Eleven lives were lost in the explosion of the BP rig located off the coast of Louisiana. This disaster will link BP to tragedy forever.
And now the health of the marshlands is being threatened too. The coast of Louisiana is being covered with oil from the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill. Thick oil is mucking up the marshlands.
The Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, states “This wasn’t tar balls. This wasn’t sheen. This is heavy oil in our wetlands, ” reports Reuters. It is tragic that BP was not able to contain the oil spill from polluting the coast line.
Gulf Coast Ecological Disaster
The Gulf Coast is experiencing an ecological disaster. About 30 miles of coastland in Louisiana is now getting covered in oil. The lives of wildlife are imperiled, and the long-term impact of this disaster on the environment is so immense it cannot yet even be calculated.
Coastal areas outside of the immediate spill region will be impacted too. Reuters warns that some oil is in the Loop Current already “which could carry the oil down to the Florida Keys, Cuba, and East Coast.”
Fishing Industry Shut Down
About 45,000 square miles of fisheries are now closed due to the BP oil spill, reports ABC News. This puts many people who work in the fishing industry out of work. The oil spill will have a catastrophic impact on the ability of the workers of the fishing industry to earn revenue. It will also likely create a scarcity of seafood and thus raise the prices of for it throughout America. The Gulf Coast provides a large percentage of all seafood consumed throughout the nation.
Tourism Industry Fears
The tourism industry in the entire Gulf Coast region will be weakened by this oil spill. Even just the thought that the beaches may have traces of oil will keep tourists away in droves. As more pictures of wildlife covered in oil hit the media, more people will be canceling vacations to Louisiana and the entire Gulf Coast region.
Some tourism-linked businesses will fail due to this oil spill. The summer of 2010 will probably be a grim one for anyone that owns a hotel, restaurant, sea food store, or other places frequented by tourists in the Gulf Coast.
BP Threatens Reporters with Arrest
Now BP is continuing to try to downplay the seriousness of the incident. Their estimates of how much oil is leaking are far lower than that of outside analysts. BP is also threatening reporters who try to examine the coastal areas with arrest; the company does not want journalists to have an opportunity to document the destruction to the environment from the oil spill.
CBS News states that its reporters were turned away from examining and filming areas possibly impacted by the oil spill. They were also given threats of arrest by the Coast Guard, apparently on BP’s orders, notes CBS.
What is British Petroleum Trying to Hide?
What is BP trying to hide? Why hasn’t the company shown more gravitas in handling this disaster? Lives were lost, and more lives are being destroyed due to the destruction of the fishing industry.
British Petroleum has a lot of explaining to do. Their negligence cost lives. President Obama should ban them from ever again placing any oil rigs off the coast of America.