BP’s dispersants “usually used to handle spills of 100 barrels or less”

In the thick of it: Former Danville resident engulfed in oil spill research, Danville Advocate-Messenger, July 31, 2010:

One unique issue now plaguing the Gulf is BP’s use of largely unstudied chemical dispersants to minimize the amount of oil reaching the shore, [Biological oceanographer at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Monty] Graham said.

The dispersants used by BP are preauthorized for the handling of oil spills, but they’re usually used to handle spills of 100 barrels or less, Graham said. … “They’re using them in quantities that have never been imagined,” Graham said.

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