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.