As the largest oil spill in Australian history continues uncontained two months after it began, new oil spills along the coasts of the United States of America are providing further warnings about the consequences of expanding offshore drilling.
In South Carolina, the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control will be conducting a review of an oil spill today that could result in a shutdown of shellfish collection near Charleston. Reports came in yesterday of oil floating on the water in Charleston Bay and washing up on area beaches. The source of the oil spill is not yet known.
In the Gulf of Mexico, near Galveston, an estimated 18,000 gallons of oil have been spilled into the water as a result of oil tanker traffic. An oil tanker collided this morning with another ship running supplies to an offshore drilling platform.
These spills come on the same day that Kevin Obermeyer, CEO of the Pacific Pilotage Authority, told concerned residents of British Columbia that there’s no chance that an oil spill could result from new tanker traffic there, where a new oil terminal is being proposed The Northern Sentinel reports,
“He said the chance of a potential oil spill here in the future is nil. “There should never be an incident,” he said, adding that the level of safety associated with an oil tanker is very reassuring.”
Does the tanker collision in the Gulf of Mexico leave you feeling reassured?