Gulf Oil Spill

On April 20, 2010 a Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Many people are opposed to fracking and off-shore drilling as they create too many environmental problems and natural disasters. This situation will have a temporary resolution but thedistractionn caused by the oil goes on forever.

In the News ...

Oil from BP Spill Coats Miles of Gulf Seafloor   Live Science - October 28, 2014
A significant portion of the remaining oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill is sitting on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, within 25 miles (40 kilometers) of the well, a new study finds. The BP-operated Macondo well exploded in April 2010, and gushed an estimated 5 million barrels of oil into the ocean before engineers finally capped the well in July 2010. Since that time, research has suggested that the spilled oil has affected wildlife ranging from dolphins to corals. In 2014, researchers at Pennsylvania State University reported that coral communities up to 13.7 miles (22 km) from the spill site showed damage.

Scientist finds Gulf bottom still oily, dead   PhysOrg - February 20, 2011
Oil from the BP spill remains stuck on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, according to a top scientist's video and slides that she says demonstrate the oil isn't degrading as hoped and has decimated life on parts of the sea floor. That report is at odds with a recent report by the BP spill compensation czar that said nearly all will be well by 2012. At a science conference in Washington Saturday, marine scientist Samantha Joye of the University of Georgia aired early results of her December submarine dives around the BP spill site. She went to places she had visited in the summer and expected the oil and residue from oil-munching microbes would be gone by then. It wasn't.

BP oil spill: Undersea oil remains in Gulf of Mexico   BBC - August 20, 2010
A study of the effects of the Deepwater Horizon spill has confirmed the presence of a toxic chemical residue one kilometre below the sea surface. This new research confirms that a plume, or cloud, does indeed exist below the surface. But it also shows that the amount is relatively small - possibly less than 0.1% of the total amount spilled.

Giant Underwater Plume Confirmed - Gulf Oil Not Degrading   National Geographic - August 20, 2010
Further studies are needed to figure out why the plume isn't degrading.

Over in the Caribbean - Venezuela natural gas platform sinks   BBC - May 13, 2010

The Caribbean is a region consisting of the Caribbean Sea, its islands, and the surrounding coasts. Haiti is on the Caribbean Plate. (see Plate Tectonics). Three days after the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Venezuela had a 5.6 earthquake.