When the Deepwater Horizon oil well exploded two years ago in the Gulf of Mexico, many academic scientists stepped outside of the Ivory Tower to study what was an unprecedented -- and unintended -- environmental experiment. They succeeded in gathering mountains of data, learning all sorts of new things, and advancing science. But they also failed. Chemist Christopher Reddy explains how he, and other scientists, could have done better during the crisis and how government, industry and other first responders could have better cooperated with scientists.
The Deepwater Horizon rig wasn't the first to explode and spew oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists are looking back to a 1979 disaster that, they tell the Miami Herald, offers insight into the current disaster. “Everybody keeps ... Read Post
Since the explosion on the BP Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico in April of 2010, scientists have been working to understand the impact the disaster has had on the environment. For months, crude oil gushed into th... Read Post
CAMBRIDGE, MD (March 20, 2012)—Since the explosion on the BP Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, scientists have been working to understand the impact that this disaster has had on the environment... Read Post