Some updates on the Gulf spill:
- Three-fourths of the oil that gushed into the Gulf of Mexico has been contained (evaporated, skimmed, collected, burned off, dispersed or dissolved), according to the Obama administration.
- The costs associated with the spill are estimated to be $6.1 billion, “including the cost of the spill response, containment, relief-well drilling, static kill and cementing, grants to the Gulf states, claims paid and federal costs,” BP said in a statement Monday.
- As federal investigators continue their probe, the oil industry is trying to figure out how to deal with the undertrained and overstretched workers on rapidly increasing number of oil rigs.
- Researchers amp up their lobbying for funds to study the long-term effects of the spill.
But our fight here is not over. We must hold BP accountable for its actions, both leading up to and following the oil geyser that polluted our water, ecosystems and lifestyles. Keep checking Public Citizen’s spill page, Beyond BP, for updates.