NEW ORLEANS (CN) - A broken underwater wellhead has been dumping 4,000 gallons of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico for seven years, and neither its owner nor state or federal governments have informed the public or seriously tried to stop it, six environmental groups claim in Federal Court.
Lead plaintiff Apalachicola Riverkeeper sued Taylor Energy Co., acting with its co-plaintiffs as the Waterkeeper Alliance.
“This lawsuit is necessary because of Taylor’s slow pace in stopping the flow of oil from its well(s) into the Gulf,” the complaint states.” To the best of the Waterkeepers’ knowledge, this contamination continues after seven (7) years of flow.
“This lawsuit is also needed because of the secrecy surrounding Taylor’s response to a multi-year spill that threatens public resources. Such secrecy is inconsistent with national policy that ‘Public participation in the … enforcement of any [Clean Water Act or RCRA] regulation … shall be provided for, encouraged, and assisted.” (Brackets in complaint.)
The governor of the state of New Jersey, in line with the mood of the people of his state, has vowed he would never allow offshore drilling to commence off the coast of New Jersey. But the House of Representatives has just passed the Restarting Offshore Leasing Now Act (ROLNA?), which will impose on the people of New Jersey, against their wishes and the wishes of their government, the burden of risky offshore drilling.
Not one new environmental protection has been passed to curb the abuses or limit the dangers inherent in the kind of offshore drilling BP was engaged in when the Macondo well blow-out happened last April. No new technology has been developed that would better prevent such an event or contain such a spill. No major industry player has developed a response plan that would protect the local environment.