Despite millions of dollars in advertising by BP, attempting to resurrect its corporate image and convince us that the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster is ancient history now, that is simply not the case.
The oil in a slick detected in the Gulf of Mexico last month matched oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill two years ago, the Coast Guard said Wednesday night, ending one mystery and creating another.
The Coast Guard added that “the sheen is not feasible to recover and does not pose a risk to the shoreline.” One government expert said the thin sheen, just microns thick, was 3 miles by 300 yards on Wednesday.
Even if this was an isolated incident - and we hope it was - that doesn't mean that the BP Gulf of Mexico oil disaster doesn't go on and on. In fact, a recent study found that "the 2010 spill killed off salt marsh plants 15 to 30 feet from the shoreline and this plant die off resulted in a more-than-doubled rate of erosion along the marsh edge and subsequent permanent marsh habitat loss." Note the word "permanent," as in "not going away?" And in other news, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration suggested that "[d]olphins in Barataria Bay off Louisiana, which was hit hard by the BP oil spill in 2010, are seriously ill, and their ailments are probably related to toxic substances in the petroleum."
In sum, BP can spend as much money as it wants trying to convince people that its oil doesn't continue to contaminate the Gulf of Mexico, but the scientific evidence tells a starkly different story.