So many things happened today in the world of the Gulf Oil Spill – its hard to keep track of all the things that are going on but here is a brief recap –
1. We found out officially that the BP oil spill is the worse oil spill in American history – yes, worse that the Exxon Valdez oil spill from 1989. Though the range of estimates is wide, experts predict that the spill is somewhere between 17-39 millions gallons. (the Exxon spill was 11 million gallons)
2. The head of the Minerals Management Service (MMS) who oversees drilling operations left the Administration today – it is unclear whether she was fired or resigned. The MMS will be completely overhauled by the Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, who’s agency oversees the MMS. There will be 3 new departments that handle the work of the MMS though that system is not yet in place.
3. President Obama did call for a moratorium on deep water offshore drilling – but it remains to be seen how long that will be in place and if it will lead to real energy reform in the United States.
More soon – but wanted to keep folks updated!