Not even a year after the massive BP Oil Spill, a new oil spill off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf has been discovered. Over the past few days, crude oil has been washing into the white sand beaches near Grand Isle, giving vacationers a sight for which they didn’t bargain.
As of the date of this publication, experts had not determined where the oil was coming from, although the theory is that a leaking drilling rig near Grand Isle is suspect. But one thing is for certain – a new oil spill has emerged, and it is impacting the shorelines again. The Coast Guard has mobilized workers to lay boom in environmentally sensitive areas and cleanup crews will help as oil comes ashore.
Mike Roberts of the Louisiana Bayoukeepers commented:
“It looked like a huge amount of oil in the Gulf. They could smell it from the airplane and I could smell it from the boat. This wasn’t just Mississippi River mud.”
Fears are mounting that the new oil spill off the coast will affect wildlife like last summer’s tragedy. Bonny Schumaker with Of Wings of Care watched a pod of dolphins trying to keep one apparently mortally ill dolphin afloat in the the Gulf:
“There were dolphins and turtles and a large bull redfish lying dead on its back… They worked for a full 20 minutes trying to push this other one up, and eventually I guess they gave up.”
With memories from last year’s oil spill in the Gulf still fresh, the need to replace our fossil fuel addiction with renewable energy is even more clear than the muddy waters off the coast of Louisiana.