Photo: US Coast Guard
We're closing in on the one-year anniversary of the tragic explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon rig that set in motion one of the greatest environmental disasters the United States has ever seen. And that disaster is still in motion, even today -- just this morning, reports are coming in that a full 10 months after the crisis began, new oil is still washing ashore around the Gulf. It's further proof that though most of the cameras and reporters have left the Gulf, the tragedy continues to unfold regardless. The region's ecosystem and the health of those who live there are still imperiled, whether or not CNN is around to say so.
Case in point: Reports have confirmed that oil has just hit Elmer's Island, off the coast of Louisiana. And masses of oil were spotted floating offshore nearby, as well. Here's the Examiner, Baton Rouge:
Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents are reporting the sighting of new oil washing up on shore at Elmer's Island. Oil has also been spotted at Red Fish Bay, Bay Jimmy, and Pass-a-Loutre. It's been over ten months since the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico and British Petroleum (BP) has started withdrawing efforts on cleanup along the Gulf Coast ... Robert Barham, the Secretary for the Department of Natural Resources is calling the departure of the clean up effort by BP unacceptable. The sightings of new oil are proof that there is still a lot of work to be done.BP has been drawing down its clean up efforts -- which many in the Gulf have said were inadequate from the start -- for some time now. And as we've seen with the recent spate of marine life deaths -- dozens of dolphins have been washing ashore and a thick layer of dead sea life has been discovered on the ocean floor -- the toll will continue to roll in.
I'm still deeply disappointed that the spill didn't do more to invigorate environmentalism or to influence national policy in any meaningful way at all -- and now, befitting the circumstances, BP is about to pack up and leave, as the disaster they wrought continues to plague the Gulf.