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First Study of Dispersants in Gulf Spill Suggests a Prolonged Deepwater Fate
January 26, 2011
To combat last year's Deepwater Horizon oil spill, nearly 800,000 gallons of chemical dispersant were injected directly into the oil and gas flow coming out of the wellhead nearly one mile deep in the Gulf of Mexico. Now, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution chemist Elizabeth B. Kujawinski and her colleagues report that a major component of the dispersant itself was contained within an oil-gas-laden plume in the deep ocean and had still not degraded some three months after it was applied.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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