On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, killing 11 men, spewing untold amounts of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, killing wildlife and destroying the livelihoods of many in the seafood and tourism industries.
Considering I'm far away from my homeland, I am usually thrilled beyond belief on the rare occasions when beloved places like Venice show up in the national news. However, in the weeks and months following the explosion, I saw way more of Venice on TV than I ever wanted to. :[
And today of all days, BP announced it that it is suing the maker of the rig's blowout preventer.
I have mixed feelings on that one. While I certainly want EVERYONE (BP, TransOcean, Halliburton, etc.) involved in this mess to be brought to justice and made to pay, it just seems odd that BP waited this long to file suit. (Can you say finger-pointing/stall-tactic?) Not to mention, it's in pretty poor taste for BP to have announced this legal action on the one year anniversary of the explosion.
Real nice move, BP. :[
Read my thoughts from one year ago:
Do You Know What it Means to Miss the Gulf Coast?