The 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that stemmed from a rig controlled
by British Petroleum (BP) lit up news feeds all year about the damage
it must have been causing to the ocean and environment, and how the gasoline
giant was going to contain and resolve the situation. Although, it is
hard to say that the story was on the mind of the general public more
than a couple months later. But that doesn’t mean that extensive
damage wasn’t done due to the catastrophic spill.
A study recently conducted and analyzed by Florida State University researchers
and a team of federal scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration suggests that coral reef systems miles north of the event
were devastated by the spill. This is much further than previously estimated,
leaving the scientists wondering what happened.
A Dirty Clean Up Crew
A question hangs in the air today, five years after the incident: where
did all of the 130
million gallons of oil go? Surely not all of it was skimmed from the surface to
be used and processed, and it did not all splash upon the shores of the
states lining the coast. The damaged coral reefs may have the answer.
Researchers believe that BP may have used chemical dispersants on oil that
was floating on the surface of the ocean. Rather than rendering the oil
harmless or causing it to effectively dissolve, it would have sank to
the ocean floor, and right atop coral reefs and other living organisms.
In other words, if the theory is later proven conclusive, it could show
that the oil spill was not so much cleaned up as it was swept under the
(Read more about this story in an article published by the
As the extent of the damage to the ecosystem in the Gulf Coast seems to
be greater than previously imagined, ongoing issues negatively impacting
people living there could be tied to BP. If you think BP’s potentially-inadequate
job of cleaning up their oil spill has worsened your state of living in
some way – such as damaging the profits of your fishing business
– you should
contact a Midland mass tort attorney from Dean Law Firm today. We have years of experience handling complicated
cases for our clients, even when they need to go up against corporate
giants. With our know-how and commitment, we may be able to secure a fair
financial settlement for you and your family.
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