One Year Later: Sunrise Gathering in New Orleans

POSTED: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 2:04pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 2:24pm

The Crisis on the Coast started late on April 20, 2010. That's when the blowout preventer on BP's macondo well failed. Rig workers say they heard two loud thumps, then saw flames.

The explosion killed eleven workers, and caused the largest environmental disaster in history. Hundreds of millions of gallons of oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico for 83 days. Its impact on wildlife, marshlands, and entire economies is still being felt today.

This morning a ceremony was held in New Orleans to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the deepwater horizon oil spill. Citizens and faith leaders gathered to remember the loss of life and the environmental impact of the crisis.

It was billed as a "Sunrise Gathering" for restoration and renewal. The event featured a candle-lit moment of silence for the 11 workers killed. It's just one of many ceremonies and vigils scheduled today to remember the workers.

Many on the shoreline are looking at this anniversary as the start of a second year of recovery. Governor Bobby Jindal this morning says BP caused this, so BP is paying to make sure anything we eat that comes from the gulf - is safe.

“One of the things we've required BP to pay for is long-term testing to make sure we know exactly what's going to happen,” Governor Jindal, said. “What we saw with the Alaska spill many years ago is it took years to see some of the long-term effects. So, for example, we're going to look this year to see the quantity of seafood, the quantity of marine life that's out there. We know that they've done over a thousand tests on the seafood. Nothing, not one test, has come back with any concerns for human consumption. But one of the things we've required BP to do on a rolling basis is to pay for ongoing scientific testing."

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