“We Didn’t Know the Impacts” of Dispersants on Sea Life

But we decided to use them anyway. Go U.S.A.!  U.S.A….U.S.A.

Too much oil was collecting on the surface above the wellhead, ruining any would-be attempt to kill the gushing well. But, as McNutt is keen to note, “Problem was, there was no science when you apply [chemical dispersants] in the deep sea — we didn’t know the impacts on sea life.”

But the administration’s response team made a snap judgment that deploying the dispersants — without fully knowing the consequences on the underwater ecosystems — was worth the risks so they could continue operations to halt the flow of oil. “It’s still something that’s a TBD,” she says.

via “We Didn’t Know the Impacts” of Dispersants on Sea Life: Obama Admin : TreeHugger.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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