The Deepwater Horizon Spill May Have Caused ‘Irreversible’ Damage To Gulf Coast Marshes
(Click to enlarge) Gulf oil reaching marshes. (Credit: Hans Deryk, Reuters)
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has been called one of the worst environmental disasters in American history — and more than six years later, scientists are still investigating how much damage it actually caused. Now, a new study suggests the spill may have permanently marred one of the Gulf shore’s most important ecosystems.
(From Washington Post/by Chelsea Harvey) The study, published Tuesday in the journal Scientific Reports, finds the oil spill caused widespread erosion in the salt marshes along the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. And the researchers say there’s a chance these marshes might never completely grow back. Read the full story »