07 Jan '12, 2am

After Oil Spill, Don't Shortchange Gulf

After Oil Spill, Don't Shortchange Gulf

Note: This is a guest post from Martha Collins, a resident of St. Petersburg and a gulf representative for the Pew Environment Group The network TV news crews may have long since left, but the work of repairing the environmental and economic damage from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is far from complete. During the course of the spill, roughly 4.9 million barrels of crude flowed into the gulf — an amount of oil that, by some estimates, could have heated just over 13,200 American homes for an entire year. It will likely be years, or even decades, before we know the full extent of the effects of the catastrophe on the regional marine ecosystems. Researchers have documented that populations of herring, clams and sea otters still haven’t recovered from the Exxon Valdez spill, which occurred more than 20 years ago. In 2001, more than 48 years after a...

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