NWF says gulf oil spill threat long term

04-11-2012 // United Press International

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With the second anniversary of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill approaching, the National Wildlife Federation warned of long-term ecosystem challenges.

A natural gas explosion sunk the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010. The accident killed 11 rig workers and oil spilled into the sea for much of the summer.

The National Wildlife Federation, in a report on the regional ecosystem, said many complications from the spill are developing.

Doug Inkley, a senior scientist at the NWF, explained that the impact of oil disasters like the 1989 grounding of the Exxon Valdez off the coast of Alaska can last for decades.

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