From Ecoworld in the USA:
Sea Turtle Populations Drop Following Spill
Posted on 27 January 2011
The BP oil spill was especially unkind to sea turtles, experts say. A new report finds that more turtles were killed or injured in the Gulf of Mexico in the time after the April 20th disaster than in any similar period in the past twenty years.
Researchers with the National Wildlife Federation, the Sea Turtle Conservancy, and the Florida Wildlife Federation say there were four to six times more turtles found dead, disabled, and diseased in the months after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill than average.
The analysis did not pinpoint cause of death, although researchers said that many of the 600 creatures certainly died of exposure to crude. But while many turtles could have died from other factors such as entanglement in fishing nets and cold weather, the spike in deaths following the spill is still significant – and troubling.
Renee Schoof, McClatchy Newspapers: “An active ingredient in the chemical dispersants pumped deep into the Gulf of Mexico after BP’s oil spill didn’t break down, but remained for several months in a deep layer of oil and gas, according to a study published Wednesday. The study provides the first data about what happened to the 800,000 gallons of dispersants that were pumped into the oil and gas that gushed a mile below the surface from the broken BP well. Additional studies are under way to find out if there were toxic effects from the dispersants in the deep water”: here.
Out of 91,000 Gulf oil spill claims, only 1 final payment issued: here.
BP’s ‘slap in the face’ to oil spill victims: here.
If BP gets away with reducing the flow estimate to half of the current estimate in the Gulf spill, it will be a masterful manipulation of government regulators and inexperienced administration officials: here.
Gulf oil spill thought to have killed some 60,000 birds: here.
Study finds massive flux of gas, in addition to liquid oil, at BP well blowout in Gulf: here.