NSF-funded workgroup: "Storms are likely to resurrect the oil that is currently hidden from sight" -- "Much oil persists" nearshore


5 myths about BP spill's ecological impact, Houston Chronicle, November 20, 2010:

The reality is that much oil persists in the environment, within or close to sensitive coastal and deep-water habitats...

Storms are likely to resurrect the oil that is currently hidden from sight, and re-expose beaches...

It is the nonlethal effects on wildlife that are most important for the long-term integrity of populations. Examples of such nonlethal effects include tissue damage that affects organ function, damage to the DNA that makes up the genetic code, disruption of hormone functions or decreased growth or hatching success of embryos. These effects are much more likely than outright mortality to influence the severity of population decline and the rate of recovery for organisms such as fish, shrimp, and birds.

Steven Pennings, a professor in the department of biology and biochemistry at the University of Houston, submitted this article on behalf of the Gulf Coast Ecology Working Group, a group of 26 ecologists who conduct research in a variety of ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico as part of a workshop supported by the National Science Foundation. The opinions and conclusions do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF.

4 comments to NSF-funded workgroup: "Storms are likely to resurrect the oil that is currently hidden from sight" -- "Much oil persists" nearshore

  • premurderedGOM

    NON-LETHAL EFFECTS FROM LETHAL CHEMICALS? OMG, ARE YOU FUKING KIDDING ME?

  • ghana

    I believe they are trying to write and speak in a form of code. The scientists working anywhere near this are scared $h!tless of reputation loss or death. They are being careful while saying exactly what we can expect in humans as well as the other animals mentioned. This man would like to live and report again. If you need more than the diagnosis he delivered you are challenged. Those living near the coast will suffer the exact mentioned side effects.

  • All in one article: So much truth and so many lies: Too much hope embedded in the message concerning the ecological system, and too little attention to the plight of human beings.

  • soozla

    A concerned article for sure. It sounds too tidy. A storm is going to reexpose the beaches to oil. Any major storm will push the oil inland along with the dispersant and the toxic gases that are in the air. Denial and half truths are not going to help the people.

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