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.
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010 will have a large economic impact on the US Gulf fisheries. A new study says that over seven years this oil spill could have a $US8.7 billion impact on the economy ... Read Post
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