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.
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
On April 20, 2010, an explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig kicked off the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, as nearly five million barrels of oil spewed into the Gulf Coast over the next several months. Most of that... Read Post