10 Reasons Why The Future Of The Gulf Of Mexico Is Being Destroyed By The BP Oil Spill

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 Posted by Shattered Paradigm

As the Gulf of Mexico oil spill crisis enters a third month with no end in sight, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the future of the Gulf is rapidly being destroyed.  Sadly that is not an overstatement.  Indeed, it would be incredibly difficult to understate the environmental and economic devastation that is being caused by the BP oil spill.  And unfortunately, the negative effects of this crisis are going to linger long after the oil has stopped flowing.  It is going to take years (if not decades) for all the oil to be cleaned up, for businesses to recover, for wildlife populations to repopulate and for people to decide that it is viable to live along the Gulf coast once again.  What we are witnessing is the slow-motion death of an entire region of the United States, and each day that the "oil volcano" on the bottom of the Gulf continues to gush the worse things get.  For many of those living along the Gulf coast, this is literally the end of the world as they know it.

The following are 10 reasons why the future of the Gulf of Mexico is completely being destroyed by the BP oil spill.....

#1) Apparently BP discovered one of the biggest oil deposits in the world.  CBS News is reporting that there could be as much as 1 billion barrels of oil under BP's damaged well and that it could keep flowing for more than a decade.  Right now BP is admitting that oil is escaping the leak at such high pressure that they simply do not have the technology to control it.  They are hopeful that drilling a relief well will solve the problem, but that is no guarantee either.

#2) Some scientists are now warning that the gigantic quantities of methane that have escaped into the Gulf of Mexico from the oil leak could potentially create "dead zones" where oxygen is so depleted that literally nothing lives.  If this oil leak goes on long enough, could the entire Gulf of Mexico become one gigantic dead zone?

#3) Unprecedented numbers of sharks, dolphins, turtles and fish are showing up just off the Gulf coast in an attempt to escape certain death.  Right now they are trapped between the approaching oil and the shore, but once the oil reaches shore there will be nowhere else for them to go. The tragedy and the loss of life will be unimaginable.

#4) Many birds are able to fly away from the oil in the Gulf, and already it is being reported that birds are flocking north by the thousands.  These birds are escaping death, but migratory patterns and delicate ecosystems could be disrupted for years to come.  Once these birds have abandoned the Gulf coast will they ever come back? 

#5) If "70% or 80%" of the protective booms are doing absolutely nothing to stop the oil, then what is going to stop the millions of gallons of oil in the Gulf from eventually reaching shore?  Once those pristine beaches are covered with millions of gallons of oil, will they ever be the same?  The answers to those questions are fairly obvious.  Tourism along the Gulf coast will never, ever be the same again during our lifetimes.

#6) Not only that, but the seafood industry in the Gulf of Mexico is literally being wiped out.  Some local shrimpers in Louisiana are already predicting that it will be seven years before they can set to sea again, but honestly that may be overly optimistic.

#7) Some environmentalists are warning that North America could be facing years of toxic rain because of the incredibly poisonous chemical dispersants BP is using to control the oil spill.  The truth is that the chemical dispersants that BP is using in the Gulf are far more toxic than the oil. In fact, because it is so extremely toxic, the UK's Marine Management Organization has completely banned Corexit 9500, so if there was a major oil spill in the North Sea, BP would not be able to use it.  But BP sees no problem with dumping over a million gallons of very deadly dispersants into the Gulf of Mexico.

#8) At some testing stations in the Gulf of Mexico, levels of benzene have been detected at over 3000 parts per billion, and levels of hydrogen sulfide have been detected at levels as high as 1192 parts per billion. Considering the fact that both of these gases are incredibly toxic, and considering the fact that exposure to benzene is known to cause leukemia, could we be looking at a health crisis of unprecedented proportions?

#9) Experts have now discovered a massive gas bubble which is estimated to be 15 to 20 miles across and "tens of feet high" under the floor of the Gulf of Mexico.  If that massive gas bubble was to suddenly burst, what in the world would that do?  Perhaps that is a question that we do not want an answer to.

#10) Already, fissures and cracks are appearing on the ocean floor around the damaged wellhead.  If oil starts leaking from numerous locations in the same area (as some claim is already happening) then how is BP going to be able to contain it?

Meanwhile, as oil continued to gush violently into the Gulf of Mexico, Barack Obama hit the golf course on Saturday with Joe Biden.

It is good to see that they are staying right on top of things.

The truth is that this is not just another crisis.

The future of the Gulf of Mexico is literally at stake.

Hopefully someone out there will figure out a way to stop this oil from flowing into the Gulf, because if not the consequences will be beyond what any of us can even imagine.