UT to research how oil spills disperse in Gulf


The University of Texas at Austin said in a news release Tuesday that the three-year, nearly $7 million grant will also help the institutions look at how oil affects the Gulf's ecology.

The grant is part of the $500 million Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative established by BP after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded last year, causing a massive oil spill.

Ed Buskey, marine science professor and lead investigator on the grant, says a goal is to figure out why the oil dispersed more quickly after that spill than it had after other comparable spills.

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