The statement that a spill from deep sea oil & gas exploration would lead to a much worse environmental tradegy seems a little formulaic and I wonder on what evidence it is based. Certainly Reina and the Tristan de Cunha spills appear to have been far more environmentally damaging that Macondo. I live on the Gulf of Mexico. Oil in the deep sea is always present and natural oil and gas together with hydrogen sulphide is the primary source of energy for deepwater benthic communities and does eventually get digested. I know of nothing that will eat plastic beads in the natural environment.
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