Remembering The Spill – 1 Year Later

1 Year.  That’s how long it has been since BP’s Deepwater Horizon exploded and an immense loss of life ensued.

Deepwater Horizon Fire - Photo, US Coast Guard11 men lost their life on April 20, 2010.  Many more lives would follow.  Who can say for sure what the true tally of lost life really is?

Last Summer, I had a sick feeling about what was occurring in the Gulf.  I couldn’t believe what was happening.  Even more unbelievable to me is how we are supposed to believe that conditions are anything close to ‘normal’ down there now.  We don’t get to disrespect the ecosystem for months on end and get back to business as usual in less than a year.

No, I believe that we need to own up to this severe insult to the system and realize we have done significant harm to our environment, our fellow humans, and other creatures that we share this planet with.

I cannot forget.

We saw a side of this disaster that few have experienced outside the coast, and I can’t help but think about the plight these communities continue to struggle with today.  I cannot think of a single person that doesn’t want the Gulf of Mexico to be back to normal.  If only wishing made it so…

Today, as we remember this tragic event, I think it is especially fitting to pause and reflect on the lives there were lost in the accident 1 year ago:

Jason Anderson
Spirit Study 2 - Photo by Terrell ClarkAaron Dale Burkeen
Donald Clark
Stephen Curtis
Gordon Jones
Roy Wyatt Kemp
Karl Dale Kleppinger, Jr.
Blair Manuel
Dewey Revette
Shane Roshto
Adam Weise

As we reflect, let us ask ourselves if we’re ready to honor their sacrifice and take a real close look at the Deepwater Horizon disaster and why it happened. There are lessons for us all, if we care to listen.

The closing lines of the President’s Oil Spill Commission Report says it best:

“Our message is clear: both government and industry must make dramatic changes to establish the high level of safety in drilling operations on the outer continental shelf that the American public has the right to expect and to demand. It is now incumbent upon the Congress, the executive branch, and the oil and gas industry to take the necessary steps. Respect for the 11 lives lost on that tragic day last April requires no less.”

What does this bring up for you?  Is this on your radar today? Are you ready to take action to reduce your own oil consumption?  If so, here are a few tips to get you started.

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Top Photo: US Coast Guard

Bottom Photo: Terrell Clark

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