If you have watched the news recently, it is likely that you have cycled through a number of unsettling topics. However, what is even more unsettling, is the devastating event the media has kept hidden for 15 years.
While many of us remember the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010, you know the one with thousands of millions of barrels of oil leaking into the Gulf, it isn’t likely you have heard of this incident since 2004. The Taylor oil spill continues to rage, emptying what many experts estimate to be as much as ‘tens of thousands’ of gallons of oil into the Gulf each day.
As reported by The Washington Post, in their groundbreaking report regarding the United States’ most devastating environmental secret,
“Between 300 and 700 barrels of oil per day have been spewing from a site 12 miles off the Louisiana coast since 2004, when an oil-production platform owned by Taylor Energy sank in a mudslide triggered by Hurricane Ivan. Many of the wells have not been capped, and federal officials estimate that the spill could continue through this century. With no fix in sight, the Taylor offshore spill is threatening to overtake BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster as the largest ever.”
As this has continued to wreak havoc on our oceans, seafood, environments, and worse, Taylor Energy has since sold its oil and gas, ended production, and will no longer speak to the public regarding the incident.
This could be because they would rather not answer the hard questions, or it could be because they are embarrassed. More likely than not, they are limiting the damage done to their checkbook at the cost of damage done to the Gulf, and those who depend on it.
After all, they did make a deal in 2008 to entrust $666 million toward the effort to stop the spill. But, alas, the oil continues to pour into the Gulf. And before you give them a pat on the back for trying, it is important to note that after using a third of those funds to fix the leaking wells, they have decided it can not be contained, and are trying to recover the remaining $450 million.
And while the Gulf is being destroyed a little more each day, lawmakers are fighting over the prospect of Atlantic drilling. Currently, legislation is being considered to open up areas of the Atlantic to be drilled for oil. In our opinion, Chris Eaton, an Earthjustice Attorney said it best in his response to this madness:
“Let’s talk about what’s happening in the Gulf before we move into the Atlantic.”
Featured Image Via Daniel Beltra