5 Years After Deepwater Horizon Disaster, Obama Pursues More Offshore Drilling
WASHINGTON— Five years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Gulf of Mexico is still reeling from the nation’s biggest oil spill yet the Obama administration is pursuing dangerous new offshore oil drilling projects in the Gulf and in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans, putting more wildlife at risk and exacerbating global climate change.
Recent studies in the Gulf highlight ongoing harms sparked by the April 20, 2010 disaster: severe lung injuries in dolphins, near-record lows of Kemp’s ridley sea turtle nesting, dispersants found toxic to corals, and a “bathtub ring” of oil remaining on the seafloor. Meanwhile the climate crisis is deepening, with 2015 poised to be the hottest year on record. In the midst of this, three new federal approval processes seek to expand offshore drilling.
“The Deepwater Horizon disaster should have been a wake-up call for the Obama administration to develop an energy policy that’s less hazardous and more sustainable,” said Miyoko Sakashita, oceans program director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Instead we’re sleepwalking our way into future disasters and learning nothing from the past.”
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