“This slow-motion disaster should sound alarm bells"
WASHINGTON, DC — The nearly 15-year-old Taylor Energy leak highlights the risks of offshore drilling and the difficulties in addressing any problems that do occur, said Laura Daniel Davis, vice president for conservation strategy for the National Wildlife Federation.
"It has been a long time coming but we are pleased to see the federal government finally taking steps to contain the situation and investigate its impacts. Offshore drilling is inherently risky. This slow-motion disaster should sound alarm bells about any proposal to expand drilling along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts or to weaken safety standards.”
The newly-released federal estimates indicate the site is still leaking somewhere between 380 and 4,500 gallons of oil a day. Taylor Energy has reportedly stated the site is leaking as little as three gallons a day.
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