Old 08-01-2010, 05:59 PM
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There is no argument that this event has devastated fisheries in a section of the gulf coast, to the extent it may take years to recover. However, since the material and conditions are different than the Valdez disaster, long term effects over a larger area will not be as severe.

I've also heard from the commercial fish guys that the dispersants and their effect on the oil may be worse than the petroleum by itself. Does it cause the oil to lose buoyancy (get denser) and sink?