Oil Industry Accidents
The BP Oil Disaster illustrated a dynamic in Louisiana that those who live near refineries are all too familiar with: explosions and accidents that cause injury, illness and death. Louisiana’s 17 refineries have averaged an accident every day since 2005. In the year since the BP well was capped (September 2010-September 2011), there were more than 3,700 oil industry accidents in the Gulf of Mexico.
The oil industry is so profitable because they can externalize their costs on poor states like Louisiana. Last year, Exxon’s two refineries in the state (Baton Rouge and Chalmette) had 133 accidents. Meanwhile, their profits exceeded $30 billion. There is a connection.
We are examining the oil industry accidents both off shore and on shore.
Refinery Efficiency Initiative
Accidents in the Gulf of Mexico
The Water Keeper Alliance issued a report in 2011 detailing spills in the Gulf since the BP Disaster: State of the Gulf: A Status Report in the Wake of the BP Oil Disaster.
NOAA released a report Dec. 19, 2011 that found air pollution levels from the Deepwater Horizon spill were similar to a large urban area. This was an issue LABB voiced concern about during the spill. Read more about NOAA's report here.