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More Bad News for BP

A brand new study found the dispersant used to break up the 200 million gallons of crude oil from the BP oil in the Gulf of Mexico is deadlier to some coral species than the oil itself. A new Laboratory study by Mote Marine, located at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway Sarasota, FL 34236, examined how coral larvae reacted to the mixture of oil and Corexit, that is the chemical used to break up the oil.

Researchers at the Sarasota Lab were able to determine that the combination of Corexit and oil is very toxic. The oil by itself was not as toxic as the mixture of Corexit and oil. The study was conducted in the Florida Keys where they could test coral samples and how they react to oil spills similar to the 2010 devastation of 1.8 million gallons.

This test confirmed that the government should have been allowed to let BP dump so much dispersant. BP dumped so much dispersant to recover from the public relations nightmare and to keep oil from hitting the shorelines. Though successful from keeping a lot of the oil from hitting the Florida coastline, BP did cause expense to the sea where the Corexit and oil was out of view of the tourists and television crews.

The fact that the dispersant was found to be toxic when mixed with the oil and resulted in the killing certain species of coral, there is no way of knowing the global impact its going to have long term on Gulf fisheries and wildlife.

At Daniels & Hannan, our attorneys represent those that are impacted or affected by the BP oil spill of 2010. If you personally or your business suffered a loss due to the BP oil spill contact our office for a free consultation.