The story begins in the Gulf of Mexico in 2004 when Hurricane Ivan toppled a Taylor Energy oil drilling platform. 15 years later that well is still leaking. 70,000 gallons of crude a day, every day. It has leaked more oil than the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Critics say the lack of action by Taylor and the federal agencies that oversee offshore drilling is a result of a self-regulated Wild West industry that’s allowed to under-report spills while trying to shun responsibility to contain or clean up leaks.
The company says it has done everything possible to stem the flow of oil and that it should no longer be held accountable for the leak.
Costs are extreme, and the technology needed to fix the massive leak does not yet exist, the company has argued in court.Polluter pays? Well, not so much. And it seems the people of Alberta stupidly imagine their fossil energy companies will foot the bill for the quarter 'T'rillion dollars it will take to clean up the Tar Sands tailing ponds and those countless thousands of orphan wells.