Gulf Oil Spill: The impact on wildlife and the shady practices that led to disaster

The explosion on the oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico took place on April 20. We’re fast-approaching a month for this catastrophe, with oil spewing unabated at 200,000 gallons per day into the water.

This is the disaster environmentalist warned could happen. The people who have been speaking out against off-shore drilling feared just this kind of accident. We expressed concern for the impact on wildlife and wildlife habitat.

Those who defend off-shore drilling had been suggesting the treehuggers were dead wrong and had no idea what they were talking about.  The drilling defenders tossed around terms such as “state-of-the-art” to describe current practices employed by the oil companies and brushed aside the chances for a major spill.

The industry defenders even erroneously claimed no spills occurred during recent hurricane events in the Gulf region. We know from data from the Minerals Management Service that spills did occur. And as a result of this disaster, a major overhaul of the agency that should oversee the industry could take place, as reported Tuesday by the Association Press.

We know now which side was right. But it seems at least some the oil-drilling lemmings are somehow twisting this tragedy into an excuse to drill more. It’s amazing. It’s like warning your teenager about the dangers of driving too fast or under the influence. And after he causes an accident in a speeding stupor, he attempts to twist the crash into a good example of safe driving.

The sad side of all this is we didn’t want to be right. We didn’t want to see the bodies of sea turtles washed up the beaches and more birds covered in oil. It would have been better if we were wrong. But now, it is clear the warnings were undeniably correct. This is THE very tragedy so many feared could happen.

The is THE reason why, over the last four decades, every means available should have directed to developing alternative energy sources. But a few, very strong and powerful entities didn’t want that process to play out. And here we are again.

As far around and up the Atlantic coastline as my home region of North Carolina, there is concern about what could happen to marine wildlife. WECT.com interviewed Jean Beasley of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue Center in Topsail Island, NC – about the facilities preparations for helping turtles in the Gulf and if necessary, in the Atlantic coastal waters, should the currents eventually take the oil slicks this far north.

CNN is reporting BP officials allegedly knew there was a problem developing on the oil rig hours before the explosion killed 11 people and began to spill millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf. Over the course of a few weeks, it appears we’ve seen examples of how mining profits and oil profits can trump the safety of employees and the enviroment.

Okay, I guess that’s enough ranting for one day. I just needed to that off my chest and onto the blog screen.

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