The Deepwater Horizon crisis has entered day 71 as the gusher pumps up to 60,000 barrels of crude a day into the Gulf. Containment efforts including drilling relief wells are now in threat of the season’s first tropical storm predicted to turn hurricane strength later today.
It’s been over two months since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew up, and oil is still leaking at an astonishing rate. Entire state economies might be crushed, and whole ecosystems wiped out. So whose fault is it? BP says it’s Halliburton, or maybe TransOcean, or Cameron International, literally anyone but BP. The truth? They’re all at fault. President Obama has called it the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history.
A bird is mired in oil on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast.
Heavily oiled Brown Pelicans captured at Grand Isle, Louisiana on June 3, 2010 wait to be cleaned of Gulf spill crude at The Fort Jackson Wildlife Care Center in Buras, LA. (Photo : IBRRC)
A bird covered in oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill struggles to climb on to a boom in Barataria Bay in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)
An otter swimming in oil
A dead bird lies on a beach on Ship Island, Mississippi. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images/Joe Raedle)
A clean-up boat trawls through the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: Reuters)
The oil slick seen by the satellite on June 22, 2010.