Machlis speaks at LSU on long term impacts of oil leak
POSTED: Friday, March 18, 2011 - 11:53am
UPDATED: Monday, March 21, 2011 - 11:15am
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — Even though the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico has been plugged for months, many citizens are still concerned about the long term impacts of the crisis.
Gary Machlis, a science advisor to the Director of the National Park Service, spoke at LSU on March 17 to bring several departments up to date on what some of those impacts could be.
Several organizations worked for months to come up with science-based assessments of the long term effects on ecology and the economy of the gulf region.
Machlis states, “There are health issues related to the remaining oil, the dispersant, and the mix of them that federal agencies are working with local and state to try and understand. There are long term effects on wildlife, and there is a kind of “lessons learned” that needs to happen.
The hope is that several agencies will use the results to give decision makers and recovery organizations information about the crisis on the coast.