Deepwater Horizon. Gov. public domain photo.

The damage done to the aquatic creatures by the BP oil spill is indescribable.  The money paid by the oil company did not restore the life of a single creature, nor did it fix the polluted habitat.  Unbelievably, oil companies resort to ridiculous statements downplaying the damage, and are eager to continue their hazardous and risky drilling.

A much better settlement would have been to force BP to abandon fossil fuels and dedicate their money and time to sustainable energy.

Go to this link to the Guardian to see the incredible timeline of interaction between BP and the United States government.

See the following annotated poster here in the Tampa Times.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
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– A river is like a life: once taken,
it cannot be brought back © Jim Tatum



Even as Florida braces for the predicted peak of daily coronavirus deaths early next month, we reflect on another crisis, the 10-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. One common theme between the crises is the critical role of science as a fair arbiter of truth, a lesson driven home in a decade of research since the environmental disaster began late on the night of April 20, 2010. Methane gas and liquid oil blew out from a wellhead a mile below the Gulf of Mexico, and the gas shot up through a drilling riser to the Deepwater Horizon oil platform and exploded, killing 11 workers. As the burning rig sank two days later, the worst offshore oil spill accident in history was already gushing. For 87 days, more than 200 million gallons of crude oil spread in a four-dimensional disaster that reached from the Gulf’s floor to its surface, its seashore and across time until this day. Over the past decade, a consortium of universities and researchers called C-IMAGE, led by marine scientists at the University of South Florida, has been studying the effects of the BP spill – and what we can learn. Three of those USF scientists

– Steven Murawski, Sherryl Gilbert and David Hollander – agreed to update our readers on what we now know. And in a column on 3P, they ponder: Have we reduced the risk of a similar accident? Are we better prepared to respond?

– Jim Verhulst, Perspective editor