Monday, August 2, 2010

New York Times Article Touches On Oil Spill Topic Addressed By Ferris Professor Dr. Gary Rodabaugh

Ferris State University's Dr. Gary Rodabaugh, a professor of Biology, discussed the topic of dispersants being used with respect to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

That topic was recently addressed by a New York Times article written by Elana Schor of Greenwire.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

But scientists warn the oil's ecological impacts are shifting, not ebbing, thanks to massive volumes of dispersants that have kept the crude beneath the waves.

"This is a management decision, to use dispersants," College of William and Mary marine science professor Robert Diaz said yesterday. "It doesn't make the oil go away, it just puts it from one part of the ecosystem to another."

That dispersed oil now hovers, diluted in the water column, posing a challenge for scientists to track and measure the subsea plumes. Mapping the long-term effects of the nearly 2 million gallons of dispersant used by BP PLC may well be equally difficult, given the array of unanswered questions that surround the products' rapid breakdown of oil droplets and their chronic toxicity.

In other words, while dispersants may have helped spare the Gulf's birds, the chemicals are likely shifting dangers to other species lower in the food chain.
Here is the original post featuring Dr. Rodabaugh's comments regarding the use of dispersants to combat the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

It's great to see Ferris experts out in front of important issues like this one.

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