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One Year Later: The Gulf Oil Spill

President Obama tours the beach in Port Fouchon, Louisiana, May 28, 2010.

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Wednesday, April 20 marks the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon blowout, the oil platform explosion that killed 11 men and set a 200-million-gallon gusher of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico for three long months. Over the next few days, Rolling Stone contributing editors Jeff Goodell and Tim Dickinson – whose in-depth reporting on the spill you can revisit below — and others will assess where things stand one year later. Among the questions to tackle: How far has the Gulf ecosystem recovered? What are the lingering health effects on Gulf coast residents? How well have politicians, oil executives, government regulators and other players absorbed the lessons of the spill? Could a disaster like the BP spill happen today? Check back here for updates.

BP Birthday Blowout: ‘This Absolutely Could Happen Again Tomorrow’
April 20, 2011: After the Gulf spill, the Obama administration vowed Never again, writes Tim Dickinson – but it’s done little to back up the rhetoric

The Gulf Oil Spill: One Year Later, ‘Nothing Fundamentally Has Changed’
April 19, 2011: The BP disaster could have woken America up to the insanity of our oil-addiction and the risks of deep-water drilling, writes Rolling Stone contributing editor Jeff Goodell. Alas, that didn’t happen

‘The Real Catastrophe is the Oil We Don’t Spill’: Carl Safina on the Deepwater Horizon Blowout
April 19, 2011: An excerpt from A Sea in Flames, a new book from the world-renowned ecologist

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Best Writing on the BP Oil Spill
As chosen by the editors of

Rolling Stone Spill Coverage

BP’s Shock Waves
Matt Taibbi’s September 2010 article on how the oil giant’s catastrophic spill in the Gulf could trigger another financial meltdown

The Poisoning
In August 2010, Jeff Goodell reported from the Gulf on how BP made the biggest environmental disaster in American history even worse

BP’s Next Disaster
In July 2010, Dickinson wrote about the oil giant’s plans to start drilling in the Arctic in the fall of that year and the Obama administration’s failure to stop it

The Spill, The Scandal and the President
Tim Dickinson’s June 2010 investigation of how Obama failed to crack down on Bush-era corruption  and let BP, the world’s most dangerous oil company, get away with murder


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