This spill reveals why there is a new and dynamic movement in the Gulf of Mexico for no new drilling operations.
Royal Dutch Shell's overseas drilling operations were putting oil into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, eventually releasing approximately 90,000 gallons of oil into the water off the Louisiana coast.
The company said the spill was identified above an undersea pipeline system, although certain details regarding the leakage's cause were not made public.
“We have allowed the [Gulf] to be perpetually treated as a sacrifice zone—a place where we tolerate pollution and disasters to continue our dependence on fossil fuels.” said Michael Brune From Sierra Club.
The spill left a 13-by 2-mile shine on the water, NBC reports. While the company ensured press reporters and government agencies that wells in the area had been shut off and the spill was being controlled, regional observers expressed high levels of concern.
“What we usually see in oil industry accidents like this is a gross understatement of the amount released and an immediate assurance that everything is under control, even if it’s not,” stated Anne Rolfes, establishing director of anti-offshore drilling group the Louisiana Pail Brigade. “This spill shows why there is a new and vibrant movement in the Gulf of Mexico for no new drilling.”
Residents opposed to overseas drilling say that oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico have actually become unfortunately prevalent. “According to the federal National Response Center, the oil industry has thousands of accidents in the Gulf of Mexico every year,” the Louisiana Bucket Brigade said.
This most current catastrophe happened simple weeks after the six-year anniversary of BP's disastrous oil spill in the Gulf and on the same day that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held a hearing on the firm's next Five Year Plan for the Gulf of Mexico.
Thursday's BOEM hearing concentrated on the environmental effect statement of oil drilling in the Gulf. The Louisiana Pail Brigade reported that residents found and gathered tar balls in the Gulf's Grand Island last month-- demonstrating that “BOEM’s environmental impact assessment is inadequate.”
“It’s unacceptable that oil spills have been permitted to become the status quo in the Gulf,” said Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune in response to this most current catastrophe. “From Deepwater Horizon to the Taylor Well to Shell’s latest disaster, we have allowed the region to be perpetually treated as a sacrifice zone—a place where we tolerate pollution and disasters to continue our dependence on fossil fuels.”
Activists nationwide are prompting President Obama to stop all oil and gas leases in the Gulf to avoid such catastrophes from continuing.
Certainly, the worldwide environmental project Break Free from Fossil Fuels has planned a march in Washington, D.C. on Sunday to call for an end to overseas drilling.
“This practice must end now,” Brune stated. “Hundreds of thousands of people have mobilized across the country, and thousands more will march in Washington, D.C. this Sunday calling for President Obama to protect our waters and coastal communities from offshore drilling.”
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