Today, it will become apparent that the Gulf oil spill is an historic environmental disaster

Condolences to the family and friends of the 11 men killed in the explosion.

The resultant oil spill is an ecological disaster that may already be as large as the Exxon Valdez spill, and could end up being both far, far larger and more devastating. It’s an historic tragedy.

OIL AND WATER: The rapidly growing Gulf of Mexico oil spill has begun washing ashore in Louisiana, and as the disaster increasingly threatens wildlife and livelihoods along the Gulf Coast, scientists are warning it may get much worse. “I am frightened for the country, for the environment,” one NOAA official tells the AP. “This is a very, very big thing, and the efforts that are going to be required to do anything about it, especially if it continues on, are just mind-boggling.” An oily stench is being reported in New Orleans as winds blow Gulf air inland, and the arrival of thunderstorms from the west this weekend could speed up the oil slick’s approach toward land. President Obama has declared it “a spill of national significance,” and says no new offshore drilling will occur until authorities understand what caused an oil-rig explosion on April 20, which began the whole mess . .

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COAST UNCLEAR: As the floating sludge enters the mouth of the Mississippi River, it’s directly threatening nesting pelicans and other seabirds, which can lose their natural insulation as their feathers clump, and also tend to swallow the oil as they preen, a futile attempt to clean themselves up. Mink, river otters, oysters and sea turtles are also likely to be affected, and Gulf Coast shrimpers are suing the sunken oil rig’s owners and operators, accusing them of negligence that has already cost them income as the oil spill ruins the start of shrimp season. Shrimp stocks are just beginning to make their annual migration from costal estuaries out to sea — “so they’re moving directly into the path of the spill,” says a spokeswoman for the Southern Shrimp Alliance. More than 200,000 feet of boom have been laid down to protect sandy beaches along the Gulf Coast, but experts say marshlands and bayous present a greater challenge in the effort to save wildlife from the encroaching oil . .

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3 thoughts Today, it will become apparent that the Gulf oil spill is an historic environmental disaster

  1. avatar Eliza Crespi says:

    I hope that they find and stop the leak & contain the spill. I don’t want to think about how high gas will go in a few months.

  2. avatar Taylor Lewis says:

    the oil spill in Mexico would surely be one of the greatest environmental disasters for this year.’`”

  3. avatar Dino Faeth says:

    Easily, the problem of the Florida oil pollution is certainly a majour problem. Your article is worthwhile contribution to this bloody oil desaster. One has to look at it in depth. Although I do not agree with some minor points in general Im fully on your way. I am looking forward to approaching development, which eventually brings a solution and slows down the oil desaster.

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