80% of Oil NOT Recovered

Posted: September 7, 2010 in News Bulletins

…but earlier this week researchers at the University of Georgia and the Georgia Sea Grant challenged that interpretation. Almost 80 per cent of the oil has not been recovered, they say. They took particular issue with the NIC’s dismissal of dispersed oil hidden below the surface. “One major misconception is that oil that has dissolved into water is gone and, therefore, harmless,” says Charles Hopkinson at the University of Georgia in Athens, director of Georgia Sea Grant.

At stake here is the toxicity of dissolved oil in water. According to Hallberg, the Environmental Protection Agency claims that a billion droplets of water contaminated with a droplet of oil is safe to drink. So if, as the NIC suggests, the oil is reaching that point of dilution in the Gulf, we’re in the clear. Not so fast, others retort. Even if we can handle some oil in our water, deep-sea animals may not be able to. Unfortunately, it’s too early to know how these organisms are faring.

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Comments
  1. Ian Draper says:

    i would take issue with the comment about how safe the water is and the fact that the oil has dissolved into water has gone. Does Charles Hopkinson realise that oil firstly floats and then eventually disappears with the dispersant but then once broken up will remain beneath the surface and will continue to cause problems.

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