area effected
by the spill

Exxon Valdez.: 20 years after the ecological disaster the oil is still there
immediate environmental

Exxon Valdez oil spill clean-up
 the clean up

long term environmental

economic impacts

lessons learned



Answer the following questions using the web links provided
or those of your choice.

     When it comes to drilling for oil, have we really learned our lessons from past disasters?   As you have seen in the news, the Deepwater Horizon rig spill off the Gulf coast could be the biggest ecological disaster in the United States, far eclipsing the events of the Exxon Valdez.  The coasts, beaches and ecosystems of the states bordering the Gulf of Mexico stand to be destroyed for decades to come. 

     It is the responsibility of oil companies to do whatever is humanly possible to improve the process of oil discovery and delivery.

Observe the following videos about the Deepwater Horizon spill.

The Disaster

Oil starts coming ashore

Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon spill


What BP doesn't want you to see

Click the link to see the oil spill cam live feed

Click the link below to see the present size of the Deepwater spill

Click to see video of pelicans being cleaned

Check out this overview of the Deepwater Horizon spill


1.  What improvements have been made in the areas of spill
     prevention and response to oil spills?

2.  Do you feel the oil industry has learned its lessons from disasters
     like the Exxon Valdez?  Explain your position. 

     The next environmental disaster could be the expanded drilling for oil along U.S. coastlines.  Reversing a ban on oil drilling off most U.S. shores, President Barack Obama on April 28, 2010 announced an expansive new policy that could put oil and natural gas platforms in waters from the bottom of New Jersey down the Atlantic coastline to Florida, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and part of Alaska. 


3.  Do you think the ban on offshore drilling should be lifted?  Explain.


    There are solutions to America's energy needs.  America needs to reduce it's consumption of fossil fuels and start developing alternative energy forms.  Renewable energy sources such as water, wind, and the sun can be harvested to make energy rather than burning coal in power plants.  Cars need to be developed that use alternative energy such as alcohols, batteries, and natural gas.  When we reduce our dependence on oil, disasters such as the ones you have studied will become history.

     If this activity has sparked your interest, why don't you research alternative energy sources such as the above mentioned, and see how you personally can make a difference on our Earth.



Created and maintained by
Pat DeCandia
June 09, 2010