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Dispersing the oil

Chemical dispersants speed the natural process of breaking up oil that waves and water eventually do anyway.


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U.S. considers deep-sea chemicals for oil cleanup
Article | The decision on whether to use chemical dispersants deep below the sea's surface to break up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill boils down to two central questions: Is it worth taking this unprecedented step to protect the region's sensitive and ecologically valuable wetlands, even at the potential exp...
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Oil dispersants flowed freely despite restriction, papers show
Article | While the BP well was still gushing, the Obama administration issued an order that limited the spreading of controversial dispersant chemicals on the Gulf of Mexico's surface. Their use, officials said, should be restricted to "rare cases."

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