Deepwater Horizon burning before it sank on Earth Day, April 22, 2010
Back in spite of popular demand: more offshore Gulf of Mexico oil and natural gas leasing, before the Gulf has even had a chance to recover from the Deepwater Horizon disaster. So far this year, the Obama administration has leased 3.4 million acres. Some leases are at depths of 11,200 feet or more.
The April 20, 2010 explosion on the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon drilling rig killed 11 workers, blackened beaches in five US states and devastated the Gulf Coast’s tourism and fishing industries.
It took 87 days to cap BP’s runaway well 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) below the surface that spewed some 4.9 million barrels (206 million gallons) of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
It doesn’t matter who we vote for, apparently. The oil and gas industry will get what they want. Both major political parties serve the 1 Percent.