TTU Professor to testify in Washington about BP oil spill

A Texas Tech wildlife toxicologist is scheduled to appear before a congressional panel Wednesday to address lawmakers’ concerns that chemicals employed in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill cleanup could threaten its ecosystems.

Ron Kendall, director of Tech’s Institute of Environmental and Human Health, has questioned British Petroleum’s controversial use of roughly 2 million gallons of dispersants to dissolve the crude oil gushing from the ruptured Deepwater Horizon well.

“The whole issue of dispersants has come under a great deal of controversy,” he said. “We know almost nothing of the environmental impact of these chemicals.”

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