THE BP OIL DISASTER: APPROACHING THE AFTERMATH
Now that oil has more or less stopped hemorrhaging from the Deepwater Horizon blowout, the mainstream media is reporting on a government study that claims that 75% of the oil that gushed into the Gulf of Mexico is gone. Only, that's not what the report actually said, and furthermore many scientists are disputing its methodology. On this segment of Locus Focus we'll find out what's really going on with all the oil from this disaster: along the beaches that line the Gulf Coast, on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, as well as deep underwater where the oil is least easily detected. Dr. Ronald Kendall, Director of the Institute of Environmental and Human Health and Professor and Chairman of the Department of Environmental Toxicology at Texas Tech University joins Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein to clarify what's actually contained in the government report on the BP oil disaster, as well as what's missing. We discuss the longterm consequences of so much oil and toxic material spilling into the Gulf of Mexico and why this is a problem that won't disappear as soon as many parties would like to see.
Dr. Ronald Kendall is the founder and director of the Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech University, where he also chairs the Department of Environmental Toxicology.