A research group led by the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science was awarded an $11 million grant to study the ecological impacts of last year’s gulf oil spill and the unprecedented use of dispersants.
On Tuesday, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Research Board, charged with administering BP’s commitment, announced that eight research consortia will share $112.5 million of that $500 million over the next three years.
Research Board Requests Proposals to Establish Consortia to Study Effects of Deepwater Horizon on the Gulf of Mexico
BP today announced it is providing $10 million to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under its Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) to support a study of potential public health issues relating to the Gulf oil spill and other spill-related health research.
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.
While the methane levels from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill may have returned to normal, the chemical dispersants used during the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico may be here to stay.
BP PLC provided the state of Alabama $5 million that went from the governor to the Marine Environmental Science Consortium (MESC), which is housed at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL), to study the impact of the Deepwater Horizon incident and its effects in the Gulf of Mexico.