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5 years after BP spill, little has changed to protect Gulf of Mexico
5 years after BP spill, little has changed to protect Gulf of Mexico

Another oil rig caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico early this month. Orange flames shot high into the night sky; the local news reported that multiple workers were missing; and residents of the beleaguered Gulf Coast waited for the other shoe to drop. On that occasion, our worst environmental fears were not realized. The deadly April 1 explosion on a rig belonging to Mexico's state-run Pemex oil company did not lead to a massive oil spill. But it served as a reminder that, five years after the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon rig explosion, the government has done far too little to prevent another disaster. In the months and days after the accident, which killed 11 workers and...

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