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Six months after the Deepwater Horizon Spill

By David A. Fahrenthold

On Wednesday, it will be six months since the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 men and setting off the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

I made several trips to the gulf this summer, starting before the oil had even reached land (I wrapped up the first tarball I saw in a piece of notebook paper, as evidence I'd actually seen it). I was in Alabama on the day that the spill was finally capped, talking to beach-town residents who felt as if their lives had become a Groundhog Day rerun of oily beaches and empty shops.

Last week, I went back to see what life was like along the Gulf Coast now, three months after the oil stopped flowing. I found that the oil has largely disappeared from the surface, though there are still serious concerns about what it's doing, unseen, on the bottom of the gulf.

I also heard people say that BP's millions of dollars, paid out in an effort to keep the gulf as it was, wound up changing life along the coast considerably. The full story can be read here.

How do you feel about the overall response and cleanup effort in the Gulf oil spill since it happened 6 months ago? Tweet your responses using #bp6months and we'll post them back in this blog.

By David A. Fahrenthold  | October 19, 2010; 5:43 PM ET
 
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Comments

Obama's pronouncement that the oil was magically "gone" was premature and criminal. Bush's Katrina efforts suddenly don't seem so bad compared to Obama's outright factual mistatements. Gee, he sure changed the culture of Washington!

Posted by: samwoods77 | October 19, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

A week ago BP ordered its contract boats not to push into the marsh as it squeezed oil into the water. Instead drop an anchor offshore.
BP seems intent on shutting down its clean-up in Plaquemine and St. Bernard (closest to the spill)Parishes when there are still widespread reports of oil at the shoreline and in the marsh.
The next storm coming into the Gulf will bring a remobilization to clean up what is stirred from the water column.

Posted by: dwhittinghill | October 20, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

I don't know what is worst - BP with the world's worst safety record drilling recklessly a mile deep below the surface or the Obama Administration giving them permission to drill, enabling them to skip environmental impact studies, covering up the disaster and allowing BP to use deadly dispersants.

BP should be prosecuted under the RICO Law - Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and all of their assets seized.

Posted by: alance | October 20, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

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