Measuring the Environmental Impact of Gulf Oil Spill

Friday, April 30, 2010

An oil slick from the sunk Deepwater Horizon drilling platform is seen off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. (Getty Images/Getty)

Last week’s vast oil spill just 50 miles into the Gulf of Mexico is already being called one of the most significant oil spills in U.S History; and yesterday, President Obama and the White House made it clear that they have moved clean up efforts to the top of their priority list.  

The spill is moving onshore and posing threats to a wide range of coastal life. For the latest we turn to Dave Cohen, news director for WWL Radio in New Orleans and Chris Reddy, director of the Coastal Ocean Institute at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. 


Dave Cohen and Christopher Reddy

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [3]

Kathleen KoenigI from Chicago, Illinois

I, too, am worried about the effects not only on our beautiful wildlife, which are so devastating; but also worried–as is Byron Burkhardt from Gardena, CA–about the effect of this oil spill on the thermohaline current. I know that this current is
vital to our present-day climate.

May. 15 2010 10:31 PM
Byron Burkhardt from Gardena, CA

Question for the scientific community: If the oil does get circulated into the gulf stream, what potential effect will it have on thermohaline circulation? (Conveyor belt)

May. 02 2010 11:25 PM
Laura Tobi from Miami

How come BP had no insurance on this operation? And now, once again it's us tax payers going out to pay for this. I absolutely know we need to cean up this mess, but why was BP allowed to operate without insurance? Lack of regulation again???

Apr. 30 2010 09:17 AM

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