Oil Spill: Waiting for the Big One

By Andrej Mrevlje |

Five years after the enormous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the fines for BP and other companies involved in one of the biggest man-made environmental disasters have finally been defined. But is financial punishment for negligence and damage big enough to force the oil companies increase safety measures that could prevent the future oil spills? It does not seems so.

While thousands of oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico continue to drill and pump millions of gallons of oil, Shell, one of the world’s biggest oil companies, has sent its crews to the Arctic, where they are testing more drilling for oil in extremely difficult conditions. If Shell passes the safety test, other oil giants are ready to follow suit.

Then one day in Gulf of Mexico, on the shores of Brazil or in Arctic, it will happen again. It’s inevitable, experts said in a recent, rather depressing piece on the state of the oil industry and related environmental risks.

It describes how the presentation of the BP disaster in the Gulf  of Mexico was minimized and changed into an accident in a distant world, different from ours. It tells you about the huge stains of coagulated oil that lie in the bottom of Gulf of Mexico, poisoning the deepwater life, and possibly even the seafood we enjoy on our tables. And how nothing, nothing has been done to change legislation that would tighten the safety control on deepwater drilling and possibly prevent the next environmental disaster. The piece, “How the Biggest, Most Expensive Oil Spill in History Changed Nothing at All,” is trying to figure out how big the next spill might be and what kind of risk it poses for our planet. But it also reminds us that the first explosion of an oil rig in Santa Barbara happened in the 1969. Back then this first explosion prompted  the first  environmental movement, which by today seems to exhaust  all their resources and energies.

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