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Dyna-Aqua Oil Sorb™ Used by Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium to Determine the Presence of Petroleum Hydrocarbons and Corexit® in Water involved with the BP Oil Spill

The BP-Deep Horizon oil spill of April 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico was the worst in US history and one of the worst in the world. Contamination of inshore and offshore waters, beaches, salt marshes, bays, etc. has been widely reported, along with ill effects on estuarine and marine fauna. Reports of petroleum hydrocarbon and dispersant concentrations in the water have been variable. Shortly after the leaking well had been capped in July, the federal government announced that most of the 200,000,000 gallons of crude oil released into the Gulf of Mexico was no longer evident.

On August 20, 2010, Dr. Paul W. Sammarco of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) conducted reconnaissance on the NW side of Timbalier Island and off Rock Island, Louisiana to determine the presence or absence of petroleum hydrocarbons in inshore Louisiana waters (Terrebonne Bay) using a new, state-of-the-art adsorbent material – Dyna-Aqua Oil Sorb™ from Dynamic Adsorbents, Inc. The composition of petroleum hydrocarbons was determined along with their concentrations in the cloth and estimates of their concentrations in the seawater.

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