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NYT: 2010-An Untameable Spill, an Unpassable Bill
January 5, 2011, 12:53 pm
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By FELICITY BARRINGER

Top 10 lists are often relentlessly negative: the 10 most-polluting industrial plants, the 10 most befouled beaches, and so on.

The spirit of this list is slightly different: Good or bad, these are environmental moments in 2010 that are most likely to reverberate in the world of environmental news in 2011 and beyond.

The Spill: On April 20, a blowout in BP’s Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon rig. Over the next 14 weeks, government scientists estimate, about 172 million gallons of oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico.

For weeks it seemed the ferocious leak would not be plugged; the spreading stain of surface oil was mapped and pursued the way the country once followed the progress of Allied armies in Normandy.

When efforts to stop the flow finally succeeded in July, the surface oil disappeared rapidly,  but not before dozens of miles of coastline in five states were fouled, hundreds of pelicans, dolphins,and other animals were covered in the goo, fishing was halted for months and a six-month moratorium on new drilling in deep offshore waters was imposed by the Obama administration. Next year will be consumed with legal efforts to see how much more BP must pay. It has already set aside $20 billion in a compensation fund for spill victims.

 Read further at http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/31/2010-an-untameable-spill-an-unpassable-bill/

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