Oil: spills and thrills

An explosion at the drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico stunned the world.

According to various estimates, six to fifteen million liters of oil oozed into the water each day for three-and-a-half months.

What price is humankind ready to pay for the world’s most widely-used fossil fuel? Is it possible to prevent such disasters in the future? Can the aftermaths of such oil spills be dealt with quickly and effectively?