20 Apr '12, 9am

2 Years After the BP Spill: Oceana Says It's Not If Another Oil Spill Will Happen, But When

Deepwater Horizon Response /CC BY-ND 2.0 The following guest post is by Jacqueline Savitz, Senior Campaign Director and Senior Scientist for Oceana . Two years ago, those of us who had made it our calling to prevent a major oil spill in the U.S. had a rude awakening. We had lost. The unspeakable had happened and it was much worse than we could have ever imagined. As BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded and sank, oil began gushing into the ocean at a rate of 2 and half million gallons per day. The spill released more oil in 5 days than the entire Exxon Valdez spill and it seemed as if it would never end. After a long 87 days, the gushing pipe was finally plugged, just days before the “long term fix” – the relief well – was completed. The BP disaster raised a lot of questions about offshore drilling safety. Many reporters and friends asked me how the res...

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