The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill was definitely a catastrophe of large dimensions. However, it is only after seven years that a group of scientists measured the real financial impact of such a disaster to the last dime. The result of this work showed the surprising extent to which the spill of 134 million gallons affected the environment. Thus, a preventive operation would cost billions to be able to deal with another such event.
After Six Years of Work, Scientists Managed to Put a Price Tag on a Preventive Operation for a Second BP Oil Spill
On Thursday, a team of researchers published their study that they worked on for six years. The main subject is the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that happened on April 20, 2010. It took authorities six months to get a successful containment of the flow. However, some people doubt that the solution managed to keep away all the leaks from contaminating the waters. The event managed to draw attention on the responsibilities citizens and authorities have in regard to the use of natural resources. The massive catastrophe sparked many ecological projects to the protection of wetlands, estuaries, and beaches.
One month after the beginning of the oil disaster, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration asked for a study to measure the real impact of the oil spill. The paper approached the subject from a financial point of view. However, the dollar was only a universal quantifiable factor that indicated how much damage did the oil spill cause for the country and the environment.
Each American Household Is Willing to Contribute with an Average $153
Thus, scientists started their quest by conducting a survey created especially for the American household. The main question was the extent to which people aware of the event are willing to go to cover for another preventive operation. This would signal how much they want to avert similar disasters from happening once again. Before asking the questions, scientists served participants real facts about the damages animals, beaches, marine life, and marshland are already suffering because of human activity.
As a consequence, most households were willing to contribute to a national preventive operation with an average of $153. Adding all pieces together, scientists discovered that the country would be ready to donate up to $17.2 billion for the cause. The authors of the study were content to discover that citizens appreciate the value of marine ecosystems and resources. They hope that the political party would take this paper very seriously and act upon the findings.
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