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Thousands of oil spills are devastating the Gulf Coast — and no one seems to care

  • The Gulf Coast is being devastated, and there’s no end in sight for the massive problem.
  • That’s the takeaway from a new investigative report released Friday by Wired.
  • The report sheds light on the tens of thousands of oil spills each year that oil companies under-report and misrepresent as smaller than they actually are.
  • The Wired report highlights Taylor Energy, which owns more than two dozen undersea oil wells damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
  • Those wells, Wired reports, have been slowly leaking for the past 12 years — and they may keep leaking for the next century. Read more

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A mother Bryde’s whale and her calf feed on anchovies in the Gulf of Thailand, off the coast of Samut Sakhon province

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