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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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dc.creator Peterson, Charles H.
dc.creator Anderson, Sean S.
dc.creator Cherr, Gary N.
dc.creator Ambrose, Richard F.
dc.creator Anghera, Shelly
dc.creator Bay, Steven
dc.creator Blum, Michael
dc.creator Condon, Robert
dc.creator Dean, Thomas A.
dc.creator Graham, Monty
dc.creator Guzy, Michael
dc.creator Hampton, Stephanie
dc.creator Joye, Samantha
dc.creator Lambrinos, John
dc.creator Mate, Bruce
dc.creator Meffert, Douglas
dc.creator Powers, Sean P.
dc.creator Somasundaran, Ponisseril
dc.creator Spies, Robert B.
dc.creator Taylor, Caz M.
dc.creator Tjeerdema, Ronald
dc.creator Adams, E. Eric
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-26T17:47:23Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-26T17:47:23Z
dc.date.issued 2012-05
dc.identifier.citation Peterson, C., Anderson, S., Cherr, G., Ambrose, R., Anghera, S., Bay, S., . . . . (2012). A tale of two spills: Novel science and policy implications of an emerging new oil spill model. BioScience, 62(5), 461-469. doi: 10.1525/bio.2012.62.5.7 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/31575
dc.description This is the author's peer-reviewed final manuscript, as accepted by the publisher. The published article is copyrighted by American Institute of Biological Sciences and can be found at: http://www.aibs.org/bioscience/. en_US
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 Support for this project came from the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, using funds provided by National Science Foundation grant no. EF-0553768; by the University of California, Santa Barbara; and by the State of California. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Institute of Biological Sciences en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries BioScience en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Vol. 62 no. 5 en_US
dc.subject Deep water horizon en_US
dc.subject Gulf of Mexico en_US
dc.subject Blowout en_US
dc.subject Petroleum en_US
dc.subject Ecosystem 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.doi 10.1525/bio.2012.62.5.7


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