A Post-mortem on the Gulf Oil Spill

Oil Spill and its EffectsAccording to a government report, last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill killed almost 7,000 animals.

Estimates are the worst man-made disaster in U.S. history dumped from 170 to 210 million gallons* of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

A few grim statistics:

  • About 8,000 birds were recovered. Over 6,000 were dead, and nearly 4,500 were visibly oiled.
  • Over 1,100 sea turtles were collected; 600 were dead and nearly 500 were visibly oiled.
  • In addition to the turtles, 109 other mammals were recovered, nearly all of them dead.
  • At least two reptiles were recovered, one of them dead.

At the start of this year, there were still over 9,000 clean-up workers in the Gulf, covering nearly 600 miles of oiled shoreline.

According to Admiral Paul Zukunft, the federal coordinator at the spill site, about 9,000 square miles of federal waters are still off-limits to fishing, down from almost 90,000 square miles at the height of the disaster clean-up effort.

* Please note: The 185,000 gallons reported in the dvm360 article is incorrect.

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