The huge oil slick now hitting the coastline of Louisiana is a result of the destruction of a deepwater oil rig called Deepwater Horizon due to an explosion. This rig is located about 41 miles from the coast of Louisiana. The explosion killed 11 workers on the rig.
The families of the workers who are presumed killed from the blast and some who survived too have filed lawsuits. The economic cost of this explosion will be huge.
Was the explosion just a horrible accident or could terrorism or industrial violence be involved? The oil industry has always been full of intrigue. This incident is just another example of an oil industry out of control.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency. The ecosystem of Louisiana is in peril due to the oil spill. He has also requested assistance from the National Guard. Many volunteers will also probably be needed as the oil starts to threaten the safety of wildlife.
Nola.com also reports that Gov. Jindal has also “requested the activation of all appropriate federal disaster declaration clauses that would enable the SBA (Small Business Administration) to assist the small businesses in the state that will be impacted by the oil spill.”
President Obama Halts Future Plans for Offshore Drilling
President Obama has halted all plans for additional off shore oil drilling projects due to this disaster. It is clear now that off shore oil drilling in additional locations may seriously imperil the health of the coastline in those areas.
5,000 Barrels of Oil Leaking into Water Daily
This Gulf Coast region is teeming with wildlife. The oil slick may have a long term impact of the ability of wildlife to survive here. About 5,000 barrels of oil are being released into the water per day.
BP is trying to fix the blowout generator, which should have stopped the leak of oil. The company is also trying to place structures to contain the leaking oil.
Louisiana Struggles On
There are still signs along the coastline of the destruction from Hurricane Katrina. This oil slick once again threatens the coast. Efforts to clean up the oil spill will be hindered by the stormy weather expected in Louisiana this weekend.
The delicate ecosystem of the coastline and marsh areas of this state is under high risk of contamination with oil. This is tragic.
Fishing & Shrimping Industries in Louisiana in Peril
Louisiana typically has revenues of $3 billion from the fishing industry. The Mississippi Gulf region produces a third of all seafood eaten in American, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Lawsuits Filed Against PB PLC, Cameron, Transocean and Halliburton
Shrimping season in Louisiana was supposed to start in May. The state of Louisiana opened the season early due to the oil spill. Also, this time of the year is a time of migration for young shrimp.
Thus, shrimpers have initiated a lawsuit against PB PLC due to expected loss of revenue during shrimping season. Action has also been taken against Transocean, Cameron, and Halliburton.
The members of the fishing industry are involved in the lawsuits too. The oil spill is expected to decimate profits from the fishing season this year.
The Los Angeles Times reports that “Robert F. Kennedy, Jr, president of the Waterkeeper Alliance, announced that the group has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of commercial fisherman in Louisiana.”
Walk More, Drive Less
Let’s all try to walk more and use our cars less. The less dependent our country is on oil the better.