Guest Commentary: One year after wakeup call in the Gulf of Mexico Read more: Guest Commentary: One year after wakeup call in the Gulf of Mexico – The Denver Post 04/20/11

Matt Garrington | April 24, 2011 | Reposted from The Denver Post

On April 20, 2010, Americans were reminded, in living color, of the dangers inherent in letting oil companies go unchecked. We sat glued to our televisions and computers, watching the Deepwater Horizon rig burn in the Gulf of Mexico. Observers and pundits immediately began to make comparisons to the last, great American oil spill, the Exxon Valdez disaster.

We learned of the 11 men who lost their lives on Horizon that day and the others burned or injured as they escaped the sinking platform. We stood by, helpless, as millions of gallons of crude oil poured into the Gulf, threatening our ocean waters, local tourism and recreation businesses, and those families who depend on the Gulf for their livelihood.

In the year since Horizon, the government has conducted investigations, industry has pointed fingers, and teams continue to work feverishly to minimize the damage. The disaster was a wake-up call for the nation that we need strong oversight of how drilling companies conduct business.


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