The uncontrolled release of the natural gas into the water, and then into the air, is significant because natural gas emissions contribute to global warming. Natural gas consists primarily of methane, which is an even more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
They’ve closed the oyster beds in coastal Louisiana again. Once again, the cause is an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Companies that drill for oil routinely leave their old oil wells in place, putting a cap on the top and then walking away.
Pelicans in Minnesota are laying eggs contaminated with crude oil and the oil spill dispersant Corexit. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill may still be spreading, up to the border with Canada now.