Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Oil Spill

Humpty Dumpty
Sat in a boat
While oil slicks
Remained afloat

For many months
The oil would spill
For fishermen
It wasn’t a thrill

Egrets and ducks
Covered in sludge
Weighted down
They couldn’t budge

Too much seafood
Had to be wasted
Oysters and crabs
Couldn’t be tasted

Ocean platforms
Drilling for oil
Much harder to do
Than directly on soil

All the kings’ horses
And all the kings men
Can not be sure
This won’t happen again

By, Randee Saber 9/14/10

The BP oil spill (2010) has had devastating effects to the environment as well as humans and wildlife in the Gulf region.
Today it was revealed that the oil spill has tripled in size in the past three days. Efforts to fight the spill continue.
The economic effect of the BP oil spill has been significant as well. BP alone has lost $25 billion in market value and there are serious concerns about Gulf fishing and the seafood industry.
The oil spill was caused by an explosion at an offshore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The leak is releasing some 5,000 barrels of oil per day, and efforts to manage the spill with controlled burning, dispersal and plugging the leak have been unsuccessful.
This oil spill could become the worst oil spill in history, surpassing the damage done by the Exxon Valdez tanker that spilled 11 million gallons of oil into the ecologically sensitive Prince William Sound in 1989.