by J. D. Heyes, Natural News:
A group of scientists and experts requested by Congress to assess the total damage caused by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010 have said the government’s current methods of putting a price tag on the most sweeping eco-disaster in a generation are inadequate.
Further, the panel of 16 experts said in a report for the National Research Council, the government’s bid to provide a full accounting of the accidental spill did not come close to capturing the full extent of environmental and economic losses suffered in coastal fishing regions, marine life and the deep sea.
In their study, the experts called for a major overhaul of the methods the government utilizes to put a price on environmental damage and losses, especially following a disaster on the scale of the BP spill.
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