Disaster In The Gulf Essay

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Disaster in the Gulf, The Deepwater Horizon oil spill Sharen Dever South University Online Who would have known that on April 20th 2010, the United States would soon be facing the worst environmental disaster? While oil is definitely needed in our world today, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has created a dangerous situation for the sea life as well as the wildlife and shore life in the affected areas. Tourism, jobs, people’s health and the environment in the Gulf regions are taking catastrophic hits. Seventeen people were injured and eleven people died from the accident that day. The damaged oil rig sank into the Gulf of Mexico and the next day and an oil slick appeared in the Gulf. At the time, it was unknown whether the oil was from the rig or if the underwater oil well was leaking. ENVIRONMENTAL The BP Oil Company soon realized the well, which is five thousand feet below the surface, was gushing oil at a rate of thirty-five thousand to sixty thousand barrels a day. Never before has a leak from such depths vented so much oil for so long. (Spotts, 2010) Scientists are studying the effects of oil spills and how the use of the “dispersants” or solvents and their ability to break down oil. Scientists don’t know the “long term affects” of the solvents used. “To the naked eye, “the oil can disappear, but we don’t know the long-term effects on organisms and their populations’ fitness,” says Marshall Adams, a researcher with the environmental sciences division at the Oak Ridge National laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn. (Spotts, 2010) WILDLIFE/SEA LIFE People can change and fix what is being done on the Gulf; however, wildlife cannot. There are many species of animals that live in and out of the water and are in danger from the oil spill. Animals have no idea that they are ingesting oil or how to

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