• Terrence Aym
Deep under the Gulf of Mexico, beyond the light, beyond the waves, beyond most humans' sight, dark death lingers. When the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster occurred the world's attention became riveted on the spectacle of horror and disaster that terrorized Gulf residents, sent the media into a frenzy, and galvanized environmentalists around the globe. The federal government's response came late. When state and federal officials finally did react their response was more political than scientific. Because of that, the long term danger was never properly addressed and the warning signs that many experts pointed to were either roundly ignored or overlooked by officials and those that knew better. Now new evidence has emerged that the entire ecology of the Gulf has been damaged, the biodiversity severely impacted, and the underwater currents themselves harmed.
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