There has been much controversy surrounding BP's (NYSE:BP) use of the toxic dispersant Corexit, it's proving to kill off more than just marine life. The U.S. coastguard has deemed the Taiwanese skimmer called "A Whale" ineffective.
Due to the massive amounts of dispersants distributed into the Gulf, it broke up the oil resulting in "A Whale" not being able to properly skim the water for oil. There was a lot of optimistic hope that it would greatly assist in the removal of the toxic crude. During its testing it only removed minuscule amounts of oil.
Bob Grantham, TMT offshore spokesman said, "This ship demonstrated that it can bring substantial volumes of capacity to bear in addressing oil spills quickly and with great maneuverability. That said, the particular conditions present in the Macondo spill did not afford the vessel to recover a significant amount of oil. Due to the highly dispersed nature of oil in the Gulf."
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