It’s been over 20 years since the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska which resulted in 10.8 million barrels of oil being spilled into Prince William Sound.* Fast forward to 2010 and BP is pouring an undetermined amount of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico that could pale the Exxon Valdez disaster.

Here are some questions that readers are free to add to or answer:

  1. With 20 years since the last major US oil spill; what have we learned?
  2. Why haven’t we in 20 years been able to identify specific solutions to prevent oil spills from coming ashore?
  3. How many other foreign oil companies are drilling in US waters vs. US owned and operated oil companies?
  4. How do foreign oil companies drilling in US waters affect the overall price that Americans pay for oil or gas?
  5. Why are foreign oil companies drilling for oil in US waters?
  6. What will happen if it takes 2-3 more months to stop the oil from gushing from the ocean floor?
  7. How many types of Gulf fishing industries will be negatively affected by the BP oil spill?
  8. What will happen if the BP oil spill gets into the Gulf current and works its way around Florida and up the east coast?
  9. Why are we not utilizing every available means to prevent oil from coming ashore?
  10. Are there and species of birds, fish, etc. on the endangered species list in the Gulf area that could be in jeopardy?
  11. When the Exxon Valdez oil spill was finally cleaned up Herring never came back. Are there any fish species that might not recover from the BP oil spill in the Gulf?
  12. What is the potential economic loss to seasonal coastal communities that rely on beach visitors over the summer months?
  13. Do you believe the Obama administration is doing enough to solve the BP oil spill disaster?
  14. Will the Gulf spill be worse than the Exxon Valdez oil spill?


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