L.A. Times: Dispersants Endured
Mon, 2011-01-31 15:06 | by Waterkeeper Alliance
A study released last week by researchers from Massachussetts' Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution indicates that toxic oil dispersants used to clean up last May's BP oil disaster travelled 200 miles through the Gulf of Mexico over the course of 2 months.
According to this report, which was reviewed by L.A. Times reporter Bettina Boxall, dispersants had never been used in a deep-sea setting prior to the Macondo event. Researchers also found that certain chemicals in the dispersant known as Corexit did not degrade quickly when released into the environment.