June 28th, 2010
11:06 AM ET

70 days later, seeking answers to Gulf oil crisis

Richard Galant
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It is Day 70 of the Gulf oil crisis. Millions of words and thousands of hours of video have been devoted to the explosion at BP's Deepwater Horizon rig and the gushing of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

And yet the organizers of a conference in Washington on Monday think that there's actually a shortage of information about the disaster. The two technology entrepreneurs behind the conference, TEDx OilSpill, said they are hoping the event will start to fix that problem.

"There's sort of this void right now with information coming out of the Gulf," Nate Mook said. "Something catastrophic has happened. Most people don't understand the underlying issues that led to this happening. They're really not aware of all of the complexities behind their getting into their car and driving. ... It's brought to the forefront a lot of things that have been on the sidelines for a long time - with our oceans, with how important the marine ecosystem is, with where we are getting our energy, what are we putting at risk, and ... new technologies being developed."

To answer those questions, an array of speakers, from ocean explorer Sylvia Earle to energy expert Amory Lovins to "Leroy Stick," the anonymous creator of the fake BP Twitter (@BPGlobalPR) account with more than 179,000 followers, will speak onstage at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington from 9 a.m. to about 7 p.m. The event will be streamed at: http://tedxoilspill.com/live/ And people will gather to watch the stream or discuss the issues in 125 meetups around the nation and world.

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  1. Darlene V. Whitney

    I am a student, studying to be a nurse. I do not get to see much of the news all of the time. Maybe you have answered this, and maybe you haven't? But my question is, what is this dispersant doing to our ocean & marine life, and why are they using this in the first place!! Second, one reporter reported one time about how BP would be able to write all this money that they are spending on this disaster & clean-up off on their taxes, and that we as US taxpayers would still end up paying for this catastrophe. /They said Congress or the Senate was looking into this to change the tax laws to prevent this from happening???? Is this true? What do you know about this? What is happening on this? Are we ultimately going to have to eventually pay for all of this while BP just writes this all off on their taxes???? I want to know more about this and about that dispersant that they are spewing into the ocean!!! How is that effecting the ocean and the sea life that live in the ocean?

    June 29, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
  2. Annie Kate

    Hopefully, if any preventative measures come out of this conference to help this type of disaster from recurring, that people and the government will be more inclined to accept those measures even though they will probably cost money – having seen what a spill can cost preventative measures should be seen as a cost saver and a smart thing to do to preserve our planet and our oceans.

    June 28, 2010 at 7:48 pm |

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