News Update

By Madison Jones

BP Oil Spill

On April 20th 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico considered the largest accidental marine oil in the history of the petroleum industry. Following the explosion and the sinking of the oil rig, a sea floor oil gusher flowed for 87 days. Until it was capped on July 15th 2010, the estimated oil flow was 4.9 million barrels. After several failed efforts to cap the well, it was declared sealed on September 19th 2010. There are still many reports the site still leaks.

Facts About The Oil Spill

Facts

  1. 16,000 total miles of coastline have been affected.
  2. More than 200 million gallons of oil was pumped into the Gulf of Mexico, making it the largest oil spill in history.
  3. The oil rig explosion killed 11 people and injured 17 others.
  4. Even thought the well was capped in 2010 oil still washes up on shores.
  5. Obama announced that his administration would crate a $20 billion Oil Spill response fund.

The Aftermath of The Oil Spill

Perceived injustice, between those who got payouts and those who did not, has divided the small community on Grand Isle, 50 miles south of New Orleans. Within sight of a line of deep sea oil rigs, it was one of the worst-affected areas.Businesses of all kinds in New Orleans said they suffered from the spill because visitors stayed away due to concerns over the city's signature Gulf seafood, even though the oil that flowed into the ocean near the mouth of the Mississippi did not reach New Orleans itself. There are many places along the coast that are still heavily affected that BP still has not kept their promise to clean and restore the habitat before the spill. That in some places the oil was cleaned alt all destroying all habitats. That fish and other marine animals are not making a come back, that the numbers of fish in population are not rising.