Have We Learned Anything Yet?
It was two years ago today that the sea-floor started gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico after an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, which was working on a BP oil project. Tragically, the explosion killed 11 men working on the platform and injured 17 others. It started a flow of oil which continued unabated for three full months, leaving behind an oily legacy of contamination and death that continues to this day, and which the U.S. government and BP don’t seem too eager to discuss or publicize. On March 2, 2012, BP and the lawyers for plaintiffs in the trial over the oil spill agreed to settle the case; but clearly the catastrophe lingers on in ways that money can never ever repay.
Here’s just one example of the catastrophe’s ongoing impact in the region; in this news clip, scientists discuss the alarming deformities in, and the declining numbers of, marine life in the Gulf: