Invisible Dust

London | Wednesday 16 January
Pollution level: Moderate

USA Considers Offering BP Plea Deal over Deepwater


© HeHe ‘Is there a horizon in the deep water’ original performance, March 2011

In 2010, the Gulf of Mexico was hit with the worst ever offshore oil spill in American history. The so-called Deepwater Horizon disaster, in which 780 million litres of BP oil flooded the Gulf, had catastrophic consequences, which still linger today. For example, this year,  13 dead dolphins were found on the beaches in the space of one month (compared to the average of 25 to 30 per year from 2000 to 2009).

BP has pledged $37 billion for clean-up and restoration, which includes compensation to the many human victims, but they also face 14 criminal charges in the USA, as well as civil claims. Now, the US government is reportedly offering BP a plea deal, in which BP may be able to pay $16 billion to settle the civil suits, which would include potential penalties under the Clean Water Act.

In 2011, Invisible Dust and artists HeHe responded to this environmental catastrophe with a performance at the Cambridge Science Festival. “Is there a horizon in the deep water” was a recreation of the Deepwater oil spill in the Jesus Green Lido at Cambridge, which highlighted our ever dangerous need to exploit and burn oil and the consequences for our environment and health.

The dangers of oil spills and our dependency on such risky energy practices are just some of the many reasons why we should be looking for safe, renewable energy.


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