A major environmental catastrophe has flooded the Gulf of Mexico, reports Mic.com. While Donald Trump makes headlines for his every move and word, oil company Royal Dutch Shell has begun to clean up almost 90,000 gallons of crude oil that leaked approximately 90 miles off Louisiana.
A U.S. Coast Guard press release alleges the spill has been subdued. “The likely cause of the sheen is a release of oil from subsea infrastructure and in response, we have isolated the leak and shut-in production,” reports Wall Street Journal. “No release is acceptable, and safety remains our priority as we respond to this incident.”
Yet locals around the site continue to be skeptical. “You sit down for dinner and you watch the news and you see another spill with tens of thousands of gallons of oil and reports that no one is hurt or the leak has stopped,” says Colette Pichon Battle, executive director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy, to Think Progress. “Just from experience, that that’s probably not true.”
In April 2010, underwater cameras revealed a BP pipe was leaking oil and gas on the ocean floor about 42 miles off the coast of Louisiana. The leak – recognized as the worst oil spill in U.S. history – resulted in the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 people.