“If I put fish in a barrel of water and poured oil and Dove detergent over that, and mixed it up, would you eat that fish? I wouldn’t feed it to you or my family. I’m afraid someone’s going to get sick.” That’s Rusty Graybill, an oysterman and shrimp and crab fisherman from Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish, talking about the largest accidental oil spill in history.
It was two years ago today that an oil rig explosion off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers.
The “Deepwater Horizon” explosion led to a bigger disaster that many refer to as the “BP Oil Spill”. More than 210 billion gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico and threatened marine life and the livelihood along the coast.
The well that leaked all of that oil was finally sealed off about five months later after months of trying different things and adding many chemicals to the water to try to clean up the oil spill.
That was two years ago and today, fish are being found with open sores, parasitic infections, chewed-up-looking fins, and mysterious black streaks. And, as recent as August 2011, more than a year after the explosion, oil was still being found in the bile (which tells you what the last meal was) extracted from fish.
When a report from the U.S. government released its report on the explosion and the oil spill in September 2011, it concluded that Halliburtun, BP and Transocean were all, in different ways, responsible for the accident.
It’s estimated that 25% of the oil evaporated or dissolved, 17% was recovered from the wellhead, 16% naturally dispersed, 8% chemically dispersed, 5% burned, 3% skimmed, and that 25% is still at sea or on shores.
Two years later, I’m still disgusted with BP’s reaction to the biggest offshore oil spill in American history. Yes, we need oil and we need to drill. However, companies making record profits need to be held much more accountable to be prepared for something like this.
The “Christian Science Monitor” states “the total cost of the settlement, the company estimates, will reach about $7.8 billion, which makes it one of the largest class-action settlements in UShistory.”