After the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico clumps of oil called tar balls began washing up on beaches and it was thought there were harmless. Now new research from Auburn University in Alabama has shown that tar balls are actually reservoirs for a multitude of bacteria – including one pathogen that can cause life-threatening illness.It’s called Vibrio vulnificus, a naturally occurring bacterium that thrives in warm seawater.
A team of researchers studying the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on northern Gulf of Mexico beaches say areas just offshore from some of Florida's most heavily oiled beaches appear to be free of visible oil contamination... Read Post
Tar balls that turned up on the US Gulf coast this month are linked to BP's oil spill last year, signalling that the area is still not fully cleaned up, a study has found.Researchers from Auburn University found the environmental im... Read Post
fter 200 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, the government and BP cleanup crews mysteriously had trouble locating all of it. Now, a new study led by Florida State University Professor of Ocea... Read Post