ST. PETERSBURG — Florida scientists will ride their research vessel to Cuba next month to take measurements of its coastal waters before any oil spill ruins them.
One of the major problems with the 2010 BP oil spill, say scientists, is that no one — not the government, not the oil companies, not even universities — had taken base line measurements of what conditions were like in the Gulf of Mexico prior to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
So the University of South Florida’s marine science department has been trying to rectify that by taking readings all around the edges of the Gulf over the past year or so. They even journeyed down to Mexico, where they not only took readings but also found signs that oil still remains from the 1979 Ixtoc I spill, a disaster that paralleled the BP spill. Continue reading