(NDJ) – Research in the products used to clean up the Gulf Of Mexico oil residue that was spilled by the Deep Water Horizon, proves to be devastating to the ecosystem.
NDJ World | Published: Dec 03 2012 North America
Scientists discovered that the chemicals used to clean the oil from the water are 52 times more toxic than the oil itself and are making the cleanup actually worse.
4.9 million barrels of oil were released into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 when the Deep Water Horizon exploded, resulting into an ecological disaster.
The millions of gallons of chemicals dumped in the water to clean up the Gulf and dissolve the oil are turning the disaster into a catastrophe.
Research conducted by the Technological Institute of Georgia and the University of Aguascalientes in Mexico, reveals that the mixture of oil with the chemicals increase the toxicity of the water by 52 percent.
Scientist took samples from the oil dispersed by Deep Water Horizon and mixed it with Corexit, the chemical used in the Gulf that breaks up the oil into tiny particles, making it easier for nature to absorb.
The researchers were able to determine that mixing crude oil with Corexit increases toxicity levels by 52 percent, compared to the toxicity generated by oil alone.
Scientists say the level of toxicity from oil mixed with Corexit, kills multi-cell organisms off in vast numbers. The chance of eggs from multi-cell organisms still hatching, dropped to 50 percent.
That phenomenon is devastating to other species in the water, such as shrimp, crab and young fish, which depend on these multi-organisms for food during the spring.
Their finding will be published in the next volume of ‘Environmental Pollution’ with the hope that the results of their study will encourage other scientists to move to a better management of oil disasters.
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