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

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.

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Thanks for sharing. We’re glad to see these important conversations taking place. Along with the health and environmental impacts, the oil spill continues to affect the mental and emotional health of Gulf Coast residents.

I’d like to point out that the Oil Spill Distress Helpline is a free and confidential resource available to those affected by the Oil Spill. This service, supported by the Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA), works to connect folks in the Gulf Coast regions with counselors trained in providing emotional support and resource guidance. We are available 24/7 at 1-800-985-5990, or you can text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 to speak with our dedicated staff. More information can be found on our website at

Once again, thank you for sharing!

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