The Oceana report, which also details the ongoing human, economic and environmental fallout from the 2010 oil spill, comes amid additional finding that said far more coastline was affected by the catastrophe than experts initially thought. Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with several private research companies, recently reported finding oil along more than 1,300 miles of shoreline (out of 5,930 miles surveyed) after the spill. The area spanned numerous states, from Texas to Florida.
“Unprecedented in both scope and nature, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. The spill dealt a heavy blow to the Gulf Coast region natural resources and its natural resource-dependent economy,” the assessment found. “The oil came into contact with and injured natural resources as diverse as deep-sea coral, fish and shellfish, productive wetland habitats, sandy beaches, birds, endangered sea turtles, and protected marine life. The oil spill prevented people from fishing, going to the beach, and enjoying their typical recreational activities along the Gulf of Mexico. 1 Extensive response actions, including cleanup activities and actions to try to prevent the oil from reaching sensitive resources, were undertaken to try to reduce harm to people and the environment. However, many of these response actions had collateral impacts on the environment.”