TV News LIES

Saturday, Aug 27th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Environment In gulf oil spill's long reach, ecological damage could last decades

In gulf oil spill's long reach, ecological damage could last decades

E-mail Print PDF

In gulf oil spill's long reach, ecological damage could last decades"This spill will be lasting for years if not decades," said Doug Inkley, senior scientist at the National Wildlife Federation. Some of the immediate effects of a spill are obvious -- witness the gut-wrenching images of soaked and suffocating seabirds in the gulf.

But some types of ecological damage are hard to measure and can take years to document. Many of the creatures that die will sink to the bottom, making mortality estimates difficult. Damage to the reproduction rate in sea turtles may take years to play out.

The Exxon Valdez spill of 11 million gallons killed as many as 700,000 sea birds and 5,000 sea otters initially, but even 21 years later, populations of sea otters in areas of Prince William Sound haven't recovered. The Pacific herring population collapsed after the spill for reasons that remain in dispute among scientists.

Two intensely studied pods of killer whales in the sound suffered heavy losses in the spill and have struggled since. One of the two pods has no more reproductive females. It is doomed to extinction.

And the oil? "It's still sitting there," said Stan Rice, program manager for habitat studies at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's Auke Bay Fisheries Lab. "It's still liquid, you can still smell it and touch it."

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


EPA links oil and gas drilling to Texas quakes

Texasa quakes linked to frackingFederal regulators have tied a string of earthquakes in north Texas to oil and gas drilling...

Fracking Update: 3 tremors in 24 hours near Oklahoma shale country

Oklahoma tremorsThree minor seismic events were recorded near the shale reserve areas in Oklahoma in the past...

Thousands of strange blue lakes are appearing in Antarctica, and it’s very bad news

Blue lakes in antarcticaScientists have confirmed that thousands of pristine blue lakes have appeared on the ice sheets of...

Ex-regulators back Obama in fracking rule court appeal

Ex-regulators back fracking rulesA bipartisan quartet of former high-level Interior Department officials is supporting the Obama administration in its...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!