Oil Slick Concerns

>> Tuesday, May 4, 2010

We're very concerned here in Florida with the oil spill that took place in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20th. It is reportedly leaking 42,000 gallons a day. They are having difficulty stopping the flow of oil. Meanwhile, outer bank islands in Louisiana are starting to get the oil.

Here is a NASA satellite picture (Sunday) of the oil spill to give you an idea of its size.  It's the swirly thing I've circled next to the coast of Louisiana.

As I understand it, the oil slick could be caught in the gulf's powerful loop current. The loop current flows north from Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula but then makes a clockwise turn and flows south.
If that happens, then the oil could be carried "toward the Keys and points up the east coast." The Keys are the barrier islands at the very tip of Florida and includes the Everglades.

I can't begin to tell you how fragile the coast line is around the Keys. The birds, butterflies, plant life are breathtaking.

Of course, if they can't get that oil stopped quickly it will pollute all of our gulf coasts.  The beaches here in Sarasota (about two-thirds down the west coast of Florida) are just breathtaking. Beautiful white powdered sand with all manner of birds, flowers and wildlife.

My heart is heavy with the destruction that looks inevitable.


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