Signs of recovery from the Gulf oil spill are already appearing, but scientists caution that many unknowns exist – including the effect of millions of gallons of oil dispersants.
'Static kill,' similar to the previously attempted 'top kill' solution, involves pumping mud and cement into the leaking well, hopefully sealing it permanently.
Since BP capped its ruptured well, the Gulf oil spill has shrunk dramatically. The Gulf itself is breaking down the oil at top speed, but past spills indicate the effects could linger for decades.
The federal government enacted a six-month moratorium on offshore drilling in deep waters in the wake of the Gulf oil spill. Depending on who you ask, it is either an environmental necessity or an economic disaster.
Saltwater marshes on the Gulf Coast are far more resilient than freshwater marshes, new research finds. The results could reframe how scientists work to stop the chronic erosion of coastal wetlands in the Gulf.
Some experts wonder how 'independent' BP's grants for Gulf oil spill research on ecosystem damage and recovery will be. But so far, it looks like the money comes with no strings attached.
Scientists are tackling Internet rumors of worst-case senarios from the Gulf oil spill. But as one says, 'What we have going on now is a huge science experiment and research needs to be done on it.'
Gulf oil spill: By opening the floodgates on the Mississippi River leg that runs through New Orleans the rushing water could block the oil slick from harming the delta wetlands further.
Dead zone: An underwater area with little or no oxygen that has plagued Gulf waters for many years will be larger than usual this year.
Offshore drilling moratorium could cost Gulf communities hundreds of millions in lost jobs and revenue well past the six-month term, say analysts.