The Buzz Has Died Down but the Effects Remain

Although you might not see many headlines about the BP Oil Spill these days, the ramifications are very real and still affect us today. On April 20, 2010, the Gulf of Mexico was changed forever. The biggest oil spill to date happened when a BP owned oil rig exploded and sank, killing 11 people and causing massive amounts of oil to leak into the gulf. It took 87 days to seal the leak, and although the oil well was declared sealed in September 2010, some people still report leakage from the site of the explosion. In the 3 months that it took for BP to finally seal the well, nearly 5 million barrels, or 200 gallons, of oil were leaked into the ocean. As you can imagine, this had a huge, destructive impact on the wildlife and marine ecology in the immediate and surrounding areas. (more…)