Researchers on the Georgia coast are looking at the links between the BP oil spill and diminished crab and shrimp catches in the Gulf. The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography is part of a team of marine labs studying the effects of spilled oil with a half-million dollar grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Three university of Georgia scientists have received a three-year grant to study the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. The grant will allow scientists and emergency responders to better predict and respond to future spills if they occur.
Scientists, government officials, community leaders and journalists will gather at the University of Georgia this month for a symposium that will examination communication during the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Georgia environmental groups are praising a decision by the Obama administration to reverse itself on offshore oil. Back in March, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the administration would open up the East Coast to offshore drilling. Now -- after the Gulf oil spill -- Salazar says, the administration will NOT persue Atlantic oil.