A few weeks ago, an acquaintance of mine told me of a conversation she had with an “expert” she met while traveling. He had been studying the environmental impact of the BP oil spill that took place after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, she said. He assured her that, despite environmentalists’ concerns, the oil spill was all taken care of, and that there were no major negative impacts.
A new scientific study shows something quite different. Tuna swimming in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico are dying of heart attacks because of exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons contained in crude oil. In related news, half of the dolphins in a recent survey of Louisiana waters fouled by the BP crude oil spill were found to be dying or gravely ill. Some of the dolphins were so sick that they lost all of their teeth – and they usually have between 78 and 106 teeth.
How could my acquaintance’s traveling companion have missed these signs? He works for a company that’s supposed to be working to clean up the Gulf of Mexico from the BP oil spill — a company that has a financial incentive to declare that everything’s already back to normal.