One Year After BP Oil Spill Disaster, Environmental and Economic Destruction Difficult to Calculate
Interview with Darryl Malek-Wiley, environmental justice organizer with Sierra Club, conducted by Melinda Tuhus
April 20 marked the one-year anniversary of the blow-out of British Petroleum’s Macondo deepwater oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, which killed 11 oil rig workers and spilled 190 million gallons of crude oil into Gulf waters and the adjoining coastline before being capped three months later. Since then, estimates of damage have varied, with the Obama administration claiming that most of the oil has now disappeared -- through recovery, evaporation or eaten by microbes. But others assert the damage is more pervasive and ongoing.