Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Do Not Forget the Gulf of Mexico

The BP oil disaster happened during breeding season for 400 species of migratory birds and spawning season for sea turtles, shrimp, oysters and crabs.

Other species impacted were the brown pelican, the state bird of Louisiana and Kemp's Ridley sea turtles, the most endangered turtle in the world. What was really sad was that the turtles, covered with oil and disabled, were most easily caught up in the booms. Many of the turtles were burned to death when they fired the captured oil.


North American Bluefish tuna were already close to extinction. Whales, dolphins, porpoises, manatees, river otters, minks and thousands of other critters were impacted by BP.

I do not write to bring back bad memories to the folk who lost their livelihoods, but to keep the disaster at the forefront of the minds of environmentalists. We cannot forget the Gulf of Mexico.

Why? Because this disaster was managed without full disclosure to anyone by anybody. We have not seen the full catastrophe of what the oil did to the beaches because we were not allowed to.

Photographers have been run off beaches (for more information, view video):

No one is addressing the huge plume of hydrocarbons remaining in the Gulf

On Good Friday, March 24, 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez was run aground on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Do you know that many of the litigants have died waiting on their settlement.
Litigation continues today.

1 comment:

Mary said...

This post is great. I like your site, it has lots of must read contents. Going back to that specific incidence, it makes me feel sad all along to know that there are lots of those species affected by the oil spill. I just hope that it would not happen again. And one thing more, it's true that as part of the community, we must tend to help by the way we can. Simply protect our nature for that is God's creation.


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