The environmental impacts caused by such spills varies greatly, with those close to the coast and pristine environments by far the most destructive. Hopefully the current oil slick will harden and sink to the ocean floor before it has a chance to make landfall in Louisiana over the next few days.
It's oyster season, but many oyster beds in the Gulf of Mexico are empty. Thanks to the 2010 BP oil spill, lots of other fisheries are suffering too.
Here's what BP doesn't want you to know about the use of Corexit after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill.
A satellite view of past Dead Zone in the Gulf: The red areas show how a vast, nitrogen-fed algae bloom has risen, blotting out most sea life underneath.(NASA)The National Oceanic and Atmospheric A
The White House has ordered BP to fully fund Louisiana's plan to dredge up walls of sand to protect coastal marshes from the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Wednesday.
Fire and a vast oil spill, on top of one of the globe's most productive fisheries. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard The Gulf of Mexico is a magnificent resource: a kind of natural engine for the produ