Does the dispersant make the oil less threatening to the environment?



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    Unfortunately, it’s hard to tell right now exactly what the dispersant’s effect will be on the environment.  There has been a panel of 50 experts that came out on May 27th backing the usage of the dispersant, however the long term effects this chemical will have on the environment remain unclear.  A quote from Carys Mitchelmore, of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science puts it nicely: “It was the consensus that the use of dispersants was, at that point, environmentally beneficial in the big picture.  What concerns me are just the huge uncertainties and data gaps, particularly when you’re talking about long-term, continued use.”

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