New Study: Heart Damage in Tuna Exposed to BP Oil

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"Today we learned that BP oil can lead to heart attacks or death in tuna, and that similar cardiac impacts may have occurred in a number of other Gulf species."

02-13-2014 // Lacey McCormick

Today, researchers with Stanford University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that a chemical in oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill interferes with cardiac function in bluefin and yellowfin tuna, causing irregular heartbeats that can lead to heart attacks or death. 

"Nearly four years after the initial explosion, the impacts of the Gulf oil disaster continue to unfold," said Ryan Fikes, Gulf Restoration Scientist for the National Wildlife Federation. "Today we learned that BP oil can lead to heart attacks and death in tuna, and that similar cardiac impacts may have occurred in a number of other Gulf species. BP and the other responsible companies need to be held fully accountable for their negligence.  As research continues to confirm additional impacts from the oil disaster, it is imperative that penalties from the spill be dedicated to the restoration of the Gulf of Mexico."This research will be published in the February 14th edition of Science.

 

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