The news about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill just seems to be getting worse and worse. Even though BP supposedly stemmed off the oil spill a few days ago by putting a mile long tube down the hole that it is coming out of (who knows, that may have proven unsuccessful even as I write this though), there are now millions of gallons of oil in the beautiful ocean. There have been several huge plumes of oil discovered under the surface as well, which means that the oil is probably soaking the sea floor.
This translates into a lot of sea life, including shell fish, fish, the plankton on which fish and other sea creatures feed, and coral reefs that are the treasure of the ocean may be endangered as they are coated in oil. The problem is that these massive plumes of oil that are drifting along the sea floor and are several miles wide are actually destroying the oxygen in the water, which could wipe out any sea life within the space it occupies.
This could mean devastation to the ecosystem, and is bad news for the fish market as well. It has already gotten a lot of local fisherman up in arms about their livelihood, so this is definitely also going to have an economic impact. Since BP has made about 6 billion dollars in profit in just one quarter though, the 500 million dollars the oil spill has cost to clean up is pretty much a drop in the bucket for them.
The finger pointing that happened between BP, Haliburton, and the rig’s owner, Transocean has been pretty much a spectacle as well, even President Obama has said they should be ashamed for engaging in counterproductive finger pointing when such a tragedy has occured that requires the utmost attention from all involved. Of course, what else would you expect when major corporations are fighting for their reputations, or potentially fighting for who’s going to pay for the mess that was created.
The latest on the cause of the oil spill is that a methane gas bubble caused the explosion that started the leak. Only time will tell to what extent the oil spill has damage the flora, fauna, marine life, and coral reefs of the gulf. Let’s hope that mother nature has a plan for cleaning up massive man made screw ups like this.