Congress has put the pressure on BP to release a video of the underwater oil spill (or gusher) polluting the *bleep* out of the Gulf of Mexico. Here is the just released video on YouTube.
Some bad news to follow as well.
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Reportedly, Steve Wereley, the associate professor at Purdue University who told NPR the actual leak rate of the BP oil disaster is about 70,000 barrels a day (or 3 million gallons a day) says now that he is confident from these new videos that the rate is actually considerably higher.
Additionally, if you want some more good news, Propublica reports: “The two types of dispersants BP is spraying in the Gulf are banned for use on oil spills in the U.K.”
And, furthermore, the loop current is now drawing the BP oil to the Florida Keys. Combining this with other factors currently causing tremendous harm to corals — human sewage, metal pollution, and ocean warming and acidification resulting from global climate change — toxicologist Carys Mitchelmore, a professor at the University of Maryland’s Chesapeake Biological Laboratory and an expert on the impact of dispersants and dispersed oil on marine life, says: “We could be getting to the point that puts coral over the edge.”
Not good news, for the environment or all of us who rely on it to survive.
Source: Climate Progress
Image Credit: screenshot of YouTube video