BP oil spill from deep water rig is the biggest oil spill in the history of United States. BP oil leak has affected the lively hood of many places along with Gulf of Mexico region, especially New Orleans, which depends on sea food industry. A recent report voiced concerns about the health of people who are involved in cleaning of the oil spill. The report says that the oxygen content in water is going down.
Samantha Joye, marine scientist, University of Georgia revealed that the underwater oil spill is affecting the oxygen concentration level in parts of Gulf of Mexico. The level of drop is not enough to affect the marine life, yet, but it could reach to dangerously low levels.
How much time would it take for oxygen level to drop to dangerous levels?
Dr. Joye estimated that at the measured rate, it would take...
months for levels before it becomes hazardous for fish and other marine life.
What is the reason for the loss of oxygen?
Oil spill is accompanied by release of tremendous amount of methane gas due to ruptured deep water oil well. Also, microbes feeding on methane consume oxygen.