A Vicious Cycle

Economics Environment

Editor's note: Over four months have passed since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven workers and setting off a chain of destructive events with economic, political, and environmental repurcussions that will reverberate for decades. British Petroleum looks like it'll come out of the disaster with merely a few cuts and bruises. In this illustrative essay, artist Joe Bigley recounts the tragic events, and the resurrection of BP.

All illustrations copyright Joe Bigley.

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August 31, 2010

Illustration