Why Oil Is Bad for People
and Wildlife

Oil in a Marsh

Oil in a Marsh

Scientists are concerned about the spill for many reasons.

Oil itself is deadly for people, wildlife, and ecosystems. With an oil spill this size, it’s very hard to contain the oil, even though BP, scientists, EPA, and so many others are working hard to find a way to stop the leak. Scientists and government officials are worried about the health of the oceans, the beaches, and the wetlands. They are concerned about the impact on all living things—from tiny plankton in the ocean to sea turtles and birds. They are also concerned about what this will mean to the people who live near the Gulf who make their living by harvesting and selling fish that are now damaged by the spill. Scientists are concerned about what this spill means for the health of the ecosystem for years to come.