When I first heard that the oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, had exploded, my heart went out to the families of the workers that could not be found. Many sad stories had been running in the news and this added to them. Being that my Daddy passed away in May 2008, it is always the spring and summer that seems to be the more depressing time of year, and bad news does not help with the depression.
My hope was that at least the families could cope and the well would be fixed. However, as it approached the anniversary of my Daddy’s passing, no good news had been reported. Instead, the news got worse about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
My Daddy’s hobby was fishing, so I knew of many people who liked to go fishing. One of his friends had a business where he took people on fishing tours. He would teach the people how to fish using the catch and release method. I wondered how this would affect him, but I never talked to him.
I knew that BP’s oil spill would not affect me directly because I do not eat seafood, nor do I work on the water or with oil.
However, being that I live in the Gulf Region, I did see effects when it came to seafood. Many restaurants were no longer certain if they would be able to sell seafood. I wondered about the fate of the few restaurants that specialized in seafood. However, I did not see them close.
I was surprised to see that the restaurants were open. However, there was one restaurant that my sister wanted to try called Sha Sha’s. We all got pulled pork sandwiches and fries there, but they did have a note on the menu saying that $1.00 would be added to the price of any shrimp or crab dish. This was because the seafood cost was rising and they could no longer afford the food while keeping the price lower.
We met a man in our neighborhood that mowed lawns. He claimed that he also had a job working offshore. My sister tried to ask him if he was concerned about his job, but he did not seem to understand what she was asking. We could never get him to answer any of our question coherently.
My sister and I would talk about all the different things that should be used to clean the oil from the Gulf of Mexico. We didn’t have any ideas about how to cap the well. BP claims that the well has been capped and is not leaking. They also claim that most of the oil is gone.
However, many others believe that the oil is not gone, but hard to detect under the water. This makes me concerned. The oil needs to be cleaned from the gulf.
I’ve heard that alpaca farmers have been sending what are essentially big pillows stuffed with alpaca fur because it is extremely absorbent. It seems that this needs to continue as well as using two other technologies, Biomatrix and MPU Oil Sorbent from Mobius Technologies. The last claims they have enough to absorb all the oil that leaked into the gulf, so I wonder why somebody does not buy all the Oil Sorbent and use it. I also wonder why nobody buys Biomatrix to help clean the oil.
While there are more stories that seem promising about the oil well from Deepwater Horizon being capped and the oil leak being stopped, I still have concerns. After all, it is not the first time that BP has promised good news. The leaders have not proved to be trustworthy.
I am still concerned that the well will start to leak again and the leak will continue until December or more.
While my life is not directly affected, it does affect people and businesses where I live. I continue to hope for the best but watch for the worst.
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