Will the ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil leak put an end to offshore drilling expansion plans?

October 23, 2018 | Environment
Offshore drilling: the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues | Photo: Creative Commons

A damaged Taylor Energy oil site 12 miles off the Louisiana coast has been leaking as much as 29,400 gallons of toxic crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico every single day since 2004.

The shocking new report revealed by the Washington Post has once again raised the alarm about the dangers of offshore drilling.

Amid this revelation, the Trump administration is expected, as soon as this week, to green light hazardous seismic blasting for oil exploration as a first step to opening the Atlantic coast and other waters to the dangers of offshore drilling.

"This is a searing indictment of the pretense that the U.S. has effective federal oversight of these inherently dangerous industrial operations at sea," says Alexandra Adams, legislative director for the Nature Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

"There can be no excuse for the government, over three administrations, not keeping the public fully informed about the Taylor disaster."

"Even now, 14 years after oil began gushing into the Gulf, the government has provided no estimate of the mounting damage this ongoing disaster is inflicting, on Gulf ocean habitat, marine life, coastal communities, and all their support."

"Nor has Taylor Energy been held fully responsible for one of the worst environmental disasters in US history."

NRDC calls on the Trump administration to halt, immediately and unconditionally, its plan to expand drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and to subject Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic US waters and coasts to the risk of this kind of industrial ruin.

"The public deserves a full accounting for this disaster and swift and effective action to make sure nothing like this scandalous cover-up can happen again."

"Any plan by the Trump Administration to forge ahead and expose more of our oceans and coastlines to this kind of catastrophe would be irresponsible and wrong," concludes Adams.

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