Mission Accomplished? Far From It.


BP and the US government may be rolling out the “Mission Accomplished” banner on the Gulf disaster already, but the impact of 4.9 million barrels of oil dumped into the ocean remains far from clear. In the new issue of Mother Jones, environmental correspondent Julia Whitty takes a look at the new science that indicates that the worst impacts of the disaster may be yet to come.

The piece is part of our Gulf disaster package in the September/October issue, “The BP Cover-up.” You can also find out more about why BP was allowed to dump nearly 2 million gallons of toxic chemicals in the Gulf, and check out our timeline of BP’s damage control.

There are also several great graphics on the spill: a look at the hidden damages, a map showing the 15 biggest oil spills, and a look at the Gulf’s 33,000 miles of oil pipeline and 50,000 wells that could be ticking time bombs for another disaster.

You can find all of our BP coverage here.

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