Officials commemorate 4th anniversary of Gulf oil spill

skennedy@bradenton.comApril 17, 2014 

ST. PETERSBURG -- A group of local officials, environmentalists and scientists Thursday commemorated the fourth anniversary of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

Some called for more study of how the Gulf's complex ecology works, others suggested a shift from harmful fossil fuels to cleaner sources of energy, and yet others called for holding government responsible for its failure to protect coastal residents.

"We should have been protected from this on the front end," said state Rep. Dwight Dudley, D-St. Petersburg.

Four years ago this week, the massive oil spill began with a fire and explosion in the Gulf off the coast of Louisiana.

Bradenton Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service