bp oil spill one year anniversary

A Year Since the Spill, the Push to Drill Continues

Posted Wed, Apr 20, 2011 by Emily Fisher to april 20, bp oil spill one year anniversary, clean energy, deepwater horizon, gulf of mexico oil spill, oil pollution

Oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. © Oceana/Carlos Suarez

One year ago today, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 rig workers and triggering the largest accidental oil spill in history.

When all was said and done in July, it had spewed more than 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf, threatening sea turtles, whale sharks, spawning bluefin tuna and countless other species of fish and marine life.

 


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A Year Later, Still Learning The Lessons Of The Deepwater Horizon

Posted Wed, Apr 20, 2011 by Ted Danson to bp oil disaster, bp oil spill one year anniversary, deepwater drilling disaster, deepwater horizon, ted danson

Ted Danson

I am a Californian now, but I was born a child of the desert. My parents raised me in Arizona, where my father worked as an archaeologist, and my mother took me to wander the scrubby ravines near our home. She saw beauty everywhere. As a small boy I just saw great opportunities for hide and seek.

Once a year, for our summer vacation, we would drive to the beach. I still remember the great anticipation I felt as our station wagon crested the last mild incline that would give us a view of the Pacific Ocean. It filled me with an awe I still feel today, and as an adult I’ve always lived a window away from its expanses.

But my appreciation for the ocean is complicated by the knowledge that we risk it every day for oil. Last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil disaster was a bellwether tragedy for the oceans. We know less about the deep sea than we do about the surface of Mars – just as we still don’t know the true cost of the worst oil disaster in U.S. history a year later.


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