The 14-Year-Long Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico No One is Talking About

Written by on November 24, 2018 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments

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By Amanda Froelich | The Mind Unleashed

Contrary to what you might have been taught, oil spills are actually quite common. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that there are about 70 oil spills each day. In one year, this amounts to approximately 1.3 million gallons (or 4.9 million liters) being spilled into U.S. waters. When a large oil spill occurs, that number can easily be doubled. As frustrating as this present reality is, there is a more substantial oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that has been ignored for 14 years. As a result, it now verges on becoming one of the worst offshore disasters in U.S. history.

The Washington Post reports that 12 miles off the Louisiana coast, between 300 and 700 barrels of oil are spewing into the ocean each day. The spill began in 2004 when an oil-production platform owned by Taylor Energy was damaged during Hurricane Ivan. Because the platform sank into a mudslide, many of the wells were left uncapped.

14 years later, the wells are still leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico. To make matters worse, there is no fix in sight. In fact, federal officials estimate that the spill won’t be resolved until the end of this century. Because of this, the Taylor offshore spill is likely to overtake BP’s Deepwater Horizon incident as the largest-ever.

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Why No One Has Heard About the Taylor Energy Spill

Oil spills are no joke, primarily because they damage a company’s reputation. It is for this reason that the Taylor Energy company went to great lengths to keep the spill a secret. Six years after the incident, however, environmental watchdog groups stumbled across the polluted waters with a rainbow-colored oil slick. They were monitoring the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster just a few miles away.  

Reportedly, Taylor Energy did alert the U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center (NRC) about the spill. But, rather than conduct an investigation, the NRC used data from the company citing that the spill is leaking only one-to-55 barrels each day. A new analysis conducted by the Justice Department in September reveals the inaccuracy. “There is abundant evidence that supports the fact that these reports from NRC are incorrect,” wrote Oscar Garcia-Pineda, a geoscience consultant who specializes in remote sensing of oil spills.  “My conclusion is that NRC reports are not reliable.”


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