Scientists find “ALARMING pattern of hydrocarbons maintained in the water column, at levels that are HAZARDOUS” — Gulf now a “big experimental laboratory” (VIDEO)


Scientists investigating oil spill unsettled by calls from federal commission, WWL, September 16, 2010:

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"Right now, the Gulf is basically a big experimental laboratory," [Dr. William Sawyer, a Florida-based toxicologist] said. ...

The scientists looked at samples from off the coast of several Gulf states, including Louisiana. They said, so far, their findings are troubling.

"We've found an alarming pattern of hydrocarbons maintained in the water column, at levels that are hazardous to the marine environment," Sawyer said.

"If we're finding so much more of the toxic part of oil in the water column, the obvious question is what's happening to the seafood?" [Marco Kaltofen, a scientist and head of Boston Chemical Data in Massachusetts] said.

In the seafood, they found the presence of potentially toxic hydrocarbons, at levels above the norm.

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