Cleanup compound blamed for worsening BP spill's animal impact

The dispersant used to help clear the 4.9 billion barrels of crude oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico three years ago is being blamed for worsening the ecosystem-wide effects of the disaster by some scientists, who point to high numbers of dead dolphins, turtle strandings and marine life with abnormalities as evidence. Experts say 1.8 million gallons of the dispersant broke down the oil into droplets, allowing it to spread farther and deeper. BP notes that the dispersant is a government-approved product and maintains its commitment to resolving the crisis.

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