ECU Ecologist Looks At Impact Of Gulf Oil Spill

Nearly two months into the oil spill in the gulf--experts have begun to calculate the damage. One expert from East Carolina University spoke with WITN about the oil spill's impact.

Dr. David Kimmel, an ecology professor at ECU, spent five years in the Gulf of Mexico studying its ecosystem. Kimmel says the oil in the open water continues to destroy different types on plankton in which the food chain is based upon. Without a proper food supply, both plant and animal life will suffer.

Kimmel believes a failed ecosystem could translate into a failed economy.

On Monday BP officials released its accelerated plan with a goal to capture 50,000 barrels of oil by the end of June.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 15, 2010 at 05:47 AM
    Maritime Technical Information Facility The 600 light-ton VALDEZ STAR, the largest skimmer vessel built in the U.S. for protecting coastal waters, is described. The heart of its skimming system is a simple device that has been in use for nearly 20 years, the Dynamic Incline Plane (DIP). The reason the DIP was chosen in lieu of any more-recently introduced device was the conviction that it cleans up oil better than any other device currently available, and has an excellent reliability record. The DIP and its operation are explained, and the design features of the VALDEZ STAR are described. The ship was built by Goudy and Stevens Shipyard in East Boothbay, Maine, for the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company of Valdez, Alaska. Just consider how usefull and 3.3 million gallon oil skimmer could have had in the Gulf. Well, our president did nothing about it, he just let it happen. There is no leader in DC....
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Jun 15, 2010 at 05:03 AM
    So Doctor, what should we be doing - besides wringing our hands?? Perhaps preparing grant applications so we can study the situation for a couple of years??
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