Posted By RichC on June 22, 2010
The BP Oil Disaster is bound to be the story to remember 2010 by as historians archive this year. Like most Americans who’ve travelled and enjoy the gulf coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, I’m disgusted and saddened by the damage that is being done to the economy, coastline and ecosystem. As we pass the 2 month mark, few can defend the response from BP and our own government when it comes to stopping the gushing leak, preventing the oil from reaching the shore and making a coordinated effort in clean up the mess. All we see and hear from the Obama administration is the pointing of fingers, a BP tongue lashing and focus on extracting dollars. I don’t question that blame for the explosion and spill is squarely on BP, but our country’s policy of demanding more domestic oil and approving mile deep offshore sites when there are far safer locations, leaves much to be desired. It is hard to believe that the well is still spewing oil and that it continues to spread.
Alabama site AL.com posted an interesting video off Fort Morgan Alabama, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, which highlights differing fish behaviors as well as the difference between the tarballs being talked about and the sticking stringy orangeish oil mess that is coating wildlife and killing shellfish. I’ll include the video below.
Also, it was good to hear that the hugely popular entertainer and concert performer (and singer, songwriter & author) Jimmy Buffett is performing a free concert on the beach in Gulf Shores Alabama on July 1st. I’m sure the free tickets will go fast and hope the crowd responses with an outpouring of help for those economically impacted by the spill. Way to go JB, I’m proud to have purchase your albums, attended my share of concerts and been a fan for more years than I care to count (FYI, I go back to “Before the Salt” … mid-70s believe it or not!)
|Submerged oil at Bon Secour shoreline|