Chemicals used to clean oil spill may have ill effects listen05/03/10 Lisa Marzilli
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One of the techniques being used by BP to tackle the massive oil spill is the use of chemical oil dispersants such as solvents, and other compounds. Theyâ€™re used to reduce the effect of oil spills by changing the chemical and physical properties of the oil. However, they are controversial.
On a phone call with reporters today, US Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry said the use of such dispersants is unprecedented at the depths theyâ€™re being used.
Associate Professor Peter Harrison, the director of Marine Studies at Southern Cross University, says chemicals used to disperse an oil leak from a coal carrier when it ran aground inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park last month may have a devastating effect on coral spawning later this year.
NOAA Environmental Scientist Charlie Henry gave a vague response when asked today by a reporter about the detrimental effects the chemical dispersants themselves could have on the environment.