A Tale of Two Spills: Novel Science and Policy Implications of an Emerging New Oil Spill Model

Oil containment boom surrounds New Harbor IslandUpon the second anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, a national panel of researchers offers a new model for understanding what happened in this disaster, how to think of such events in the future, and why existing tools were inadequate to fully predict what lay before them. The findings of the NCEAS' "Ecotoxicology of the gulf oil spill: A holistic framework for assessing impacts" working group are published in the May issue of BioScience.

A Tale of Two Spills: Novel Science and Policy Implications of an Emerging New Oil Spill Model
Charles H. Peterson, Sean S. Anderson, Gary N. Cherr, Richard F. Ambrose, Shelly Anghera, Steven Bay, Michael Blum, Robert Condon, Thomas A. Dean, Monty Graham, Michael Guzy, Stephanie Hampton, Samantha Joye, John Lambrinos, Bruce Mate, Douglas Meffert, Sean P. Powers, Ponisseril Somasundaran, Robert B. Spies, Caz M. Taylor, Ronald Tjeerdema, and E. Eric Adams
BioScience, 62(5), 461-469, 2012

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A follow-up exchange occurred with representatives of the petroleum industry in the December issue of BioScience.

Following is a sample of the media coverage of this study:
Ventura County Star: CI Professor leads panel on Deepwater Horizon oil spill

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Posted on April 20, 2012