Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Response Should Address Overall Ecosystem Needs, Scientists Say

Publication: The Times-Picayune

Author: Mark Schleifstein


09/28/2011 - A panel of nationally recognized scientists and engineers recommended today that officials abandon their traditional methods of mitigating the impact of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and instead recognize that the spill is only one of a number of threats to the gulf ecosystem.

The report, sponsored by the Pew Environment Group, lists 15 recommendations to address threats posed by the Deepwater Horizon spill and other “stressors” that have caused problems for the Gulf and the communities that rely on it.

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“After anything like this, an oil spill or a flood or a house fire, people just want to get back to normal,” said Christopher Mann, director of Pew’s Campaign for Healthy Oceans. “This report doesn’t say ‘don’t restore what’s sensible to restore,’ but if the edge that got oiled is certain to be under water in another 10 to 15 years, how much effort should be spent restoring that particular piece of property, as opposed to other habitat?”

Read the full article, Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Response Should Address Overall Ecosystem Needs, Scientists Say, on The Times-Picayune Web site.

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