BP spill residue found on pelicans in Minnesota

Posted on May 16th, 2012 No Comments

Researchers at North Dakota State University and Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources have found evidence of oil spill residue on the eggs of pelicans nesting at the state’s Marsh Lake.

The lake serves as the largest colony for American White Pelicans in North America. These pelicans migrate from the northern region of the United States to the Gulf of Mexico in September, where they are found as far away as Cuba.

The researchers are most worried about polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, the primary constituent of oil. This substance is known to cause cancer and birth defects in animals. They are also concerned about Corexit, the chemical that was used to disperse oil slicks on the ocean’s surface.

The study found petroleum compounds on 90 percent of the eggs of the first batch tested. Corexit was present on 80 percent of the batch. With such overwhelming results in these initial tests, the environmental impact of the BP oil spill cannot be denied.

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