Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Deepwater Horizon Disaster Was Five Years Ago Monday.  Here’s What We Still Don’t Know.

In this Wednesday, April 21, 2010 aerial file photo taken in the Gulf of Mexico more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana’s tip, an oil slick is seen as the Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns. (Credit: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, file) Click to Enlarge.
It’s officially been five years since BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster, a well blowout and subsequent oil spill that caused the deaths of 11 men.

A lot has happened since — a massive cleanup effort, scientific research on impacts, civil and criminal court cases galore.  But the answers to many basic questions about the historic tragedy remain either unknown or/and unclear.

On this five-year anniversary, here are five important things we still don’t know about the largest accidental oil spill in world history.
  • How much oil actually spilled
  • How much BP will have to pay
  • How human health has been affected
  • How the deep sea will fare
  • Whether safety standards can really prevent another disaster
Read more at The Deepwater Horizon Disaster Was Five Years Ago Today.  Here’s What We Still Don’t Know.

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