May 2, 2010


    It may be time to stop referring to the Deepwater Horizon rig accident in the Gulf of Mexico as an oil spill. A spill sounds like something temporary, a glass of milk overturned, which empties and then can be cleaned up. But what is unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico, not far from the sensitive shorelines of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida, isn't a spill. It's an unchecked gush of crude oil from beneath the bottom of the ocean into the water — and no one can say for sure when it will finally stop.
    42,000 gallons of oil a day are leaking into the Gulf of Mexico from the blown-out well where the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil drilling rig exploded and sank last week. The oil slick could become the nation's worst environmental disaster in decades, threatening to eclipse even the worst oil spill in U.S. history, the Exxon Valdez, the grounded tanker that leaked 11 million gallons in Alaska's Prince William Sound in 1989.

    Fast Facts About Coastal Louisiana

    • More than 400 species of fish, birds and wildlife are in harm's way of the spill.
    • The timing of the spill is particularly bad for the spawning and nesting of many species, including bluefin tuna, sea turtles, brown pelicans, and Wilson's plover.
    • 90 percent of all the marine species in the Gulf depend on coastal estuaries at some point in their lives.
    • The Gulf region accounts for about one-fifth of total U.S. commercial seafood production and nearly three-quarters of the nation's shrimp output.
    • Louisiana produces 50 percent of the U.S. shrimp crop, 35 percent of the nation's blue claw crabs, and 40 percent of its oysters.
    Click HERE to read more about the devastation that this oil spill is causing. This is a horrific environmental disaster that we cannot turn our backs on. The birds, dolphins, and turtles need us. PLEASE CLICK HERE to find out how you can help! Click HERE for a link to the International Bird Rescue!! 

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