May 16, 2011
Last year’s BP oil spill released more than five million barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Part of this oil was skimmed by ships, burnt or evaporated to the air and dispersed into and naturally degraded in the ocean.
But the remaining oil, which is estimated to be somewhere between one and four million barrels, is still out there, according to a Federal government report.
Scientists expect that this unaccounted oil sunk to the sea floor as it did in previous oil spills and remains hidden in the shoreline and marshlands of Louisiana. If it is not removed, this oil will stay there for decades, continuing to kill natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico and to damage lives that depend on them.
Nice that the government finally issued a “report.” But action would be better – specifically, require BP to clean up every last bit of its oil.