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A Tale of Two Spills: Novel Science and Policy Implications of an Emerging New Oil Spill Model

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Show simple item record Adams, E. Eric Peterson, Charles H. Anderson, Sean S. Cherr, Gary N. Ambrose, Richard F. Anghera, Shelly Bay, Steven Blum, Michael Taylor, Caz M. Condon, Robert Graham, Monty Dean, Thomas A. Guzy, Michael Hampton, Stephanie Joye, Samantha Lambrinos, John Mate, Bruce Meffert, Douglas Somasundaran, Ponisseril Spies, Robert B. Tjeerdema, Ronald Powers, Sean P. 2012-10-09T17:13:00Z 2012-10-09T17:13:00Z 2012-05
dc.identifier.issn 0006-3568
dc.identifier.issn 1525-3244
dc.description.abstract The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil release posed the challenges of two types of spill: a familiar spill characterized by buoyant oil, fouling and killing organisms at the sea surface and eventually grounding on and damaging sensitive shoreline habitats, and a novel deepwater spill involving many unknowns. The subsurface retention of oil as finely dispersed droplets and emulsions, wellhead injection of dispersants, and deepwater retention of plumes of natural gas undergoing rapid microbial degradation were unprecedented and demanded the development of a new model for deepwater well blowouts that includes subsurface consequences. Existing governmental programs and policies had not anticipated this new theater of impacts, which thereby challenged decisionmaking on the spill response, on the assessment of natural resource damages, on the preparation for litigation to achieve compensation for public trust losses, and on restoration. Modification of laws and policies designed to protect and restore ocean resources is needed in order to accommodate oil drilling in the deep sea and other frontiers. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship National Science Foundation (Grant EF-0553768) en_US
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dc.publisher University of California Press en_US
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dc.rights Article is made available in accordance with the publisher's policy and may be subject to US copyright law. Please refer to the publisher's site for terms of use. en_US
dc.source University of California Press en_US
dc.title A Tale of Two Spills: Novel Science and Policy Implications of an Emerging New Oil Spill Model en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.citation Peterson, Charles H., et al. “A Tale of Two Spills: Novel Science and Policy Implications of an Emerging New Oil Spill Model.” BioScience 62.5 (2012): 461–469. © 2012 University of California Press and American Institute of Biological Sciences en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering en_US
dc.contributor.mitauthor Adams, E. Eric
dc.relation.journal BioScience en_US
dc.identifier.mitlicense PUBLISHER_POLICY en_US
dc.eprint.version Final published version en_US
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