One year after BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 offshore workers and triggered one of the largest environmental disasters in U.S. history, the effects are still felt and seen along the Gulf Coast.
Some scientists have deemed the health of the Gulf of Mexico as “nearly back to normal.” Perhaps some things are — tourists are slowly returning to the coast, children are back to playing in the water, food has been labeled safe for consumption. But these are just images of normality.
There is still doubt among many people near the Gulf about the safety of their water and their food. Scientists confirm that oil has been found on dead dolphins discovered along the coast, as unusual amounts of deceased marine life continue to wash ashore.