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April 17, 2015

O is for Oil Spill


My theme for my 2015 A to Z Challenge came from my Disaster Crimes series. Disasters are a theme in each story, so it got me thinking about all the disasters that occur from natural disasters to manmade disasters.

Today’s disaster is...
Oil Spill

Oil spills are a form of pollution and occurs when oil is released into the ocean or coastal waters by tankers, offshore platforms, drilling rigs and wells. Oil spills can travel for hundreds of nautical miles, endangering marine life and contaminating fish and swimming water if the spill reaches beaches. 

When spilt oil touches a bird’s feathers or the fur of mammals, it reduces their insulation and makes them vulnerable to temperature changes as well as making them less buoyant in the water. Many birds, mammals, and other marine life die.

FACT: Animals that rely on scent to find their babies or mothers can’t because of the odor of the oil. Many babies starve and die because of this.

Cleaning up oil spills can take weeks, months, even years. It is especially hard to contain oil spills on the ocean. Controlled burning on water can be done to reduce oil. A few other techniques can also be implemented.

In April 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 people and caused the rig to sink. Days later, knowledge got out that the BP pipe was leaking gas and oil on the ocean floor. An estimated amount of 4.9 million barrels leaked into the Gulf by the time the well, located 5,000 feet below the ocean’s surface, was capped...in July, a full 87 days later.


FACT: The Gulf Oil Spill is the worst oil spill in US history. And the Gulf still isn’t oil-free.



QUESTION: Do you remember the Gulf Oil Spill?





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88 comments:

Unknown said...

Oil spills are causing major problems in Nigeria, political and otherwise.

Tasha Duncan-Drake said...

Hard not to remember such a disaster with all the finger pointing that went with it. Weren't they working on something that was supposed to break down the oil to help with spills like these?
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Rhonda Albom said...

This is why so many of the New Zealand people are fighting against deep sea drilling.

Jennifer Hawes said...

That is truly so sad! Hard to imagine. What a mess.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Bigger than the Exxon spill - that's sad.

Tamara Narayan said...

I remember that spill very well. When it started we were on vacation at a beach along the SC coast.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Devastating and far-reaching consequences to these disasters. And so sad that babies starve because their mothers can't find them.

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Jo said...

I most certainly do remember it. We were almost glued to the TV during the attempts to cap the source of all that oil. People are now using the gulf but I am not sure I would want to, or to eat seafood from the area. A devastating disaster for the people of the area especially those who made their living on the water.

Chrys Fey said...

That's terrible.

Chrys Fey said...

There was a lot of finger pointing. There are some chemicals and powders and other things that can break down the oil in the water. Too much to name.

Chrys Fey said...

I would too!

Chrys Fey said...

I agree with everything you said.

Chrys Fey said...

Yup. I hope nothing like this happens again...but you know it will.

Chrys Fey said...

I remember it too and watching the progress at it got closer to my east coast beaches in Florida.

Chrys Fey said...

I find that really sad...and all because of our errors.

Chrys Fey said...

I was glued to the TV too and I was watching it circle Florida, my home state. Scary stuff.

Very devastating for people who made their livings on the water, especially in the Gulf. You're right.

S. L. Hennessy said...

This is perhaps my least favorite kind of disaster because I've seen up close what it does to animals and it makes my animal loving heart wither.

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A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

One of the most horrible things humans can do to the environment...

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Birgit said...

Oh I remember this spill and I was so angry with the cover ups plus they could have contained it long before but didn't want to spend the $. My hubby worked in the oil fields for 23 yrs and he knew they could have done more

Sophie Duncan said...

I remember the Sea Empress oil spill which was off the coast of Wales in the middle of an area of a wildlife and marine conservation area. Thousands of seabirds were killed and it devastated coastal seaweed and invertebrates. This kind of disaster is makes me so sad, to see the cost and the suffering.
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Jane said...

Yes, on the "natural disasters to manmade disasters" scale, this is clearly a manmade disaster that affects nature, including man.

Another such O would be OCEAN WATER LEVEL RISING. From the global temperatures rising, causing melting of the glaciers.

This engaging challenge is bringing so many people together from so many places, and provides so much important information. Great choice, and great job, Chrys.

Liz A. said...

Yep, I remember the Gulf oil spill. Ick. Such an environmental disaster.

Chrys Fey said...

I have to agree that the disasters that hurt animals are the worst to me because I'm a big animal lover too.

Chrys Fey said...

I agree 100%!

Chrys Fey said...

So was I. They did not handle this like they should have.

Chrys Fey said...

That's horrible! The loss of animal life always gets to me.

Chrys Fey said...

It sure is. It's terrible how we can create and do things that hurt the environment in this way.

That's a good one! I forgot about that. Thanks for mentioning it!

Thank you, Jane! :D Your comment made my day.

Chrys Fey said...

It sure was, and it's still a mess to this day.

Jeffrey Scott said...

I do remember the spill. And this is so tragic, I hate seeing footage of it when it's affecting animals.

On another note, I hope you don't mind me pointing out an error, because I'm happy when people do so for me.
Did you man oil spills are a form of pollution? You wrote population.
Again, sorry if you don't like errors point out.

Sherry Ellis said...

Oil spills are definitely terrible for the environment. The picture of the duck reminded me of when I was little. Our neighbor had dumped oil in the street sewer, and baby ducklings had fallen in. My dad managed to get them out, but they were completely covered in the stuff. (I can't remember, but I think we got them clean with dish soap.)

Unknown said...

I do remember that spill. And that picture of that duck just breaks my heart.

Unknown said...

I remember the spill :( so awful. I first learned of oil spills on Saved by the Bell when I was little, it breaks my heart seeing those beautiful animals like that <3

Sarah Foster said...

Definitely remember the spill. I didn't know it was the worst one ever, but I'm not surprised.

Cherdo said...

This should be subtitled, "the heartbreaker."

All disasters are bad and the human toll on many of them is just unfathomable.

I think that is why it seems so sad to see the animals suffering and you know they have to be confused about the whole messed up environment they are encountering. Maybe that is why I always feel so bad for them; it's easier to ponder that than the human losses, in a weird way.

nashvillecats2 said...

How awful?

Yvonne.

Brandon Ax said...

I always hate when I see these. As a New Orleans native I do remember that spill.

Pat Hatt said...

Oil spills sure screw up the environment and wildlife

J.H. Moncrieff said...

I'll never forget it. I really hate the oil companies with a passion, and wish people would start thinking long-term instead of short-term when it comes to our environment and wildlife.

Oil spills enrage me.

Julie Flanders said...

I didn't realize it was bigger than the Exxon spill. So sad. I just recently read a column about the problems that are still going on in the Gulf. What a disaster.
It always breaks my heart to see the oil-covered animals. Just awful.

Sharon Himsl said...

I remember the Gulf oil spill but did not realize it was the biggest in U.S. history. I think more has been written about the Exxon spill. Heart wrenching so many animals suffer in these spills! Thanks, Chrys.
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Chrys Fey said...

Oops! Haha! Thanks for pointing that out. I never even realized that.

Chrys Fey said...

Oh no! Poor ducklings! Dish soap his the best to clean animals covered in oil.

Chrys Fey said...

Breaks mine too.

Chrys Fey said...

I guess I missed that episode.

Chrys Fey said...

It was a huge spill. I sure hope another doesn't top it.

Chrys Fey said...

I agree. It does seem a lot more heartbreaking when animals are hurt and killed because of a disaster, especially a manmade one because animals are so innocent.

Chrys Fey said...

It is awful.

Chrys Fey said...

I hate seeing it to. :(

Chrys Fey said...

They sure do.

Chrys Fey said...

I agree with your comment 110%!! Here, here!

Chrys Fey said...

That's what they say anyway.

Chrys Fey said...

It sure is heart wrenching. I hate seeing animals suffer.

Stephen Tremp said...

Oil spills are nasty. I lean toward the conservative right and yet even I can see we should be using alternative energy far more than we are. And I hope developing nations bypass the fossil fuels and move right into alternative energy.

Anonymous said...

I can recall a few oil spills. I'm always reminded because on Tumblr a post will always pop up about knitting little sweaters for penguins affected by oil spills. They look so cute in their clothing.

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Mary Kirkland said...

The oil spills have been awful. I really hope we don't experience another one because they do so much damage for such a long time.

Chrys Fey said...

Alternative energy is the way to go.

Chrys Fey said...

Aw! I never heard about knitting sweaters for penguins. I love that idea!

Chrys Fey said...

I hope we don't either, not anywhere in the world.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Poor baby. So sad. Yes, being a Texan, I remember the Gulf oil spill. We used to go to the beach every summer. Haven't been in years so wonder how much its changed because of the damage.

J E Oneil said...

I hate oil spills. :(

Chrys Fey said...

I haven't been to the beach in a year. My beach was safe from the spill because I'm on the east coat of Florida, but the other coast, and farther south, was hit by it.

Chrys Fey said...

Me too!

nashvillecats2 said...

Living in the UK I can't recall the incident, but it must have done much damage.
Put together in the usual excellence we have seen throughout challenge.

Yvonne.

Sean @ His And Her Hobbies said...

I remember the story vividly. Its up there along with the Exxon Valdez back when I was a kid.

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David Powers King said...

I've seen the results of this this very thing on the north California coast years ago. "Yuck" doesn't begin to cover it.

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Oh, I remember the gulf oil spill.

Also, in the tv show, Turtle Man, he used mayo to wash a snapping turtle clean from an oil spill!

Chrys Fey said...

There was a lot of damage.

Chrys Fey said...

Yeah. Many have mention the Exxon oil spill but I don't remember it.

Chrys Fey said...

You can say that again!

Chrys Fey said...

I never heard of using mayo. That's interesting!

sage said...

Yes I remember, along with the Alaskan Valdez oil spill

Donna Smith said...

My first ever kids book I wrote when I was in college was about an oil spill! I wonder where I put it...

betty said...

I do remember the gulf spill. I think I remember a lot of spills too. It is good we have the oil that we have and the boats that carry it except when there is a spill of this magnitude.

betty

Shell Flower said...

I totally remember that Gulf spill, as well as the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska. What's worse, now, is the fracking going on. They inject chemicals into the earth to extract oil. This kind of mining causes earthquakes, and also kills the plants and ecosystem of the area. Scary.

Unknown said...

I'm having so much fun with your posts, which makes me wonder about my sanity. Why do I find disasters interesting? I don't know, but I do! I just saw an article (I wish I could remember where) that there is a "slow" leak still happening in the gulf and the company has been saying it's no big deal. This article was reporting that it sure was - shocker right?

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CA Heaven said...

I work in the (offshore) oil industry, so of course I remember Deepwater Horizon, and Ekofisk Bravo, Piper Alpha, Amoco Cadiz and Exxon Valdez too. The last two were crude tankers. After these oil spills, the oil companies stopped putting their name and logo on the tankers to avoid the bad publicity of accidents. There's lots of dirty business in the oil industry, but it's not all bad, fortunately

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Chrys Fey said...

I don't recall that oil spill.

Chrys Fey said...

You should find it! That would be a good book to publish for kids. :D

Chrys Fey said...

When there is a spill as big as this, its extremely hard to contain.

Chrys Fey said...

I didn't know about the fracking. They really seem to not care about the environment.

Chrys Fey said...

Haha! Oh, you're sane. If you're not then what does that say about me? It wouldn't surprise me if there was a small leak, especially if it was from this explosion and it wasn't quite sealed all the way.

Chrys Fey said...

I didn't know you worked in the oil industry. Wow. Small world.

A lot of dirty business indeed and that's what's unfortunate.

CA Heaven said...

I'm a geophysicist working in petroleum exploration in various parts of the world, trying to find the oil fields we gonna produce from in the future

Bevimus said...

I just watched a video about he 5th anniversary of it on MSN the other day. Broke my heart all over again.

Chrys Fey said...

That's sounds fascinating. Hopefully there are a lot of oil fields out there.

Chrys Fey said...

It is heartbreaking.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Chrys .. oil spills are very hazardous for many reasons .. and they're still going on - I'd hate to be a part of one .. but can remember birds being oiled up on the beaches in Cornwall from the Torrey Canyon in 1967 - we went to a Sanctuary to see the clean up at work .. and the beaches were covered with globules or pats of oil ... we need the oil - yet accidents seem to happen which affect so many with their unintended consequences .. a great O for disaster ... Hilary

Chrys Fey said...

Great comment. We do need oil, but when accidents or mistakes happen involving it, so much gets hurt because of it.