Gallery: Scientists Pay Equivalent of $76.3 Million per Barrel for Maco...


Scientists studying the environmental impact of the Deepwater Horizon disaster are perhaps paying the heftiest price around for oil — reports that they are forking over the equivalent of $76.3 million per barrel for samples of oil from the Macondo Well, obtained by Federal entity The National Institute of Standards Technology. (At least that money isn’t lining B.P.’s pockets.) The samples, known as Standard Reference Material (SRM) 2779, consist of five 1.2 ml ampoules, and they will provide vital assistance to scientists researching the long-term impact of the oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico.

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