The Gulf Oil Spill And The Lasting Effects
The month of April comes every year and every year April comes also comes the cycle of new life and birth in the animal kingdom. This April Along the coast lines of coastal cities like New Orleans, Mississippi, Mobile, Florida, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Dauphine Island the beaches are usually white. All these white beaches of all these coastal cities with spring in the air usually draws crowds of people from all over the world to fill hotel and motel rooms and local bars and taverns and tourism is in full swing.
The harvesting of shrimp, oyster, crab, lobster and other types of seafood usually begins to get into full swing in the Month of April.
Also as stated in the first paragraph of this article the cycle of life and new birth in the animal kingdom begins like sea gulls, pelicans, turtles, fish, and all ocean creatures.
All this changed on April 22, 2010 as the deepwater water oil rig engulfed in flames slowly started to lean as the fire weakens the metal structure and begins to sink into the ocean.
That day eleven lives was lost and the disaster of the loss of life compiled with millions of gallons of oil leaking into the ocean daily killing fish, sea gulls, pelicans, turtles and other ocean creatures was just the beginning of how many lives this tragedy would touch. Click on the following link http://photos.al.com/mobile-press-register/2010/05/deepwater_horizon_oil_rig_1.html to view a picture taken on April 22, 2010.
Today June 16, 2010 almost two months later many turtles, pelicans, sea gulls and other ocean creatures have died and some have been fortunate to have been saved to live and breed again.
The white beaches and coast lines of Mississippi, New Orleans, Florida, Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, and Dauphine Island have been threatened by the drifting oil that has been driven by winds and currents closer to all coastal cities.
Floating tar balls and oil sheen has already got into nesting areas of sea gulls and pelicans along the coast line this oil sheen and tar balls have also washed up on the coastal beaches of Dauphine Island, New Orleans and Mississippi.
Mobile bay, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Florida shore lines have been spared so far from the floating oil sheen and tar balls but that may not be the case if BP does not come up with some kind of plan to stop the oil that is still leaking daily from the bottom of the ocean where the deep water oil rig sank on April 22, 2010.
The tally of this deep water oil rig tragedy could reach billions of dollars in losses with the families of the eleven employees that lost their lives being settled by law suits. Businesses like hotel and motels, car rentals, boat rentals, ski rentals, charter boats, shrimpers, oystermen, crabbers, lobstermen, novelty shops, sporting goods stores, swim wear or assorted stores that thrive on making money during this transaction from spring to summer.
Many of these type businesses are owned and operated by local residents that live by the coast line. Many of the smaller businesses along the coast line have had to close up shop due to the lack of people visiting local beaches because of the tar balls and oil sheen washing up on the white sandy beaches.
The seafood industry has been hit hard because many parts of costal harvesting area has been closed off because of the oil spill causing those who catch seafood for commercial sale have not been able to make their catch and make a living. This has forced some to dock their boats and ask for income assistance.
About the only thing this oil spill hasn’t affected to the negative yet is the gas prices here in Mobile Alabama. The price for a gallon of gas has dropped to 2.45 a gallon at some local gas stations and may even drop lower.
This oil spill has already been called the worst oil spill disaster ever.