or “Yes, I’m aware there is a major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.” As a result, I will preempt the cabinet post.
You’re right, I can’t ignore it any longer. I can’t continue on my merry way with the new house, and act as though it’s all a bad nightmare, thinking when I awake, it will vanish like sleep.
Fish can swim away, right? Dolphins and whales can too, correct? Shrimp? Not so much. Crab? Not really. Yes, they swim, but not like fishes. Oysters? No way! I’m concerned–very, very concerned.
Because I don’t watch TV news, I could pretend it wasn’t so bad, until a customer wrote, canceling their stay at Camp Dularge and asking for a full refund, with no plan for rescheduling in sight. I think that is a bit extreme, because the fish will be fine, won’t they?
Major hurricanes. Coastal land loss. Chinese shrimp imports. Huge oil spill. I’m not so sure that we can recover from one more disaster.
The white shrimp season opened yesterday, a few weeks early, in hopes that the poor local folks (and I DO mean poor) would have a chance at salvaging some of the shrimp before they are killed by the slick. The oil is quite a few miles to the east of our estuary, but it still matters greatly.
The far-reaching ramifications of this spill will be dirty beaches along the whole Gulf Coast, including MS, AL, and FL, where tourism on the beaches abounds. Louisiana doesn’t have a sandy beach, other than Grand Isle, and it may suffer as well. Recreational fishing will be negatively impacted, because people are canceling trips already. Vacations will be canceled. Commercial fishing will also be impacted, both inland and offshore.
But enough about the humans. What about the creatures? We live in the middle of a unique place called an estuary–a place where freshwater and saltwater mix and mingle creating the perfect nursery ground for baby fish, shrimp, crab, and oysters. A clean, healthy estuary is essential for them to grow up. They migrate to this estuary and stay here eating zoo-plankton and phytoplankton until they are big enough to spawn.
If the oil reaches here, there is no predicting how their environment will be affected, and in turn, how the livelihoods of the bayou people will also be affected. It is a tragic turn of events–a blow coastal communities are not prepared to withstand, financially or emotionally.
To each of you faithful readers, will you please join me in a prayer for a strong north wind that will blow the slick to the south to be dissipated by the deep waters of the Gulf; and pray meanwhile, they will be able to stop the flow of new oil from the drill site?
This is all we can do, while we sit helplessly watching the never-ending news coverage.
Thanks to Ms. Spice for posting this link. If you would like to volunteer to help with cleaning wildlife or any of the other peripheral duties connected with the oil spill disaster, please visit this site and register there.
PS I’m sorry I failed to mention the 11 workers who died in the explosion and their families. We pray for peace and comfort for them in this time when nothing will make sense for a while. Amen.