The Deepwater Horizon Disaster: Two Years Later
Two years ago, the BP oil disaster began when an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed 11 workers and began spilling what would eventually total 185 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Many sources are following up on the spill to document and investigate the changes to the Gulf’s ecology and economy.
- Al Jazeera has released a video report showing excessive deformities to Gulf wildlife — such as eyeless shrimp, clawless crabs and fish covered in oozing sores.
- On Earth’s David Gessner has an interview with Bethany Kraft, deputy director of the Gulf Restoration Program at the Ocean Conservancy, who spoke about how, among other things, the discouraging data about Gulf bottlenose dolphins is representative of continuing ecological problems in the area.
- BP attorney’s announced details of a class action settlement they are making with the thousands of individuals and businesses affected by damage from the spill. As CNN reports, BP will pay out about $7.8 billion.
- The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has published a blog post detailing many of the issues still unresolved or developing, including health services, seafood safety studies and air quality monitoring.
- No criminal charges have been filed against BP, and whether or not they will be is unknown. Several news sites, including the Wall Street Journal, report that government prosecutors were close to filing charges against BP engineers in December 2011, but no action has yet been taken.
Meanwhile, BP has returned to profitability, posting $26 billion in income for 2011, according to Forbes. For more on this, check out BP Sees Soaring Profits Amidst Mutant Gulf Seafood.