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Emergency Response to the Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

In response to the recent oil spill from a British Petroleum owned oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, in cooperation with several partners, are working quickly to collect oyster and sediment samples from Mussel Watch sites in the region before the oil hits these coastal areas. The samples will be analyzed for over 100 contaminants, including petroleum-based chemicals, to determine the baseline contamination level of the ecosystem. Once the oil hits the shoreline, new samples from these areas will be collected and tested. This

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