by Elizah Leigh
Categories: Animals.
Photo: twilightearth.com

It’s challenging to shine a positive light on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill that continues to taint the ocean, creating a “7,000+ square mile wildlife dead zone” that scientists fear is in the process of devastating marine life and compromising delicate deep-sea coral reefs.

Triggered by a blown-out undersea well, an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil has been pouring into the ocean for the past 28 days and while BP has managed to contain some of the flow via the installation of a 4 inch diameter tube, things are looking pretty grim for the environment.

Ditto for all the workers hired to remedy BP’s royal mess. There are quite a few health issues that fishermen on the scene are contending with despite BP insisting that there is no threat to their personal well being.

The Environmental Protection Agency says that airborne levels of benzene and hydrogen sulfide (presumably from the application of massive amounts of chemical dispersants) have far exceeded what is deemed safe for humans, resulting in regular reports of chronic coughing, burning eyes, nausea, splitting headaches, sore throats and other health complaints.

Is this a case of history repeating itself? A quick look back at what occurred during 1989’s Exxon Valdez spill and recent smaller clean up incidents reveals some interesting and troubling similarities:

Who is looking out for the people putting themselves directly within harm’s way — the same individuals who are making amends on behalf of BP?

Massive oil companies have demonstrated throughout the decades — whether during oil spills or exploratory missions in search of new product that will ensure their continued wealth – that they seem to be in it for themselves, no matter what casualties they leave in their wake, animal, human or environmental.

Is this enough evidence that our addiction needs to be broken cold turkey?

Via Huffington Post

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  • georgina0912

    well of course they are going to say that, they want money, they are in the business for profit, so what did anyone expect them to say? That the oil spill will not kill any marine life or affect human life? No. They will say whatever their PR people tells them to say to clean their image.

    One thing though, there is a BP gas station where i live and every time i drive by the place is empty…

  • http://google C King

    By continuing to depend on oil we are commiting ecocide