Stop the Drill

If you have yet to hear about the oil spill that occurred in the Gulf Coast you must have been hiding under a boulder these past few weeks.

On April 20th an explosion and fire on a BP drilling rig left 11 workers missing and presumably dead. The oil rig sank two days later about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Experts estimated around 1,000 barrels of oil a day were leaking into the gulf. New estimates have come out suspecting over 5,000 barrels are leaking into ocean daily! Not to mention, “scientists are finding enormous oil plumes in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, including one as large as 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick in spots. The discovery is fresh evidence that the leak from the broken undersea well could be substantially worse than estimates that the government and BP have given.” Thousands of birds currently migrating north and ocean wildlife are threatened due to this horrible mistake. Animals are not the only ones suffering from this catastrophe, gulf coast fishermen and woman are loosing a way of life and their source of income. Local restaurants are having to ship in seafood from over seas which is a burden on their budgets in an already suffering economy. There have been several failed attempts at trying to contain the leak and still, weeks later, nothing significant has been done to cap the leak.

However, there are groups on the ground trying to do all they can to save threatened wildlife and keep an incident like this from happening again! Oceana is working hard to “Stop the Drill.” Sign their petition to help or make a donation…anything will help! The Daily Green offers a really great list for those who want to help by reporting injured wildlife or writing to elected officials.

I think what it all boils down to is the need to move in another direction. We need to really commit to alternative sources of energy to keep things like this from happening again. Especially with the predicted rise in gas prices this summer, we need to find other ways to get around. Ride your bike, carpool if you commute, walk to the store if you’re only getting a bag’s worth. Find an alternative! Life depends on it.