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The Associated Press reports that “two years after the drilling-rig explosion that touched off the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, scientists are beginning to suspect that fish in the Gulf of Mexico are suffering the effects of the petroleum,” finding fish with open sores, parasitic infections, chewed-up-looking fins, gashes, and mysterious black streaks.

According to the story, the evidence is largely circumstantial and hardly conclusive. However, if suspicions prove out, “it could mean that the environmental damage to the Gulf from the BP disaster is still unfolding and the picture isn't as rosy as it might have seemed just a year ago.

“And the damage may extend well beyond fish. In the past year, research has emerged showing deep-water coral, seaweed beds, dolphins, mangroves and other species of plants and animals are suffering.”

You can read the entire story here.
KC's View:
I hate to say it, but none of this surprises me. It strikes me as entirely logical that the kind of environmental disaster that hit the Gulf two years ago would create long-term problems, and they are coming to fruition now. And I have no problem believing that only BP - and apologists for BP - would suggest otherwise.