Gulf spill scientists get £69m boost

Research on the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico took a major step forward today with the award of £69m ($112m) of funding. The […]

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By Sumit Bose

Research on the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico took a major step forward today with the award of £69m ($112m) of funding. The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GRI) said eight scientific consortia are to share the money over the next three years.

These teams will investigate the fate of petroleum in the environment, the impacts of the spill, and the development of new tools and technology for responding to future spills and improving mitigation and restoration.

Dr. Rita R. Colwell, Chairman of the GRI Research Board said: “These consortia establish a research community of great strength with promise of substantial achievement. The results will illuminate the consequences of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill and enable appropriate responses should there be future releases not only in the Gulf of Mexico but anywhere that oil and gas is produced in ocean environments.”

The GRI Research Board is an independent body established by BP to administer the company’s 10-year, $500m (£300m) commitment to independent research into the effects of the Deepwater Horizon incident last summer.