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New Evidence Rises from the Depths of the Gulf Oil Spill

Arsenic and oil don't mix

Oil spill in Gulf arsenic build-up

With even more damning evidence seemingly arriving on a daily basis, causing what has to be the worst PR nightmare in corporate history. BP the company at the focus of so much negative attention just can’t seem to catch a break.

As they try to get a grip on this environmental mess that they are desperately involved in fixing, it seems to slowly drift out of their reach again. Mid August the expected day of completion for the relief well seems like light years away when you think about 60,000+ barrels a day of oil spewing out of the earth.

Of course, that August date is if nothing else goes wrong. What are the chances of nothing else bad occurring during the storm season? Let us hope for the environments sake and all the living beings in the Gulf, both human and animal that all goes smoothly with the coming operations.

Now in its 75th day, this man made catastrophe has reportedly started causing side effects that are both shocking and alarming to the scientific world as well as the general public.

Firstly, there is still ongoing research into the massive quantities of Methane Gas discovered in different parts of the affected ocean, which were reportedly up to a million times higher than normal and followed by further reports of gas fissures erupting from the ocean bed adding even more validity to the breaking news.

Now new research findings carried out by BP’s own countrymen and just released by the British scientists who are conducting extensive tests on the negative effects that oil has on the filtration of arsenic within the ocean, only paint an even grimmer picture of a possibly whole new development that is in the process of happening.

So know the public is being made aware that the large quantities of oil in the water are stopping another natural chemical reaction from occurring. That of arsenic being filtered out of the ocean waters where it naturally occurs. Due to the oil coating the important sediment particles on the oceans floor known as Goethite, these sedimentary particles in turn are unable to naturally react and neutralize the increasing build-up of arsenic.

The scientists stated that the hindering of the ocean’s natural filtration causes arsenic levels to rise and enter the marine ecosystem. Concentrations of the poison become increasingly higher as it moves up the food chain, eventually causing disruptions to the process of photosynthesis in marine plants. This disruption will in turn directly increase the chances of abnormal growth that not only lead to birth defects in aquatic life, but behavioural changes as well.

Up higher in the food chain it could also kill animals such as birds that eat sea creatures.

Will August be too late to remedy this extremely volatile situation? Some members of the public may be left wondering just that.


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