We just marked 25 years since the Exxon Valez drained its contents (11 million gallons of oil) into Alaska’s Prince William Sound. Through the mess we learned that Exxon turned a blind eye to warnings, choosing profits over anything.
This is an old, old story. Or is it?
In 2010, the biggest oil spill ,ever, occurred in the Gulf of Mexico when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, uncapping an oil well and shooting oil into the gulf for 3 months straight. It is estimated that 4.9 million barrels of oil poured into the Gulf. Why did this happen, BP turned a blind eye to warnings, choosing profits over anything.
To mark the anniversary of the Exon Valdez, we have yet another spill in the gulf, just outside of Houston. A barge carrying almost a million gallons of bunker fuel oil ran into a boat, spilling just under 200,000 gallons of sticky, thick oil into the gulf. This happened at a most unfortunate time, contaminating a major bird migratory path during spring nesting season and closing down the Houston ship channel for trade.
I hope I’m not being too cynical when I say- I wonder why this happened?