Oil spills may not make the news all the time, but they certainly seem to happen all the time. The G2 Gallery in Los Angeles will have an oil spill exhibit worth checking out – breathtaking photographs of destruction from the BP Oil Spill meant to effect change so even smaller disasters like these don’t happen again.
BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill was notable because of the huge number of barrels leaked, the economic and environmental devastation wrought, and the number of people directly affected. But oil spills are not an aberration. Spills are a constant and poisonous cost of the world’s dependence upon fossil fuels.
Little attention is paid to this steady stream of spills. That’s in part because company and government officials often labor to convince us that each single spill is minor, unimportant, and environmentally benign.
This week, while BP was defending itself in court against claims and potential fines stemming from the 2010 disaster, emergency responders were kept busy dealing with new oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico and around the world.
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