Did I every mention that I have a minor in Coastal Science? I used to really want to get on with the Woods Hole Oceonographic Institute. They send out the big research vessels. I got to go out into the Gulf on a small research vessel out of LUMCON in Cocodrie to do some sampling for a class.
I just can't say enough how sad and bad, for everyone, this is. Once this stuff really spreads into the Gulf Stream, the next step is the North Atlantic Current.
Right now, this is an American problem, but it could likely become a world problem.
New oil numbers may do more harm to fish, wildlife
By SETH BORENSTEIN and HARRY R. WEBER, Associated Press Writers Seth Borenstein And Harry R. Weber, Associated Press Writers 45 mins ago
HOUSTON – New numbers showing the amount of oil gushing from a well in the Gulf of Mexico may be double as much as previously thought means the crude is likely to travel farther away, threatening more birds, fish and other wildlife that call the fragile waters their home, scientists said Friday.
The new figures could mean about 40 million gallons to more than 100 million gallons of oil have already fouled the Gulf's delicate ecosystem and are affecting people who live, work and play along the coast from Louisiana to Florida — and perhaps beyond.
More oil means the giant gooey cloud can spread out over a greater distance, having far worse consequences for the environment, said Paul Montagna, a marine biologist at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.
"Doubling the amount of oil does not have a linear effect, it doesn't double the consequences, it may instead have quadruple the consequences," Montagna, who studies the Gulf of Mexico deep sea reefs and other underwater ecosystems, said.
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