The major statistics and number surrounding the Gulf of Mexico oil spill
Oil is toxic to wildlife. Hundreds of species, including bluefin tuna and sea turtles, are directly affected by the oil spill.
Offshore drilling is not safe, will not lower gas prices and will not make the U.S. energy independent.
The Exxon Valdez oil spill demonstrates what could happen in the Gulf of Mexico 20 years later. However, the Deepwater Horizon spill was 18 times larger.
Fisheries closures, oil pollution and safety concerns are having heavy impacts on Gulf fisheries.
There is no effective way to clean up a catastrophic oil spill.
Safety measures will not make offshore drilling safe.
In August 2009 the Montara oil rig suffered a blowout and began spilling oil in the Timor Sea between East Timor and Australia, showing that even in shallow water offshore drilling is not safe.
A list of the major U.S. oil spills in recent years.
A list of the major international oil spills in recent years.