LMRK Finds Significant Petroleum Contamination Found in Gulf Seafood Samples

According to independent tests by Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper (LMRK), several food species sampled off coastal Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico showed significant levels of petroleum contamination. High levels of petroleum hydrocarbons were found in flounder, speckled trout and oysters that otherwise appeared "pristine" upon initial visual inspection.

LMRK also noted that petroleum contamination appeared to be moving up the coastal food chain with high levels of the same hydrocarbons found in samples taken from local sea gull populations.

More information is available from the LMRK Web site and in a Dec. 13 article from Facing South:

LMRK Press Release

Article from Facing South

LMRK Seafood Sampling - Photo by Jeff Dubinsky

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