Research conducted by the Complex Fluids and Nanomaterials Group at the University of Maryland (UMD), USA, in developing safe and efficient materials to clean oil spills has been making the news.
Corals are fascinating animals. Just like there would be no forests without trees, there would be no coral reefs without corals.
The work to restore the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon drilling disaster is just beginning.
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the remediation efforts that followed raised many concerns about impacts on coastal and ocean environments.
The prevention or reduction of coastline oiling was high on responders’ priorities immediately following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Five years later, much discussion continues about balancing benefits and risks regarding dispersants, and there are increased research efforts for alternatives or enhancements to existing dispersant systems.
Scientists at the Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are leading a historic effort to study the spill’s impact from the deepest waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the people who live on its shores.
Late on the night of April 20, 2010, methane gas blew out from a wellhead a mile below the Gulf of Mexico. At a pressure 150 times greater than air at the Earth’s surface, the gas shot up through a drilling riser to the Deepwater Horizon oil platform and exploded, killing 11 workers.
Five years after BP oil disaster, Gulf’s health remains under scrutiny