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'Dirty Blizzard' Sent 2010 Gulf Oil Spill Pollution to Seafloor

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Scientists working in the Gulf of Mexico have found that contaminants from the massive 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill lingered in the subsurface water for months after oil on the surface had been swept up or dispersed. In a new study, they also detailed how remnants of the oil, black carbon from burning oil slicks and contaminants from drilling mud combined with microscopic algae and other marine debris to descend in a "dirty blizzard" to the seafloor.

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Small Offshore Oil Spills Put Seabirds at Risk: Industry Self-Monitoring Failing

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Seabirds exposed to even a dime-sized amount of oil can die of hypothermia in cold-water regions, but despite repeated requests by Environment Canada, offshore oil operators are failing when it comes to self-monitoring of small oil spills, says new research out of York University.

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Six Years After Deepwater Horizon Spill Still Looking for Answers

Field experiment aims to uncover new clues about how oil and other pollutants move in the ocean.

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Oil Dispersants Can Suppress Natural Oil-Degrading Microorganisms, New Study Shows

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The use of chemical dispersants meant to stimulate microbial crude oil degradation can in some cases inhibit the microorganisms that naturally degrade hydrocarbons, according to a new study led by University of Georgia marine scientists.

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New Report Details 10 Years of Improvements in Gulf Observation Systems

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A new report from the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association details the first 10 years of the nonprofit organization's work to improve access to ocean observing data that helps to protect and preserve the Gulf and its residents.

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UGA Researcher Calls for More Natural Baseline Data Collection in World’s Oceans

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According to University of Georgia’s Samantha Joye, one of the biggest challenges in evaluating the environmental impacts of the Macondo blowout was the lack of baseline data. She argues in a new article in the journal Science that environmental monitoring data is desperately needed to establish natural baselines.

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Oil Spill Experts from Clarkson U. - Beacon Institute Available to Interview on Indian Point Plant Oil Spill Impact

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New Gulf Oil Specialist More Than Getting Her Feet Wet

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Monica Wilson, the new Florida Sea Grant Gulf oil spill specialist, works with colleagues in several states to bring the latest science data to fishermen, businesses, tourism officials and more.

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Five Years After Gulf Spill, Residents Still Suffering Significant Mental Health Problems

Five years ago the BP Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded. The spill caused enormous environmental damage, but it also caused great stress among Gulf Coast residents. Even now, a significant percentage of people there continue to deal with anxiety, depression and other mental health issues, researchers say.

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Five Years After Oil Spill, UF Survey Shows Gulf Coast Residents Are Still Impacted

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The survey shows that more than 34 percent of residents said they were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with their community’s economy after the DWH oil spill, while only 15.6 percent felt that way before the oil spill.

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Five Years After the Deepwater Horizon, Are Gulf States Prepared for the Next Oil Disaster?

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It has been five years since the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Are Gulf states better prepared today to deal with the next disaster?

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Study Shows Seafood Samples Had No Elevated Contaminant Levels From Oil Spill

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Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010, many people were concerned that seafood was contaminated by either the oil or dispersants used to keep the oil from washing ashore. Ina University of Florida study, all seafood tested so far has shown “remarkably low contaminant levels,” based on FDA standards, and revealed that: • 74 percent of samples were below quantifiable limits; • 23 percent of samples were between 0.1-0.9 parts per billion, and; • 3 percent of samples were between 1.0 and 48 parts per billion.