The Washington Post on offshore drilling Today is the two-year anniversary of the BP oil spill, and The Washington Post looks at how risky deep-water drilling still is. One needs to look no further than recent headlines to see the dangers: an ongoing natural gas leak in the North Sea, a December oil spill off the coast of Nigeria. How about the U.S.? "The members of the presidential Oil Spill Commission that investigated the BP spill said in a report that they were 'encouraged' by reforms at the Interior Department, which oversees drilling in U.S. waters," reports Steven Mufson. "But they said they are dismayed by the failure of Congress to enact some reforms into law, worried about the prospect of Arctic drilling." Expert fears that whatever regulations are put in place, "incidents are inevitable."
The Guardian on the cost of a dolphin Taking a slightly different approach to BP, The Guardian bring up a curious question circling around the aftermath of the spill: How much does a dolphin cost? Around 700 dead ones are currently soaking in liquid nitrogen, awaiting inspection to determine if oil killed them, while experts who spoke with paper's Suzanne Goldenberg struggle to place a price tag on the dolphins' deaths. But of course, this is, writ small, the ongoing question of BP's liability for the spill's environmental impact: "how much damage was done to the environment as a direct result of the oil spill, and how much the company will have to pay to set things right."