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Obama Allows Blasting Along Atlantic Shores To Begin New Offshore Drilling

Scientists haven’t forgotten about the Deepwater Horizon explosion that unleashed an immense oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This week, biologists named a newly discovered species of deep sea shrimp in honor of Paul Montagna, author of a study on the ecological damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon disaster, with data that “shows the devastating effect the spill had on the sea floor itself, and demonstrates the damage to important natural resources.”

The people who live in Gulf Coast states haven’t forgotten the oil spill, either.They’re having to expand their legal budgets for the recovery of economic damages caused by the spill. British Petroleum (BP) is still attempting to evade its legal responsibility to compensate Americans for the damage its negligent oil drilling operations resulted in.

obama offshore oil drilling atlantic oceanBarack Obama quickly seemed to forget about the Deepwater Horizon disaster, though. He rushed to diminish the impact of the oil spill, and hurried to increase, rather than decrease, drilling for crude oil along America’s shores. The Obama Administration covered up photographs of dead marine life from the Gulf of Mexico, and pushed to expand offshore drilling in the most ecologically sensitive and technically risky areas, such as the Beaufort Sea, north of Alaska.

The promise that President Obama made was that expanded offshore drilling for oil would reduce the cost of gasoline. That’s exactly the opposite of what has actually happened. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, since July 2010, the year of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the price of conventional gasoline in the United States has increased by 97 cents per gallon, to almost double the price of gasoline from a decade ago. Expanding offshore drilling has given us more expensive gasoline.

The Obama White House has allowed the oil industry to increase its profits and worsen the environmental condition of America’s oceans, while squeezing more money out of American drivers at the gasoline pump.

This Friday, Barack Obama moved to make the problem even worse, taking a drastic step to bring offshore drilling platforms to America’s Atlantic Ocean coastline all the way from Delaware to Florida by allowing seismic blasting of the sea floor by oil companies seeking places to drill for crude. The process will set off huge numbers of explosions, resulting in injury or death for well over 100,000 whales and other marine mammals, by the Obama Administration’s own estimates.

2 thoughts on “Obama Allows Blasting Along Atlantic Shores To Begin New Offshore Drilling”

  1. Tom says:

    Since there isn’t a current environmental thread, i’ll post this here where no one will read it:

    ‘Dead zone’ in the Gulf of Mexico is the size of Connecticut

    ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – Scientists say a man-made “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico is as big as the state of Connecticut.

    The zone, which at about 5,000 square miles (13,000 sq km) is the second largest in the world but still smaller than in previous years, is so named because it contains no oxygen, or too little, at the Gulf floor to support bottom-dwelling fish and shrimp.

    The primary cause of the annual phenomenon is excess nutrient runoff from farms along the Mississippi River, which empties into the Gulf, said Gene Turner, a researcher at Louisiana State University’s Coastal Ecology Institute.

    The nutrients feed algae growth, which consumes oxygen when it works its way to the Gulf bottom, he said.

    “It’s a poster child for how we are using and abusing our natural resources,” Turner said.

    [there’s more]

  2. Tom says:

    Here’s another:

    Coral Damage From BP Oil Spill Is Worse Than We Thought

    Damage to coral reefs from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was even more far-reaching than originally believed.

    Because the oil from the spill has largely dissipated, researchers say other clues are now needed to identify marine species that were affected by it.

    For a new study, scientists used the current conditions at a coral community known to have been impacted by the spill in 2010 as a model “fingerprint” for gauging the spill’s impact in newly discovered coral communities.

    “The footprint of the impact of the spill on coral communities is both deeper and wider than previous data indicated,” says Charles Fisher, professor of biology at Penn State.

    “This study very clearly shows that multiple coral communities, up to 22 kilometers (13.7 miles) from the spill site and at depths over 1,800 meters (5,900 feet), were impacted by the spill.”

    Unlike other species impacted by the spill whose remains quickly disappeared from the ocean floor, corals form a mineralized skeleton that can last for years after the organism has died. [read the rest]

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