It is time to examine the lessons we are still learning from the BP oil disaster. The nation must make a commitment to spill prevention and preparedness, which was not the case when the BP oil blowout occurred.
How would the noise, disruption, air, and water pollution that drilling would bring affect one of the world's last relatively untouched ecosystems? What would happen if an oil spill were to occur? The short answer to both questions is: No one knows.