IUCN expresses deep concern at the continuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the blowout of the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform.
“Vulnerable ecosystems are now at risk for years to come. The impacts on these marine and coastal ecosystems will depend on the duration of the oil spill” says Carl-Gustaf Lundin, Head of the IUCN’s Global Marine Program.
In addition to the value of the coastal wetlands and the productive fisheries, these areas are important as possible areas for natural carbon sequestration. This capacity would be endangered by a spill of lengthy duration. This accident also raises concern with respect to proposals for opening new areas to off-shore oil and gas development.
IUCN supports the work of its member organizations including NOAA in combating this dangerous ecological situation.
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