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Scientists Meet In Tampa For BP Oil Spill Conference

February 3rd, 2016

Hundreds of environmental researchers gathered this week in Tampa, Florida, for a BP oil spill conference. The conference will include nearly 300 oral presentations and more than 200 poster presentations from scientists on the lasting effects of the 2010 disaster. The presentations at the BP oil spill conference will include topics on the causes of the spill, the damage to fragile ecosystems, measures taken to restore ravaged biospheres, and efforts to prevent another such catastrophe.

History of the BP Oil Spill

On April 20, 2010, an underwater pipe from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and ruptured. Dozens of workers were injured and eleven lost their lives. The BP oil spill became the biggest environmental disaster in U.S. history, as thousands of barrels of crude oil poured into the Gulf of Mexico over the course of 89 days. According to a leading scientist at the BP oil spill conference, the spill contaminated 15 trillion (15,000,000,000,000) gallons of water and spread oil over 43,000 square miles of the Gulf.

Details of the BP Oil Spill Conference

According to a press release, the purpose of the BP oil spill conference is “to share the latest oil spill and ecosystem scientific discoveries, innovations, technologies and policies.” The BP oil spill conference will not focus solely on the environmental impact of the disaster, as it will also feature presentations the “human dimensions” of the disaster, including “sharing opportunities to promote and sustain a healthy Gulf environment, community, and economy.”

Scientist: BP Oil Spill Conference Offers “Comprehensive Look” At Data

Lisa DiPinto, senior scientist for the Assessment and Restoration Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will be among the scientists presenting her findings at the BP oil spill conference. She told reporters that she and her research team have gathered “a ton of data” gathered from more than 100,000 environmental samples of areas affected by the spill. She also said that the BP oil spill conference will offer “a more comprehensive look at the Gulf of Mexico’s ecology” since the disaster.

BP Oil Spill Conference Examines Environment, Economy

The presentations at the BP oil spill conference will include studies on both the environmental and economic impacts of the disaster. Among the presentations will be an analysis of the changes in the Gulf’s red snapper population, as well as how those changes affect the local fisheries and the ancillary industries that depend on harvesting the fish. The findings presented at the BP oil spill conference will also be made available to the public, including a format that will allow teachers to present the research in their classrooms.

Source: Tampa Tribune

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