Let’s not forget the Exxon Valdez oil disaster that caused more than 40 million gallons of crude oil to drain from a wrecked tanker attempting to reach Long Beach in California. In 2007, the Francisco Bay oil spill spilled 58,000 gallons of oil into the bay, covering birds and other wildlife.
Although the US government has declared this a national disaster; pay close attention to major threats to wildlife, fishing and tourism. We really need to treat it as an environmental risk that affects us all. These spills carry toxic material and damage to coastal habitats and an obstacle to marine life.
As stated by the US government, this spill could continue for up to ninety days. If that happens, up to four states could be affected. Florida, with its beaches known for marine life, will see devastation beyond comprehension.
With all these oil spills, we shouldn’t be asking the question, is it necessary to continue with offshore drilling and are there alternatives such as wind and solar technology? The US government needs to begin examining the allocation of funds for this effort. In an effort to extract oil from well below the ocean floor, this is disrupting our marine life and deep sea and also presents a risk of future oil spills. With offshore drilling accounting for at least 30% of the total US oil production, their reliance on it is becoming quite evident. Americans use about 8 billion barrels of oil per year and at least 1,000 barrels are expected to spill into the Gulf of Mexico over the next 40 years. Etobicokewildlife.ca
Canada is following closely to learn from the mismanagement of this disaster. Although Canadian provinces such as Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as Nova Scotia, have already taken steps to prevent these oil spill disasters. With Canada’s polar Arctic, the stakes are very high.
We are all struck by the need for our marine and wild life. We cannot live without them because they contribute to our very existence. If we can start harnessing the powers of wind, solar and alternative energy, we could eliminate the need for offshore drilling that is disrupting our ecosystem.
We must prevent disasters from happening year after year. There are many things each of us can do to help prevent these unnecessary disasters. We can volunteer, write, as well as support and educate ourselves about ways to help the government harness these powers to eliminate offshore drilling.