Pollution

Fifth Anniversary of BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Monday, April 20, is the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon offshore well blowout that led to one of the biggest environmental disasters in U.S. history. The Gulf of Mexico, its fish and wildlife, and the people whose jobs and lives depend on it are still recovering. Media coverage abounds -- some of it focusing on whether the industry or the government learned anything from the disaster and how likely it is to happen again in the Gulf, in the Arctic, or elsewhere. SEJ has rounded up some of the coverage in its daily news digest, EJToday Headlines. We also published two useful explainers on the money issues and the science issues.

"Secrecy Shrouds Decade-Old Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico"

"OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO — A blanket of fog lifts, exposing a band of rainbow sheen that stretches for miles off the coast of Louisiana. From the vantage point of an airplane, it's easy to see gas bubbles in the slick that mark the spot where an oil platform toppled during a 2004 hurricane, triggering what might be the longest-running commercial oil spill ever to pollute the Gulf of Mexico."

Source: AP, 04/17/2015

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