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April 27, 2010

BP Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Demonstrates That Oil is Dirty, Dangerous, and Deadly

Filed under: environment,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 5:18 pm
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Just as President Obama announces new offshore drilling provisions, we have an explosive oil spill.  This is on the heels of a Massey coal mine accident from a few weeks ago.  Maybe we should burn less fossil fuels?

Here’s a press release from the Sierra Club on the spill.

CONTACT: Kristina Johnson, 415.977.5619
Josh Dorner, 202.675.2384

BP Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Demonstrates That
Oil is Dirty, Dangerous, and Deadly

Washington, D.C.–On the same day oil giant BP reported that its quarterly profit jumped an astounding 135 percent to some $5.6 billion, a massive oil spill from a BP well continues unabated in the Gulf of Mexico, drawing nearer to crucial fishing areas, sensitive coastal wetlands, and beaches.

Statement of Athan Manuel, Director of Sierra Club Lands Protection Program

“Our hearts go out to the families of those still missing after last week’s drilling rig disaster.  This terrible tragedy is a sad reminder that oil is dirty, dangerous, and deadly.  Instead of risking our lives, our coasts, our clean air, and our security by perpetuating our addiction to oil, it’s time to build a clean energy economy that means more jobs, less pollution, and real energy independence.  More offshore oil drilling has no place in a clean energy future.”

  • DIRTY: Oil continues to pour from the leaking well–a well drilled using the most advanced technology available–at a rate of 42,000 gallons a day.  It could be weeks before the well, located in some 5,000 feet of water, is capped.  Meanwhile, the ever-growing spill now covers more than 1,800 square miles of ocean–an area larger than the state of Rhode Island.  The massive spill threats environmentally-sensitive and economically-important coastal areas of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida.
  • DANGEROUS: The Huffington Post reports today that Big Oil, including BP and Deepwater Horizon operator TransOcean, “aggressively opposed new safety regulations proposed last year by a federal agency that oversees offshore drilling — which were prompted by a study that found many accidents in the industry.”
  • DEADLY: Eleven workers from the Deepwater Horizon remain missing after last week’s explosion. In 2005, an explosion at BP’s Texas City Refinery killed 15 workers.  In response to safety violations at that facility, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration levied a record fine of $87 million against BP, which BP promptly challenged in court.


  1. […] some good news on clean energy!  As we’ve recently been reminded, offshore drilling is a bad idea for the environment.  Offshore wind is the way to go.  It was […]

    Pingback by Interior secretary approves Cape Wind, nation’s first offshore wind farm « The Dernogalizer — April 28, 2010 @ 2:44 pm | Reply

  2. The BP oil leak is a a real disaster and will affect many people and various ecosystems.
    But it will be interesting to see how far the Americans go in insisting that BP completely clear up the pollution from the oil leak.
    We can contrast what BP is required to do to clean up the pollution with the Union Carbide incident in Mumbai 30 years where the land is still polluted and hundreds of children are still being born each year with a wide range of birth defects.
    Is there a different standard being applied by the President?
    Perhaps the USA now appreciates that it is time to ensure the polluted Mumbai land is cleaned up properly.

    Comment by michael — May 3, 2010 @ 1:37 pm | Reply

  3. BP vs. the people takes place in New Orleans in Sept., that will tell the tale. Follow the money

    Comment by Kevin Matovina — August 13, 2010 @ 2:37 pm | Reply

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