May 20, 2010

BP Oil Spill Ticker; President Obama Appoints Independent Commission

BP has considered or tried dispersants, skimmers, booms, a containment dome, a smaller "top hat," a "hot tap," a giant pipe to siphon off the oil and a "junk shot." Still oil continues gushing from the Deepwater Horizon site. Meanwhile, nobody knows how much. Estimates from the government, outside experts and oil companies differ. PBS has published this tracker.

The President announces that the independent commission he created for the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling will be chaired by former Florida Governor and Senator Bob Graham and former EPA Administrator Bill Reilly. He promises accountability not just for BP, but for those in government who bore responsibility.

This is a terrible environmental disaster that will be in our minds for decades to come. How do you see this playing out over the coming weeks and months?

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