Oil from Deepwater Horizon spill found inside seaside sparrows

A study published last Wednesday, November 16 in Environmental Research Letters, conducted by scientists from Louisiana State University and Clarksville, Tennessee-based Austin Peay State University, showed that carbon from the London-based oil giant British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon oil spill was found in the feathers and digestive tracts of seaside sparrows, evidence that chemicals from the oil spill have now contaminated some parts of the food chain.

The carbon signatures that were found in each of the 10 birds tested were compatible with those found from the oil spill.

The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill became known as the biggest oil spill in the United States, with White House energy adviser Carol Martha Browner calling it “the worst environmental disaster the U.S. has faced”.

A major oil spill brings about a slew of negative effects to nearby wildlife and habitats, such as oiled birds, beaches covered in crude-oil sludge, and dead fish. In 2012, traces of oil in zooplankton in the Gulf of Mexico were found. A 2016 report from international ocean conservation and advocacy group Oceana showed that 600,000 to 800,000 birds were killed as an effect of the spill, six years after it happened in 2010.

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