BP oil spill contributed to loss of Louisiana marshes

Posted on June 28th, 2012 No Comments

A University of Florida researcher has published a study that measured the 2010 BP oil spill’s impact on marshlands in Louisiana. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was funded by a $200,000 grant pulled from a $500 million research fund provided by BP after the spill.

Brian Silliman and his team have been studying the marshes since July of 2010, three months after the spill.  They found that the 45-mile stretch of oil-exposed marshes eroded more rapidly than those that weren’t exposed. Once marshland is lost, it cannot be restored.

The marshes play a vital role in Louisiana’s aquatic ecosystems and fishing industry.

Two years after the accident, the oil spill’s far-reaching consequences may still not be fully understood. If the oil spill has caused you to lose business or has ruined your land, contact the Gulf oil spill property damage lawyers of Williams Kherkher at 800-821-1544.

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