This past April 20 was the 10-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the largest oil spill in history, when the BP oil drilling rig exploded and sank resulting in the death of 11 workers. It flooded the Gulf with over 210 million gallons of oil that coated salt marshes and coastlines, killing marine mammals, birds, turtles and trillions of fish that left the coastal fishing communities devastated.
Today, restoration work continues as an estimated 10 million gallons of BP oil remains on the Gulf seafloor. That fateful day in April 2010 changed life in the Gulf of Mexico forever.
Have we learned anything from this disaster? Apparently not. We continue to elect politicians who are bought and paid for by big oil, gas and chemical companies and in return their representatives are appointed as cabinet secretaries. They push their agenda for the exploration of our national wildlife refuges, parks and monuments. It’s very obvious that making money is their only priority at the expense of the water we drink, the air we breath, the food we eat and the parks and wildlife we enjoy.
Hopefully the next generation will see the fossil fuel industry take the same path as Kodak film and flash bulbs.