image via Jordan Times
Around the same time that oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico, we had our own, less publicized oil spill in the Red Sea. Bordering Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, the Red Sea is home to a delicate ecosystem that consists of a coral reef and numerous marine species. The Egyptian government initially failed to report the spill when it first occurred, and then failed to give proper disclosure to the potential environmental costs. At the end of the saga, it was still unclear whether clean up occurred beyond Hurghada, a resort town popular among tourists.