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The long-term ecological impacts of the BP oil spill disaster may have recently come to light after scientists and fishermen have discovered fish and crustaceans with skin lesions or other abnormalities. The US Food Drug Administration insists that seafood from the Gulf of Mexico is safe to eat regardless of what abnormalities have been found in species so far. BP also maintains that seafood from the Gulf is as safe to eat as before the oil spill. The US government led by Barack Obama is continuing to move forward with offshore drilling plans for oil and natural gas, including in the Arctic Ocean, bringing to question whether lessons have truly been learnt from the world’s largest oil spill disaster in history. Read the rest of this entry »