Scientist Charles Messing in Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
Thursday marked the one year
anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. 11 rig workers were
killed and 16 injured in the initial explosion. And, after nearly 5 million barrels of oil spewed in to the ocean for five months, the long term effects on the Gulf of Mexico are still being uncovered.
It's been 365 days since BP's negligence, and the arrogance of the wider oil industry, led to the worst oil spill in US history: killing 11 rig workers and unleashing five million tonnes of oil, wrecking the Gulf Coast and killing birds and other wildlife.
The causes behind the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe remain unclear - but still oil companies are desperate to carry out similar drilling in UK waters.
Heavy crude oil in the wetland grasses on an island in Bay Batiste
Gulf Coast local Lamar Billups writes a poignant guest blog, via our US office:
First I would like to thank Greenpeace for allowing me the honor of
writing a blog for the one-year anniversary of the BP oil disaster. You
are the best, and, on behalf of the millions of people on the gulf, we
thank you for the research and help you gave after us this spill.
I remember the first time I smelled the oil: I was at my son’s
baseball game. Part way into the game everyone began to smell something
like burning tires.
Posted by jamess — 14 April 2011 at 9:42am
Today was the first BP Annual General Meeting since the Gulf of Mexico oil spill - where both furious investors and protesters voiced their frustrations at BP's abysmal handling of the disaster. Greenpeace were there - here's our live feed of tweets, news, images and videos from the event at Excel London:
Posted by Gemma Freeman — 13 April 2011 at 6:22pm
A week before the year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, the worst oil spill in history, BP’s Annual General Meeting tomorrow
couldn’t be more poignantly timed. Especially with angry investors preparing to
vote against the oil giant’s annual report – in unprecedented numbers.
BP has learned little from its experience in the Gulf of Mexico
BP’s results for the last quarter
of 2010 were published
yesterday, with the firm admitting that the total cost of the Deepwater Horizon spill
will be about £26bn. This off the back of making a total loss of £3.1bn for
last year, despite final quarter profits of £2.9bn (made mainly because of the
high oil price).
Cairn's tugs drag icebergs out the way of its Arctic oil drilling rig
An interesting article
was published recently in the German newspaper Der Spiegel, examining
the costs of oil extraction in the Arctic. The region, increasingly seen by the
oil industry as the Promised Land, could hold significant amounts of