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Ongoing Impacts of the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

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It’s been four years since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that took the lives of 11 people and caused the discharge of an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf resulting in the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history.

Researchers with Ocean Alliance recently teamed up with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society for ‘Operation Toxic Gulf.’ The marine expedition has been documenting the ongoing impacts of the spill on the Gulf ecosystem and on marine life with a particular emphasis on Sperm whales which are considered an indicator species for the overall health of the ecosystem.

We’ll also explore the legal and policy side of environmental restoration efforts for the Gulf of Mexico.Guests:

Iain Kerr, D.H.L., CEO of Ocean Alliance

Sara Gonzalez-Rothi Kronenthal, Senior Policy Specialist, Gulf and Coastal Restoration for the National Wildlife Federation