Dispersants Breaking Up Rena’s Oil ” Harming Sea Life”

Photo: Oil Spill Rena ( WN)

NZ Herald2011-10-11:                      Using dispersants to break up oil leaking from the Rena may cause more harm than good to marine life, an environmental consultant says. Rick Steiner, a veteran of the Gulf of Mexico spill last year, said the dispersant Corexit 9500 was not suited to near-shore waters. Mr Steiner, based in Alaska, said dispersants were supposed to break up the oil sitting on the surface and take it down into the water column. “If it’s in shallow water then it’s going to contact the seabed habitat and then foul that and that’s somewhat what happened in the Gulf…                     more »

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~ by narhvalur on October 14, 2011.

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