August 5, 2014
A team of scientists studying the cause of skin lesions found on fish in the Gulf of Mexico in 2011 and 2012 have been unable to rule out toxic chemicals contained in oil released during the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill as their cause, according to a peer reviewed study released Monday (Aug. 4).
"We can't say with 100 percent certainty that it was the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but we can say what it wasn't," said University of South Florida marine science professor Steven Murawski, principal investigator with the university's Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of Gulf Ecosystems, and who served as the senior science adviser at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration during and immediately after the spill.
And what it wasn't was basically everything else, Murawski said.
"We've analyzed the other potential sources and the one that correlates the best is the Deepwater Horizon," he said.
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