April 20, 2020 marks the 10 year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. The explosion killed 11 and the environmental impact extended beyond 57,000 square miles. The human, environmental and economic suffering in the Gulf Coast States continues to this day.
New Jersey Democrats seem to have forgotten.
Sure, whenever oil drilling is proposed off our Jersey Shore, Jersey Democrats hold press conferences on the beach and rail against big oil. But, to borrow a cliche ala Governor Phil Murphy, actions speak louder than words. New Jersey Democrats are on the verge of nominating a corporate defense attorney who defended Transocean, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon, for a seat in the House of Representatives representing much of the Jersey Shore.
Stephanie Schmid, a candidate for the Democrat nomination for Congress in the 4th New Jersey District, touts herself as a pro-environment, green new deal Democrat now. But just 6 years ago she was bragging about being a defense attorney on the BP oil spill. After denying any responsibility, her client was found guilty of criminal and civil charges and paid a $1.4 billion fine.