Greenpeace announced Wednesday morning that they would be launching a three month expedition to analyse the impact of the BP oil spill.
The Greenpeace vessel MV Arctic Sunrise will set sail Thursday morning from Saint Petersburg, Florida, and tour the southern tip of Florida and its Keys before moving northward to where the Deepwater Horizon exploded.
“From the very start, the full scope of the Gulf oil disaster has been obscured by BP and even our own government,” said John Hocevar, Greenpeace USA Oceans Campaign Director.
“The largest accidental oil spill in history and the unprecedented use of chemical dispersants will impact Gulf marine life for years to come, and independent research is critical to ensure that BP is not allowed to hide what they have done or walk away from their responsibilities,” Hocevar argued.
The MV Arctic Sunrise will “host independent scientists who will be researching the impacts of oil and chemical dispersants on Gulf ecosystems and marine life,” Hocevar added. The scientists will be looking at the ecosystem from plankton to coral reefs and everything in between.