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Long Road to Recovery

February 23, 2011

Despite what very optimistic and insulting BP scientists say, it may be well further into the future than 2012 before the Gulf of Mexico recovers from 2010’s oil spill. After all, it “took several years before it became clear that the herring industry had been destroyed” as a result of the Exxon Valdez spill.

Samantha Joyce from the University of Georgia believes it might very well “be a decade before the full effects on the Gulf are apparent.” Those are the effects alone. As for the recovery process, it might take much longer for the Gulf to heal itself from the worst oil spill ever in US history–at least until the next one takes place due to mankind’s continuing reckless activities.

Upon exploring the bottom-most layer of water, Professor Joyce and her colleagues “didn’t see a living (sea cucumber) around on any of the wellhead dives,” which are typically everywhere. In addition to that, “filter-feeding organisms, invertebrate worms, corals, sea fans” were “essentially killed.”

“The Gulf is resilient,” but it will certainly require more than a year or two for a full recovery.

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  1. ollie permalink
    February 27, 2011 6:23 am

    yea , I never understood how this was the greatest oil spill of all time, but when the well got capped, the oil magically disappeared, this doesn’t make much sense and no one is asking questions!
    obviously the dispersants have a big role to play. which if i remember correctly, they just make the oil fall to the bottom of the ocean. and if you remember your 6th grade science, the ocean floor is the lifeblood of the entire ocean system. i think that the problem was actually made worse, but BP had a pr campaign to do and, well you know how corporations manipulate our minds as well as our environment. anybody seen the movie idiocracy, ……. ?

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