Government, environmentalists: Gulf floor oil is concerning | Business
NEW ORLEANS - A federal report released on Friday, Dec. 17, expresses concern over oil from BP's spill being lodged in the sediment of the Gulf of Mexico at levels that could threaten the water's resident plants and animals. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is the agency behind the report's research, which is based on ongoing, comprehensive monitoring of the water, coast, and sediments in the Gulf.
Tampa Bay area beaches and other coastal communities could be affected by the threats to plant and animal life, but the primary evidence of the contamination is limited to the few locations in the Gulf that are close to BP's offshore Macondo well, according to officials.
While many organisms are at risk by the contamination, there is very little that can be done to clean up the oil, which has now settled deep onto the floor or the Gulf. The "actionable oil," which is any that can be cleaned up, is being addressed through oil removal and restoration of the Gulf, according to the NOAA.
Continuing research and analysis is expected from the federal government in coordination with state and local partners moving forward, as they develop long-term response goals to be overseen by regional U.S. Coast Guard units.