Remembering the Deepwater Horizon Victims One Year Later Remembering the Deepwater Horizon Victims One Year Later
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Remembering the Deepwater Horizon Victims One Year Later

by Ben Jervey

April 21, 2011

One year ago today, an explosion tore through the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil drilling rig, about 40 miles off the coast in the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven workers died. The rig was owned by Transocean, and was producing oil on contract with BP. There will be much coverage today (indeed, all week) about the current state of the Gulf, the health of Gulf residents, the changes (or lack thereof) in offshore drilling regulation, and the future of the industry.

Too little attention will be paid to the workers who lost their lives.

Consider the words of Teresa Carpenter, the mother-in-law of one of the lost rig workers: "These men are all but forgotten except by their families."

They aren't forgotten by us. We are thinking today of the eleven workers and the families they were taken away from. We're thinking of the real costs of our country's energy demands. We're thinking of our own oil consumption, and it's connection to this great human tragedy.

We send out deepest condolences and warmest wishes to the families.

You can consider the lives lost, and send your thoughts, through the Deepwater Horizon Memorial.

Photo: Deepwater Horizon Memorial

Ben Jervey More Info

Ben is a writer and editor covering climate change, energy, and environment, and is currently the Climate and Energy Media Fellow at Vermont Law School. He was the original Environment Editor at GOOD Magazine and his work has appeared regularly in National Geographic News, Grist, DeSmogBlog, and OnEarth. He recently worked with the non-profit Focus the Nation to publish an Energy 101 primer. When living in New York City, he wrote a book, The Big Green Apple, on how to live a lower impact life in the city. A bicycle enthusiast, Ben has ridden across the United States and through much of Europe.
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