Composer Ken Walicki

Black Water

For clarinet, piano and computer. Duration: 10:00


Inspired by the 2010 BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The water was black and shiny. It was obvious nothing could live there. The oil spill released about 4.9 million barrels, or 185 million gallons of crude oil. It was estimated that 53,000 barrels per day were escaping from the well just before it was capped. The spill has caused extensive damage to marine and wildlife habitats as well as the Gulf’s fishing and tourism industries. Skimmer ships, floating containment booms, anchored barriers, sand-filled barricades along shorelines, and dispersants were used in an attempt to protect hundreds of miles of beaches, wetlands, and estuaries from the spreading oil. Scientists have also reported immense underwater plumes of dissolved oil not visible at the surface.

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