The Deepwater oil spill off the Gulf of Mexico continues to take its toll on the environment . Countless numbers of marine creatures are dying or being found to have high levels of chemical pollution in their systems. Some scientists are suggesting that the area around the spill may never recover fully.
Huge amounts of oil was treated with a chemical cocktail that forced the otherwise buoyant oil to sink. Nobody is certain as to the long term impact that this kind of pollution will cause, but scientists are certain that the result will be devastating for generations to come.
Meanwhile the court battle between B.P. and the U.S. Federal Government has been delayed until as late as 2013.
The fines and compensation for the ill managed spill could go into the billions, it may be even higher if negligence is found on the part of Oil Monster B.P.
TWO years after BP oil spill, fishermen and scientists in the US Gulf Coast warn the disaster is not over. Dead dolphins keep washing up on shore in unprecedented numbers. Oil-coated coral reefs are dying in the deepwater. Eyeless shrimp and crabs with holes in their shells are showing up in relatively empty fishing nets while killifish, a minnow-like fish at the base of the food chain, show signs of chemical poisoning.
And critics say offshore drilling safety and oversight remains woefully lacking.
“Politics continues to triumph over common sense. It’s outrageous that so little progress has been made to make offshore drilling safer,” said Jacqueline Savitz, senior campaign director at the environmental group Oceana.
“It’s not a matter of whether there will be another oil spill, but when.”
The April 20, 2010 explosion on the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon drilling rig killed 11 workers, blackened beaches in five US states and devastated the Gulf Coast’s tourism and fishing industries.
It took 87 days to cap BP’s runaway well 1500 metres below the surface that spewed some 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.