CBL Aquatic Toxicologist Carys Mitchelmore Informing Policymakers about Dispersants and the Gulf Oil Spill

June 10, 2010

Since the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, cleanup crews have used chemical dispersants to minimize the spill’s impact on the Gulf coast. Designed to break down crude oil – similar to the way dish soap breaks down grease – dispersants have played a large role in the management of the spill.

Dr. Carys Mitchelmore

Dr. Carys Mitchelmore testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on May 21, 2010.

As the volume of dispersants has increased, questions have been raised by scientists, policymakers and the media about their long-term impacts on the Gulf. An expert on the role of dispersants in aquatic ecosystems, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory scientist Dr. Carys Mitchelmore has played an active role in the public discussion by providing expert testimony at several Congressional hearings and through the media.

In addition to her ongoing research into the effects of dispersants on corals, Dr. Mitchelmore co-authored the 2005 National Research Council report “Oil Spill Dispersants: Efficacy and Effects.” The report is widely considered one of the most thorough looks at the environmental impact of dispersants.

Dr. Mitchelmore’s Recent Congressional Testimony
June 17, 2010 Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Hearing on "Harnessing Small Business Innovation: Navigating the Evaluation Process for Gulf Coast Oil Cleanup Proposals"

Dr. Mitchelmore’s Testimony

June 10, 2010 House Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife

Oversight Hearing on "Our Natural Resources at Risk: The Short and Long Term Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill"

Dr. Mitchelmore’s Testimony

May 21, 2010 House Committee on Energy and Commerce

Bipartisan Briefing on Oceans Under Siege: Environmental Impacts Of The BP Oil Spill

May 19, 2010 House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Hearing on “Deepwater Horizon: Oil Spill Prevention and Response Measures, and Natural Resource Impacts”

Dr. Mitchelmore’s Testimony

May 11, 2010 Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

Hearing on “EPA’s Role in Protecting Ocean Health”

Dr. Mitchelmore’s Testimony