I remember the oil spill of the Exxon Valdez in 1989. Its devastation was well chronicled in print and pictures as approximately 257,000 barrels of oil spilled into Alaska’s Prince William Sound. It remained the largest oil spill in US history until recently, when it was surpassed by the oil spilled from Deepwater Horizon. BP Oil’s Deepwater Horizon platform exploded on April 20, 2010. There are ranging estimates of 450,000 to 750,000 barrels of oil spilled to date.
The Game of Blame
While the Exxon Valdez spill was in a remote location, it had profound effects on the environment. The location of the spill made clean-up efforts difficult, but the ability to stop the oil from spilling was successful. The devastation of Deepwater Horizon is just now being seen and the biggest problem so far is the spill hasn’t been stopped. There have been various attempts at capping the spill, but none have been completely successful. There is plenty of blame to go around and there has been plenty of finger-pointing. Sadly though, none of this has stopped the spill. BP has blamed the rig manufacturer, the rig manufacturer has blamed BP, and it seems as if everyone has weighed in on the US government’s response.
Economic and Environmental Disaster
The effected states so far have been Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi. We all see the heart-wrenching images of animals in distress and some of the pristine beaches being covered in tar balls and oil. An oil spill affects all of us, no matter where we live. The economic factors can include lost livelihoods for seafood providers and lost tourism dollars from beach closures and vacation cancellations. The environmental factors are disastrous and oftentimes deadly for our wildlife and ecosystem. The impact of an environmental disaster of this scale is far-reaching.
Reality versus Rumor
This is the height of vacation season. Many travel to the coastal areas of the effected states each year. It is important to separate fact from fiction and reality from rumor when it comes to what is actually occurring at your destination location. Each state has a dedicated hotline and web site to give the latest information about different areas affected by the oil spill. Here are the web sites for the various states affected by the spill:
Visit any of these web sites to find the most up-to-date information concerning the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Where you can, volunteer your time to help with clean up efforts. This oil spill impacts us all and will for years to come. Be concerned, stay knowledgeable with the latest information, and do what you can to help.
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