Gulf Oil Industry
For decades, the oil industry—while providing fuel and petrochemicals for our cars, houses, and businesses—has been laying waste to the Gulf Coast region. The risks posed by the industry were brought home all too clearly by 2010’s massive BP oil disaster—at over 200 million gallons, the largest accidental oil spill in history. SouthWings was at the ready after the spill, flying more than 50 missions to document the spill and double-check the claims of BP and government about the magnitude and effects of the spill.
Our flights following the BP oil disaster also helped uncover the Taylor Energy spill, an ongoing leak from production wells that were damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 but still have not been fixed. This discovery led to our forming the Gulf Monitoring Consortium.
We continue to fly over offshore oil facilities in the Gulf to investigate and educate about the excesses and harms of oil exploration and production and to advocate for meaningful oversight of the industry.