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Many scientists have been saying that the damage to the ocean coastline from the gulf oil spill will last for decades but take a look at these images of the beach is affected by the Exxon Valdez spill.
Just a few months after the cleanup began.
-- nature be able to recover this time our next guest says all we need to do is look back at history to see -- the ultimate outcome mean for me.
This right -- -- professor huh University of Texas El Paso in the lead scientists in the Exxon Valdez cleanup effort well doctor how bad is this in your mind.
Well I think that you said before that you we have to look pay it back in history to see what happened -- these questions.
Were asked in 1989.
And before that 1979.
And then what does things that I would tell the audience is that they have to remember that said -- in -- natural in the C.
Lots of them -- to twelve million tons a year every year coming -- of natural seats at the bottom.
And the reason that we don't -- -- that oil is because there are organisms in the C that -- called hydrocarbon integrators.
Who can they consume the -- their food okay well how about this in the Washington Post yesterday -- that the lead scientist for the National Wildlife Federation said.
The steel will be lasting four years if not decades.
Well I think again you have to look at the history okay in 1979.
There was a blow out very similar -- ex-TAC.
-- can't pitch a day which is right in and the border of the Gulf of Mexico.
-- for nine months something like 400000.
Okay and Valdez just for comparison was 40000 times.
About one or 2% of that -- reached the sure.
Because of these organisms that we're consuming it is food.
And furthermore if you look back the shrimping industry in that region recovered about two years.
A lot of people would love to look to attend listen -- -- and -- -- there's some optimism out -- but talk a little -- if you -- about these -- Because you're saying that the oil we're seeing coming -- service -- -- like the this -- -- which is -- -- fight oil and means that is partially by degraded or ready.
But there is controversy about these dispersed some people say they've been getting sick from them when they're close next to them out on -- -- it's.
Yeah well I think that again the same controversies came up in in all the oil spills in the past and remember these dispersed -- have been improved by EPA for.
Since before 1989.
They are approved by the EPA.
And basically what you're talking about here is if you have oil in the open -- floating slick okay.
You have a choice.
You can mix it with a water by using businessperson -- the organisms can get it.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Before cancer well you could -- if you -- equipment -- -- -- right and they should be thanks so much for joining us it's good to get somebody actually does is reliving talking about actually solve the problem because we're in the middle -- -- -- I helped it today we're ready and the beaches switches and exports aren't doctor -- only been through much returns from my pleasure thanks.
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