At the same time, the region has come to rely heavily on the industry, and has not made a significant effort to attract other types of commercial enterprises.
In addition, the local tax structures are heavily dependent on oil revenues rather than on a broad base tax system that fairly distributes the burden among citizens and businesses.
The Unified Command Wildlife Branch relied heavily on the existing stranding network in the Gulf to respond to stranded, distressed, and injured marine mammals, as those organizations already were federally authorized to conduct marine mammal response activities under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
Aerial surveys to assess the extent of oil contamination also provided a platform for opportunistic sightings of injured and dead marine mammals.
Since then, the Commission has been working with scientists and managers across the Gulf to refine and promote recovery and restoration strategies for marine mammals.
We have outlined our priorities for restoration and long-term monitoring, as well as concerns regarding potential impacts of some large-scale restoration projects on marine mammals, in letters (see letters section below) to the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Trustees and the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council.
In September 2009, the rig drilled the deepest oil well in history at a depth of 35,055-feet.
On April 20, 2010 while drilling the rig exploded at PM (CST), killing eleven workers and injuring seventeen others.
Research papers examining the Gulf of Mexico oil spill would also investigate the following: The explosion that led to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill was preceded days earlier by reports of well control issues.
Although preliminary reports following the explosion suggested that no leak was evident, the Coast Guard ultimately established that the rig’s wellhead had been damaged and creating a serious spill.