Nearly a year after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, it's easy to assume that if we don't see a lot of headlines about ecological damage, then there mustn't be any. But it's not over. Let me repeat: it's definitely not over.
Last month, a wildlife biologist for the federal government took a phone call from a manmade island north of Alaska, where a polar bear had emerged from a snow drift perhaps 6-10 feet deep on top of the artificial ground.
It seems as though any disruption in the Middle East is often followed by a loud call for more drilling in the U.S. But the Deepwater Horizon disaster demonstrated what can happen without adequate oversight.
BP will likely tell us that everything is fine now; they've clean everything up. But residents of the Gulf of Mexico offer a starkly different story, one of enduring damage, people wronged, and a region scarred.