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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