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-- into the future for the gulf marine experts are studying another catastrophic oil disaster from four decades ago.
A barge that ran aground off the coast of Massachusetts and -- 200000.
Of fuel -- that of course eyes and very small percentage compared to the BP spell but it does provide a glimpse.
Into what the -- can expect in the future my life live in Boston.
Might tell about what the scientists are seen today on Cape Cod -- and how it could help them.
-- you know strictly speaking what they're seeing are traces of oil from the spill that occurred in 1969.
I had a chance to take -- pretty enlightening walk with a longtime researcher -- actually witness that's built.
And he should that there -- still evidence of that disaster today.
It's been more than forty years since the oil barge Florida ran aground spewing nearly 200000.
Gallons of fuel indicate -- -- day.
But when the number two fuel came in what happened this.
The animals were impacted and I say they weren't killed immediately that took time for the animals to die probably about two or three days.
Your chance -- a retired researcher with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Remembers the disaster clearly -- -- -- its impact for decades.
To -- wasn't like in those weeks following the staff well.
And I say most everything in this area was killed.
And that we -- 9% mortality wasn't -- 100% because some of the animals will survive.
This in 1969 killed scores sufficient -- -- damaging sensitive oyster and clam beds.
The oil company northeast petroleum -- cleanup -- and spent weeks raking fuel from area beaches.
Signs of the disaster can still be found in the delicate marshes.
It hasn't gone away the bacteria haven't consume the oil.
After taking several -- sediment samples the unmistakable scent of oil remains well that's distinctive you can really pulpit there now you see.
Where sometimes we have to search but this is definitely.
Tainted with -- oil.
And that -- I really expected that to be more of a faint scent was actually pretty strong.
The good news is the reality is that this ecosystem has largely recovered the grass -- returned the animals have returned.
But there's still some pretty strong ramifications today that area still remains close to shell fishing out of an abundance of caution so really speaks to a long road ahead for Gulf Coast -- Runway wow that is seems like a well placed abundance of caution given the oil that that you -- -- in that -- forty years.
Later and we we've seen the same kind of thing in Alaska I remembered appease the dance triggered -- -- you know about digging into the sand into the sand.
And finding remnants of oil still it's incredible Molly thank you so much very interesting piece -- line and I think.
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