Cleanup efforts are underway after a major oil spill off the coast of Southern California dumped more than 120,000 gallons – or 3,000 barrels – of heavy crude oil into the Pacific Ocean. Drone videos show oil-slicked water at Huntington Beach while crews on the water and onshore work feverishly to limit the environmental damage from the spill.
While the leak – which was first reported to federal and state authorities on Friday evening – appears to have stopped, experts fear the long-term impacts of this disaster on the environment could be significant.
Andrea Bonisoli Alquati, a professor of biological sciences at Cal Poly Pomona, tells NPR that the impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on marine and terrestrial wildlife along the Gulf Coast can be seen even today:
The exposure that bird and marine life get subtly through their diet or because of physical contact with the oil might affect their physiology, their health and translate into a…