The Gulf oil spill: One year later
Nearly 5 million barrels of oil spilled into the waters of the Gulf—home to many species of wildlife. So far, BP has repaid the federal government $632 million for cleanup and rehabilitation costs, and was sent a 10th bill, for $62 million in mid-March.
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard/by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson
Dr. Michael Ziccardi, an associate professor of clinical wildlife health at the University of California-Davis Wildlife Health Center and an international authority on oiled bird rescue, was on-scene for much of the rehabilitation efforts on the Gulf. Read a restrospective about the oil spill and his take on the rehabilitation process in the June 2011 issue of DVM Newsmagazine.
Animals weren’t the only victims on the Gulf, though. More than 47,000 responders—including some veterinarians—were on scene throughout the cleanup, and some are beginning to report mysterious illnesses. The National Institutes of Health has commissioned a new study from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences that could last up to 10 years. The study is the largest health study of its kind ever conducted among oil spill cleanup workers and volunteers. The results are expected to help shape oil spill responses for the future.
Revisit DVM Newsmagazine's complete coverage of the oil spill here or by viewing our online photo gallery.