Pouring an estimated 1,000 barrels of oil into the Gulf daily, which equates to approximately 42,000 gallons affecting the water, the Deepwater Horizon sunken oil rig is definitely causing a problem. Today, U.S Sen, Bill Nelson discussed the oil spill. He described it as a ‘Wake Up’ call for Floridians especially.
The U.S. Coast Guard has placed the Gulf States on alert stating that Pensacola is at risk from this spill. Sen. Nelson reiterated that this spill is validation of the areas resistance and continued resistance to exploration off the Florida Coast. Nelson said, “We have a clear interest that this oil rig tragedy reminds us of keeping oil production well off our shores.”
On Saturday, April 24, 2010, the US Coast Guard discovered oil leaking from a damaged well feeding a large oil rig that exploded during the previous week. The Deepwater Oil Rig sunk in the gulf. Efforts begun to clean up and decrease the spill were diminished by this past weekend’s storm. The Coast Guard thought they only had to and were working to clear and reduce the surface residual from the explosion. They later discovered that not only were they working with residual oil, oil from the actual well was seeping out in large quantities. This spill is very serious and will result in damage to not only our water and its fish, but also the areas plants and animals. In addition, the areas economy will be significantly impacted.
While the Deepwater Horizon spill is nothing compared to the Exxon Valdez Spill of 1989, it is going to cause harm to an already distressed economy. If you remember, the Exxon Valdez Spill resulted in over 11 million gallons of oil delivered into Alaska’s Prince Williams Sound. The spill was the worst in the nation’s history. Alaska and its surrounding area still feel the effect of the spill.
When an oil spill occurs, not only is the water completely asphyxiated by the oil, but the plant an animal life in the area and within the areas reach is damaged. All sea and wildlife will be affected.
The white sands this area is so popular for will become embedded with oil. Fishing and restaurants dependent on fish for survival will be impacted. Decreased fish will result in the area restaurants eliminating certain fish if not all from the menu. Some might suffer to the point of completely going out of business. Others will rely on fish shipped in with customers experiencing increasing to drastic cost.
Impact on Sport Fishing activities will be obvious. A diminished number of competing anglers will affect sport-fishing activities. Sport fishing trips will be decreased. Fish specie amounts and sizes in sporting activities will be negatively affected. Popular fishing waters will be impacted.
Tourist dollars will be affected by a loss of dollars due to a diminished interest in visiting the area. Pensacola is an area, which thrives on tourism. One of the areas most attractive draw is our beaches. Our white beaches are known and admired worldwide. Pensacola Beach could possibly lose, if not for a lengthy period, possibly forever its glistening white sands. As a result, the loss of revenue to this area will definitely be negatively impacted. Individuals planning their summer vacations around this area and it beaches could plan their vacations to include other areas and beaches.
There would not be any area affected by the spill if the oil were to reach our shores. Hotels, travel, restaurants, shopping, and utilities would all feel the pinch.
On a lighter note, Jobs to clean and improve the environmental jobs will see a positive impact from the catastrophe. The required, increased need to prevent, cleanup and restore the area to its pre-spill appeal would increase jobs in the service areas.
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