Governor Jindal issues statement 5 years after Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Governor Jindal issues statement 5 years after Deepwater Horizon oil spill

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - News release from State of Louisiana Office of the Governor

BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Jindal issued the following statement five years after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill:

Governor Jindal said, "Five years ago today, eleven honorable men were taken from us far too soon in the tragic Deepwater Horizon explosion off of our coast. This year, as we reflect upon each individual who lost their lives that fateful day, our hearts and prayers go out to the families and friends of these men. They worked tirelessly for countless hours on the rig to provide for their families, and their work helped drive an industry that supports thousands more families across our state. Although they are no longer with us, they will forever be in our memory."

"The images of oil-drenched wildlife and marshes have been seared into our memories, but our spirit and perseverance are stronger than ever before. As we look back over these past five years, we have seen our coast continue to rebound from the oil-battered wetlands and beaches we saw in the months after the spill. Although we will not know the full extent of the damage until a final assessment is completed, response and recovery efforts are ongoing, and scientists say our habitats and ecosystems are slowly coming back. However, there is more work to do as oil continues to wash ashore here in our state – and we won't stop working until our coast and wetlands are fully restored."

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill began off of Louisiana's coast on April 20, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico after an explosion occurred on an oil rig owned by BP and operated by Transocean. The initial explosion tragically killed 11 people and injured 17 others. More than 200 million gallons (4.9 million barrels) of crude oil was pumped into the Gulf of Mexico for a total of 87 days until it was capped on July 15, 2010 – making it the biggest oil spill in U.S. history. By April of 2014, over 15 million pounds of oily material had been removed from Louisiana's coast alone.

Today, five years after the spill, Louisiana continues to battle re-oiling. Tarballs, tarmats, sheening and oozing oil still appear on shores and wetlands in several of the state's coastal areas. As recently as March of this year, a submerged tar mat was located on the East Grand Terre barrier island, resulting in the removal of nearly 14,000 pounds of oily material over the course of just a few days. Assessments are still ongoing to measure the full impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Louisiana's coast; however, response efforts will continue by state and federal workers as long as necessary to restore it.