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Mon Oct 22, 2018, 08:13 AM

A 14-year-long oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico verges on becoming one of the worst in U.S. history

NEW ORLEANS óAn oil spill that has been quietly leaking millions of barrels into the Gulf of Mexico has gone unplugged for so long that it now verges on becoming one of the worst offshore disasters in U.S. history.

Between 300 and 700 barrels of oil per day have been spewing from a site 12 miles off the Louisiana coast since 2004, when an oil-production platform owned by Taylor Energy sank in a mudslide triggered by Hurricane Ivan. Many of the wells have not been capped, and federal officials estimate that the spill could continue through this century. With no fix in sight, the Taylor offshore spill is threatening to overtake BPís Deepwater Horizon disaster as the largest ever.

As oil continues to spoil the Gulf, the Trump administration is proposing the largest expansion of leases for the oil and gas industry, with the potential to open nearly the entire outer continental shelf to offshore drilling. That includes the Atlantic coast, where drilling hasnít happened in more than a half century and where hurricanes hit with double the regularity of the Gulf.

Expansion plans come despite fears that the offshore oil industry is poorly regulated and that the planet needs to decrease fossil fuels to combat climate change, as well as the knowledge that 14 years after Ivan took down Taylorís platform, the broken wells are releasing so much oil that researchers needed respirators to study the damage.

ďI donít think people know that we have this ocean in the United States thatís filled with industry,Ē said Scott Eustis, an ecologist for the Gulf Restoration Network, as a six-seat plane circled the spill site on a flyover last summer. On the horizon, a forest of oil platforms rose up from the Gulfís waters, and all that is left of the doomed Taylor platform are rainbow-colored oil slicks that are often visible for miles. He cannot imagine similar development in the Atlantic, where the majority of coastal state governors, lawmakers, attorneys general and residents have aligned against the administrationís proposal.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/a-14-year-long-oil-spill-in-the-gulf-of-mexico-verges-on-becoming-one-of-the-worst-in-us-history/ar-BBOHEpy?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=mailsignout

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Mon Oct 22, 2018, 08:18 AM

1. Yeah, not much talk about this at all. That's pretty sad.

Everyone is too focus on the attention-whore-in-chief.

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Mon Oct 22, 2018, 08:29 AM

2. Taylor's widow's assets should be seized and sold

to fund the capping of the leaking well. This helps explain that oily taste in the Gulf shrimp and oysters.

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