While for many individuals it still seems like just yesterday, it has been almost two years since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. 11 workers were tragically killed and millions of gallons of oil poured into the ocean in one of the most dramatic and environmentally-devastating events in recent history. Recovering from the disaster has been a long and tenuous course as local individuals recover economically and the ecosystem attempts to recover environmentally.
Since the disaster, BP had not drilled within the Gulf of Mexico for over a year. Now, the big oil rigs are getting set to return and will return in greater numbers with greater force than before the accident. BP plans to expand their industry beyond control of the United States into waters tied with Mexico and Cuba. This essentially means that any future disaster would negatively affect the American coastline, but would not be affected by American rules and regulations for responsibility. Big oil companies are also expanding into the eastern Mediterranean Sea and off the coast of East Africa.
BP and other big rig oil companies defend their return to the water, stating that national and international demand for energy continues to grow. Most executives involved in deep sea drilling agree that Americans will either have to accept the ongoing risk or get out of their cars. President Obama claims that the government has opened millions of new acres for oil exploration and approved over 400 permits for drilling since they implemented new safety standards after the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster.