Oil Spill Blobs Start Invading Coastal Areas
Legacy of offshore drilling washes ashore as BP struggles to cap blowout
The oil unstoppably pouring out of the Gulf of Mexico’s sea floor is now unstoppable as it pushes past efforts to keep it out of wetlands. Over the weekend, thick, tarry blobs rode the tide into wildlife refuge areas of the Mississippi delta. It took 12 days, but the invasion has arrived.
Meanwhile, offshore, British Petroleum still can’t find a way to staunch the leak which has put an estimated 3.5 millions of oil into Gulf waters since BP’s well rig exploded April 20. After the containment dome attempt failed over the weekend, BP is hoping to plug the gusher with old tires, golf balls and who knows what else. It will be perhaps three months before a relief well is finished.
From 2006–2014, Terry was managing editor for Earthjustice's blog, online monthly newsletter and print Earthjustice Quarterly Magazine.