Science Oil spill damage to Gulf was deeper, wider than thought, say scientists

Oil spill: Scientists have discovered four coral communities deep in the ocean that show signs of damage from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

By , LiveScience Staff Writer

Fisher Lab, Penn State University

Four years after a BP oil rig exploded and flooded the Gulf of Mexico with an estimated 170 million gallons of oil, scientists have discovered further evidence of coral communities affected by this environmental disaster.