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The Influence of Oil Dispersants on the Biodegradation of South Louisiana Crude Oil and the Resulting Toxicological, Molecular and Physiological Effects on the Gulf Killifish

Implementing Organization

Louisiana State University

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$311,561

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program

Details

Project Category

Science

Project Actions

Chemical Aspects Research

Targeted Resources

Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

An estimated 6.9 million liters of dispersant were applied in the Gulf of Mexico in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill with approximately 4 million liters deployed to surface waters 2.9 million liters utilized for sub-sea applications. Formulations of COREXIT, a family of oil dispersants, were the primary agents utilized in this effort. Acute toxicity parameters for these dispersants have been established, but the synergistic effects of weathering and salinity on these oil/dispersant mixtures on aquatic biota are not well known.

Contact

Christopher Green
225-765-2848
cgreen@agcenter.lsu.edu
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Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

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