Everything Old is New Again
Thursday, August 25, 2011
By Justin Bloom, Eastern Regional Director
Everything Old is New Again. The words of our friends at SkyTruth ring clear through the confusion in the Gulf. Recent reports of new oil slicks raise valid fears of whether or not the Deepwater Horizon site continues to leak oil from last summerís disaster. Last week, Huffington Post reported on a new oil sheen near Green Canyon Block in the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf Monitoring Consortium, a partnership between Waterkeeper Alliance, SkyTruth, and Southwings, has been documenting numerous slicks in the Gulf.
In some cases we are able to confirm the source of this pollution and our Waterkeepers are able to take action, such as the case of the ongoing discharges at the Taylor Energy rig. (Stay tuned for more info on this.) In other cases, we are unable to locate the source with any certainty. One thing that is certain is that oil production in the Gulf of Mexico results in oil spills, and at a bare minimum, we need better regulation and enforcement to prevent future spills. We canít rely on the oil industry to govern themselves responsibly, and where government fails to protect our Gulf and its communities, WE WILL CONTINUE TO STEP UP and take action. As always, we need your support.