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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 27, 2010 – Everyone hopes that sooner rather than later, the millions of gallons of crude gushing from the leaking deep-sea oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico will be stopped and cleaned up, but one expert says the more significant, long-term disaster will be the impact of waste oil products being released into the ocean along with the crude oil.
In fact, Dr. Sean Terry, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Drury University, says the leaking oilrig is a reminder that every oil well on earth is causing environmental degradation, with little oversight in the U.S. and nearly none at all in other countries.
"That mud they tried to use to plug up the leak is not natural mud,” says Terry. It's an industrial lubricant, with toxic ingredients. In addition to this, raw oil comes out of the ground with more ingredients than just oil and natural gas. "It also includes water, salt and toxic metals in a brine, and up to 10 gallons of this waste product are produced for every gallon of crude pumped from any well on earth." These toxic materials are flowing into the Gulf of Mexico in addition to the crude oil, and they may pose a more serious, and more long-term environmental threat than the oil itself.
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Dr. Terry received a master's degree in resource planning at Missouri State University and a Ph.D. in environmental geography from the University of Oklahoma. His dissertation focused on surface impacts and landscape change in the Healdton Oil Field in Oklahoma.
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