Virtual Issue #1
VIRTUAL ISSUE: Oil Spill Research in the Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
The Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology has been a venue for publishing oil spill research for over forty years. Rehwoldt et al. (1974) published the first oil spill focused paper in the Bulletin, reporting on the aquatic toxicity of two spill mitigating agents. I published some of my own original oil spill research in the Bulletin in 1999 on the aquatic toxicity of a weathered middle distillate (Barron et al. 1999a,b). A search of the term “oil spill” shows 316 articles published in the Bulletin on the fate, acute and sublethal effects, and monitoring of petroleum and dispersants. The articles encompass terrestrial, freshwater and marine spills of petroleum products and spill control agents, and include papers on the major international spills of the last 40 years including Ixtoc-1, Exxon Valdez, Gulf War, Hebei Spirit and Deepwater Horizon.
The articles selected for this virtual issue on oil spills encompass publications since the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, and include 24 papers published between 2012 and 2017. The articles are from nine countries and four continents showing both the diversity of authorship and geographic regions impacted by oil spills. The articles report on the biodegradation, toxicity, and contamination monitoring of a range of petroleum products, including gasoline, aviation fuel, kerosene, crudes, and heavy fuel oils. I hope this compilation will be of interest and application in your own research.
Mace G. Barron, Guest Editor, Gulf Ecology Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Gulf Breeze, Florida, USA
Barron MG, Podrabsky T, Ogle S, Dugan J, Ricker RW (1999a) Sensitivity of the mysid Mysidopsis bahia to a weathered oil. Bull Environ Contamin Toxicol 62:266-271.
Barron MG, Podrabsky T, Ogle S, Dugan J, Ricker RW (1999b) Sensitivity of the sand crab to a weathered oil. Bull Environ Contamin Toxicol 62:469-475.
Rehwoldt R, Lasko L, Shaw C, Wirhowski E (1974) Toxicity study of two oil spill reagents toward hudson river fish species. Bull Environ Contamin Toxicol 11:159–162