BP tries (again) to plug leak

Deepwater Horizon oil spillEmbattled oil company BP is again trying to divert the six-week-old Gulf oil leak by smothering the gushing flow under yet another dome.  Geology Professor Cutler Cleveland,  director of the BU Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, has updated his entry on the Deepwater Horizon saga in the BU-born Encyclopedia of Earth to discuss the myth that this catastrophe is no different that the oil seeps that release large volumes of oil to the ocean naturally.

“The Deepwater Horizon site releases 3 to 12 times the oil per day compared to that released by natural seeps across the entire Gulf of Mexico … A sudden, concentrated and massive pulse of oil from an event such as the Deepwater Horizon disaster presents a fundamentally more acute stress to marine and coastal systems.”

Contact Cutler Cleveland, 617-353-3083, cutler@bu.edu

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