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Ten Years Later…Lessons Learnt from BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Source: https://usa.oceana.org/

Recorded as the worst oil spill in U.S. history, exactly then years ago, the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster along the gulf of Mexico resulted in loss of human life (11 people) and environmental degradation on a monumental scale. Oceana compiled a report detailing the economic impacts on tourism, fishing and ultimately other jobs directly linked to incomes generated from these industries. Millions of marine animals killed and the environment heavily polluted, it will take decades for the environment to fully recover. The report also exposes inadequate mitigation measures and plans BP had in case such an event were to occur. The report further details responses by BP and government in dealing with this event, and the continued impact the spill has. Oil exploration continues even with the grave danger it poses. There is strong opposition against this move and a strong call to action to protect the oceans by all role player especially the Trump administration. For the full report go to: https://usa.oceana.org/publications/reports/hindsight-2020-lessons-we-cannot-ignore-bp-disaster