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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:


More links:

NY Times: Gulf Of Mexico Deepwater Horizon Spill

It’s Been A Year Since The Gulf Oil Disaster Began – Have We Learned Our Lesson Yet?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Martin Lack permalink
    2012/04/21 5:09 am

    Have we learned anything yet? No, not really… Are they hiding what they know? I think it’s time for a rhetorical “Is the Pope Catholic?”

    The environmental consequences of Oil Company executive responsibility denial is orders of magnitude greater that that arising from the denial of their 20th Century forebears in the Tobacco industry (from whom they have learnt so well)…

  2. 2012/04/21 5:43 am

    Well said, Martin – but you’d think that Big Oil would remember that eventually Big Tobacco ended up in court over their actions – and didn’t fare well. Maybe they think they’re smarter.

    • Martin Lack permalink
      2012/04/21 8:44 am

      Either they thin they’re smarter (unlikely), or they think we’re dumber (sadly possible). Dumbest of all, however, those who accuse us of crying “wolf” appear to have forgotten that, in the morality tale, the whole point of the story is that the wolf eventually turns up…

  3. 2012/04/21 4:31 pm

    LOL – not only is their science bad, they don’t know their fairy tales, either!

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