The BP Oil Disaster: One Year Later
Tomorrow will mark one year since the BP-Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded a mile off the U.S. Gulf Coast. The fire and explosion killed 11 men and touched off the nation's worst oil spill. It took months to cap the well. By then millions of gallons of crude oil had gushed into the Gulf. The disaster caused untold damage to the environment and local economy. Tourism and fishing were hit particularly hard. But many of the worst fears did not come to pass. After a temporary moratorium, oil companies are being granted permits for deep-water drilling. A look at the resilience of an ecosystem and a region - and what still needs to be done.
reporter, The Washington Post; writer for Achenblog; author of "A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea: The Race to Kill the BP Oil Gusher."
president, Natural Resources Defense Council; former member of the National Oil Spill Commission.
president of the National Ocean Industries Association and former director of the Minerals Management Service.
Read an Excerpt from Achenbach's Book
From The Hold at the Bottom of the Sea: The Race to Kill the BP Oil Gusher. Copyright 2011 by Joel Achenbach. Excerpted by kind permission of Simon & Schuster.