Ongoing Issues with Oil in the Gulf (+ Video)

Check out this video, currently posted on the Nation, looking at the ongoing effects of the BP Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Naomi Klein visited the gulf on the research ship the Weatherbird II late last year and witnessed the ongoing issues caused by the massive amounts of oil that spewed out into the ocean.

Klein notes: “the spill-cam was switched off and it became clear that there would be no immediate mass die-offs among dolphins and pelicans… most of us were pretty much on to the next telegenic disaster.”

However, the issue lies with what people can't see. There are many plankton and bacterial species that have been adversely affected by the oil and these species form an integral part of the marine food chain.

Researchers have also found "graveyards of recently deceased coral, oiled crab larvae, evidence of bizarre sickness in the phytoplankton and bacterial communities, and a mysterious brown liquid coating large swaths of the ocean floor, snuffing out life underneath".

Klein's article "The Search for BP's Oil" outlines her experiences on the Weatherbird II and can be read in full here.

Check out more on Celsias:

Oil to Run Out in Less than a Century

Vast Stretches of Oil Still Contaminate the Gulf

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