After burning for nearly an entire week, the Sanchi oil tanker has finally plunged to the bottom of the East China Sea. A large, toxic oil slick now threatens the region, with models suggesting it won’t reach land for another three months.
This past Saturday, a tanker transporting oil from Iran to South Korea collided with a freighter about 160 miles off the coast of Shanghai. The tanker, filled with 130 tons of highly volatile condensate crude, has been burning for the past three days, raising fears of an environmental catastrophe.
The Gulf of Mexico will soon be open for the taking. Secretary Ryan Zinke announced on Tuesday that the Interior Department is proposing the largest oil and gas lease sale in U.S. history. In March 2018, nearly 77 million acres of federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico will go up for lease—an area that includes all…