It’s Not Over: The Effects of the BP Oil Spill

Five years after the BP Oil Spill, its effects are still felt – and will be felt for many decades to come. It was on the 20th of April in the year 2010 when the event that will forever be known as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; it is this event that has been marked in history as the largest marine disaster in recorded human history, with over 700 million liters of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, resulting into eleven casualties and the death of hundreds and thousands of animals in the sea. Why, even the effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill are still very much felt to day… over 25 years later.

The effects of oil spills are not always felt physically as sometimes these events can indirectly affect profits and entire livelihoods of many small businesses, thereby devastating the economy just the same as the ecosystem. After the investigation, it was proven that the wellhead blowout that had caused the BP oil spill was due to the negligence of the corporation. They have been charged with manslaughter, misdemeanor, and many other accounts, and they are legally accountable to allow for hand compensation towards those who were affected by the oil spill.

However, despite pleading a public promise saying that they will aid all those they had inadvertently harmed via the oil spill that lasted well into July 2010, they have made legal claims that have made it possible for victims to receive a payment that BP themselves have approved – which is to say, the victims were unable to receive anything at all, leaving them heavily financially unstable. This is a severe injustice that people should not stand for as companies this large, that have caused this must damage, must be held accountable for their own actions, as well as their lack of it.

Read More