While the Gulf Oil Spill is no longer in the news, the effects linger, especially for sea turtles. Many were covered in oil, and even more were burned when the surface oil was set afire. Apparently, BP knew endangered sea turtles were in the burn areas, but went ahead anyway….
from the: Center for Biological Diversity:
In December, the Interior Department announced it was lifting the moratorium on deepwater drilling, an action that is clearly premature. The agency has yet to completely outlaw the use of environmental waivers that allowed hundreds of drilling projects, including BP’s ill-fated Deepwater venture, to be approved without a full analysis of the environmental risks. In the Gulf, where there are more than 3,600 oil and gas production operations, regulators also aren’t complying with the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which require imperiled species to be protected during offshore operations. The government has yet to impose significant additional regulations on new shallow-water drilling operations that can be just as dangerous as deepwater drilling.
“Rather than rushing to return to business as usual, we need to put all new deep and shallow-water offshore drilling on hold till industry and government can prove that it’s safe. The price is simply too high, and the risks too great, to move ahead with any offshore drilling without addressing these fundamental dangers,” said Suckling. “We should be marking the six-month anniversary of the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history by redoubling our efforts to protect the environment and making sure something like this never happens again.”
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