From the National Resources Defense Council’s report on the water quality of the nation’s beaches:
“The Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded on April 20th, 2010 killing eleven workers and sparking the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Over the course of two months, approximately 170 million gallons of oil and 200,000 metric tons of methane gas gushed into Gulf Waters, affecting approximately 1000 miles of shoreline. More than a year later, a sorry legacy of enduring damage, people wronged, and a region scarred remains. At the end of January, 83 miles of shoreline remained heavily or moderately oiled, and tar balls and weathered oil continue to wash ashore.”
– Since the oil was spilled, more than 9,474 oil-related beach closings, advisories and notices have been reported.
– The clean-up effort is still underway in Alabama, Louisiana, Florida and Mississippi.
– Four beaches in Louisiana still remain closed because of the spill.
– In 2010, there were 2,232 closing days at eleven beach segments in Louisiana.
– In 2011, there have been an additional 1,188 closure days so far, and counting.
Now, one might think BP might somehow acknowledge this report in some sort of guarded tone, acknowledging the work that must still be done, perhaps acknowledging how much they might have cost the Gulf Coast with their screw-up. Really, acknowledging anything…
Here’s what BP issued over Twitter:
“Annual #Beach Water Report released today includes info on improved conditions since #BP #oilspill”
British Petroleum: Making things right, or telling you we are and really, what’s the difference America? You’re just watching Law and Order reruns anyway.
Have a nice day.