Continuing Saga of the BP Oil Spill on the Gulf Coast

Pelican Coated with Oil

Ecological Disaster

I said i wasn't going to make another political post on HubPages because of a conflict that presents with a new site that I work for now. It still hasn't started up officially. But, I feel I need to discuss what is happening here on the gulf coast in regard to the BP oil spill.

When it first happened, I expected this spill to be capped within a week, two weeks tops. I knew that the explosion meant problems. But, I never in my wildest dreams thought this rig would still be spewing oil a month later. I think I told someone this isn't on the scale of Hurricane Katrina. It hasn't gotten to that point...yet. But, the ecological problems this oil spill has presented is simply overwhelming. I can't state that nearly enough. The wildlife habitats are in dire straits along the gulf coast. Every effort is being made to minimize the damage. But, with such fragile ecological systems that provide the circle of life to marine animals, in the gulf, it doesn't take much to cause permanent damage. The Louisiana coast is already getting hit by the oil slick. Pelicans, sea turtles and other wildlife are starting to die.We also have dead sea turtles washing up on shore. It will only get worse. Locally, commercial fishermen have been quietly told they need to start thinking about another line of work. That is not an exaggeration. I had two commercial fishermen tell me that over the weekend. One said he felt like killing himself. If not for his wife and three children, he said he probably would end his life. They are all visibly distraught.

So, if fishing is out for the foreseeable future in the gulf, what does this tell us? Does it say that we have a "dead zone" in the gulf for God knows how many years? I don't know. I don't think anybody really knows what is going to happen to the gulf. That is what's so disturbing. So many businesses are dependent on the fishing industry. It will be a domino effect. If the fishing is irreparably harmed, how much longer can the restaurants, the boating industry, etc., hang on? I'm really disgusted about the whole thing right now.

The time for blaming and pointing fingers is over. The "I told you so " fringe element of the eco-fascists is having a field day right now. They don't really give a rat's ass that people suffer. They just want to be right. I don't even care what they think. They are hypocritical because they use the very substance each day that they protest against. Their opinion doesn't matter now. What matters is stopping this oil spill and preserving what livelihood is left for people who depend upon the gulf for a living. This is not a Republican or Democrat problem. It is not a political problem in the sense that politics is now irreverent to this problem. What matters is capping this oil spill. I'm not confident now that BP can do it. The federal government damn sure can't do it. But, there has to be professionals in the world somewhere who can stop this.

People want to put this as Obama's Katrina. None of that matters. My point, in this entire rambling hub, is that political differences, agendas, conflicts or whatever, need to be set aside. This problem is escalating each day. It will take the concerted effort of people who truly care enough, people of good will, people who want to work together for a solution to this problem. If we don't pull together on this, then it is entirely possible the gulf can be written off for at least a decade.

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Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

environment, this is heartbreaking. The disaster itself is bad enough. What it is doing to the people who depend on the gulf for their living is more than mere words can convey.


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environment911 6 years ago

This disaster is heartbreaking. Great article, this really is not the time for politics as usual.


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Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

Then someone needs to get this information to MMS right away. They are being blasted for not having the fire booms ready to do this very thing.


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

"Fire booms that would have contained within a 100 mile radius"

Physically impossible.


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Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

nicomp,

Of course, there is always risk involved with any type of technology. That wasn't my point, however. The mistakes of BP and the U.S. government is what I meant by this must never happen again. Blowout valves that were not checked, government agencies overlooking BP safety violations is something that must NEVER take place again. Fire booms that would have contained within a 100 mile radius (despite denials by the Obama cult, this could have been done), must always be available in the future. These kind of mistakes can be stopped.


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

"We have to make sure this never happens again."

We can't. With progress comes risk. We can't prevent every auto accident, every drug overdose, or every oil spill. Visit a marina. Observe the ubiquitous oil and anti-freeze sheens.

We can't swaddle the Earth in bubble wrap.


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Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

Trinity, I think many Americans are in grief over what is happening here along the gulf. There is no reason to be casting blame right now. Right now, the important thing is to stop the flow of oil. We have to make sure this never happens again.


Trinity 6 years ago

Thank you Writer David for your post. I appreciate what you have to say, it is comforting, because I am bleeding grief and tears over the devastation to all of the beautiful creation. I am not blaming anyone. We have no idea how much this will impact our Nation. I am praying continuously for BP.


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Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

mixed, I am afraid the problems out in the gulf will be with us for many, many years. The devastation is beyond my ability to cope with right now. It's all the dying turtles, herons and pelicans and other wildlife that is so disheartening. Thanks for coming by.


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mixedthoughts 6 years ago

I so agree with you Writer. Who care who's fault, who is right. There is a problem and if nothing done the WHOLE world will suffer. I am truely scared for what will become of the ecological effects that this will have on us as a human race. Not to mention the monetary effects it will have on lively hoods.


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Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

austinguy, there is a lot of blame to parse on this disaster which includes the federal government and BP. Right now, the main thing is to stop the oil gushing in the gulf. It appears, right now, that this has been accomplished. Once this is finalized, then it will be time to start investigations.


Austinguy 6 years ago

The feds blew it by not recognizing the scope of the problem days after this happened. They should have been all over this during the first week.


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Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

LRC, thanks for that comment. I realize you have your thoughts about accountability there. But, I'm glad to see a mature response from the "other side" of the political arena.

land, your comment is exactly what I was talking about. Gloating and parsing out blame at a critical time. I am not going to go into the politics of offshore drilling. I would have hoped you would have been able to restrain yourself. Now is NOT a time for politics BS as was in your comment.


landthatilove 6 years ago

We are all to blame! That is if you drive a car on a paved road or plastic has any place in your every day life to mention the tip of the iceberg as for petroleum products. Blame blame blame, all it does is make someone feel better but does not solve the true underlying problem. What the hell are we ALL going to do about this in our future? Funny the "drill baby drill" mantra group had been deathly quiet. I wonder what that dingbat Palin has to squak about this one? And she should know better as Exon Valdez was in her own back yard. Obama is dealing with this in a very responsible and level headed way. This is extremely emotional and volatile and we need a leader with a cool head who will do his best to help us. First we need to help the wildlife and the people directly suffering from this. They are the ones entitled to express themselves emotionally. we need to band together as a nation to help them all we can.


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LRCBlogger 6 years ago

Plug it, stop it, then lay down the blame hard. There has to be accountability but before we come down on those responsible, let's fix it first.


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Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

Sheri, as much as I dislike Obama and the job he is doing as president, now is not the time to go after him. I know I have done so in recent hubs. But, I realize now that we need to leave politics aside for the time being. This is a disaster of proportions that is going to make Katrina appear as a nice little spring shower in relation to what it means to this nation.

outdoorsguy, you can pretty much forget ever going kayaking, diving or fishing along the gulf. This thing is far, far worse than what I thought. Fishing as a living is most likely over.


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outdoorsguy 6 years ago from Tenn

what worries after the enviromental side is this. will our Gov reacting to Emotional outcries do more damage to our nation with laws that are based on emotion rather than reason.

that aside.. I used to Kayak, dive and fish in those areas, I cant even begin to picture what its like now.


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SheriSapp 6 years ago from West Virginia

I can't pretend to imagine the devastation that is sure to grow because of this disaster. However, I do agree with you about needing to get politics out of the way. I don't care about who the prez is, something must be done to stop this oil. I do not understand why it took so long for the feds to get on scene and DO anything. I hope this leak is plugged before the damage is irreparable.


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Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

manthy, the wetlands is a very big worry right now. That area is so damn fragile. It could take decades for it to recover. I refuse to accept it could be permanent. BP has got a lot to answer to when this is over.


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manthy 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

I know exactly how you feel it is a shame that it has not even been capped and it like BP isn't doing much and I don't even think that they will get much of a fine from this, I just pray that the wetlands don't get destroyed permanently


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Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

Sheila, fishermen were asking the government for fire booms to be located on the gulf coast as recently as last summer. Their reply was that FEMA would look into it. Right. It basically is going to be a fight over months and years to save the marine and wildlife along the gulf. Today, in the newspaper, there was a picture of a young heron slowly dying from being covered in oil. It summarizes quite well what is going on now.


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sheila b. 6 years ago

There are two issues, capping the well to stop the spill, and keeping the oil from hitting the coast. I can't help but wonder if the government should have asked the fishermen for their help in keeping the oil back. I'll bet the fishermen all have good ideas about what should have been done, and even about what there's still time to do.


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Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

Typical politicians, they will try to gain some kind of political points on this disaster. I mean that toward both parties. Today, in my newspaper, the impact of this disaster hit home even more. There was a picture of a young heron dying...he was just coated with oil. They cannot save all of them. This is just disgusting. You have to live here to see the true impact.


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outdoorsguy 6 years ago from Tenn

Hear hear... Fix it now.. scream and call names later.

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