Investigators urge more research on oil spill dispersants

Boats burning oil on the surface near BP's Deepwater Horizon spill source.

Boats burning oil on the surface near BP's Deepwater Horizon spill source. credit: Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace June 17, 2010, Louisiana.

Originally published on the Daily Comet.

BATON ROUGE — The Government Accountability Office says more research is needed on possible environmental problems that could result from using oil spill dispersants to break up an oil spill, as BP PLC did after the disastrous 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, issued its report Friday and found not much testing had been done on oil spill dispersants before they were used in the Gulf.

The GAO was asked to investigate the use of dispersants following BP’s catastrophic April 2010 oil well blowout that killed 11 workers and caused the nation’s largest offshore spill.

To combat the spill, BP was allowed to spray oil spill dispersants on the Gulf to break up the oil. The use of dispersants has been controversial…

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