Story posted June 10, 2010
Charles Weston Pickard Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Emeritus David Page and the College are mentioned within the Washington Post story, "Oil From Gulf Of Mexico Disaster Will Long Be Able To Spill Its Identity."
The article examines scientists' ability to identify oil — wherever it turns up — from a specific oil spill.
An excerpt from the article:
After the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, scientists detected oil in the sediments of Prince William Sound that were clearly different from what poured out of the grounded tanker. It turned out to be from natural petroleum seeps in the eastern Gulf of Alaska that currents had carried into the sound.
In a paper published in 1996, a team of researchers led by Bowdoin College chemist David S. Page reported that "only about 15 percent" of the oil in bottom sediments near oiled shorelines came from the spill.