One year after the Gulf oil spill

by Rich Heffern

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Today marks the one-year anniversary of the worst maritime oil spill in U.S. history. Last year on April 20, the Deepwater Horizon rig, leased by oil giant BP, exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and releasing nearly 200 million gallons of oil, tens of millions of gallons of natural gas and 1.8 million gallons of other chemicals.

A year later, how much has changed? “[Another spill] could happen tomorrow and the response would be just as bad,” says Carl Safina, author of the new book, “A Sea in Flames.” Safina is interviewed on Democracy Now about his book and about the oil drilling situation a year after the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

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