40 days ago an explosion on the oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, located in the Gulf of Mexico, left 17 injured and 11 men missing and presumed dead. Since then oil has been spewing 5,000 feet below the ocean’s surface. Depending on whom you ask this two foot pipe is flooding the gulf with anywhere from 500,000 to 2.5 million gallons of crude oil every day… for 40 days…
A spill of this magnitude is unprecedented. Most folks can’t wrap their head around it, so they aren’t even trying. Even most of those who have tried have given up.
To be honest I was one of them. Until I went to If It Was My Home and realized that if you took this spill that seemed so insignificant off in the Gulf of Mexico and plopped it in the middle of my hometown it would swallow up most of the southern part of my state and part of a neighboring country.
I became enraged. I wanted to understand everything that we were doing to make it stop, to clean it up, to save the gulf.
And then I got confused… wait, exactly how much oil? Ok no one seems to know… And we’re going to stop it how? Oh, no one knows that either…. These men who died, is anyone taking care of their families? And what about the animals??
There seems to be a whole lot more questions than answers. And each day that this continues there is a whole lot more destruction.
What has you scratching your head about the spill and what have you learned that has helped you wrap your head around it? Please share and let’s try and learn something so we can fix this.