The oil spewed for nearly 3 months. Over 200 million gallons of oil poisoned the Gulf, and approximately 2 million gallons of chemicals used to disperse oil exasperated the situation--resulting in the worst U.S environmental disaster. The madness stopped on July 20 when the renegade well was wrestled down. Shortly afterward, the rest of the world "went about its business"--and the federal government (including President Obama) began peddling the notion that the Gulf was safe.
|Me and my new friend Chuck at the Conference.|
One day, I went to Gulf Shores, AL to examine the beaches and meet some locals. I ran into families who traveled hundreds of miles to take a vacation there. Even though their “summer vacation” was canceled because of the spill, they were determined to vacation on the white sandy beaches. They said they would spend more of their time “on the beach” and not necessarily in the water. One local woman said she didn’t think pregnant women and young children should swim.
|Gulf Shores During Spill. Photo: Lyle W. Ratliff/ Reuters. /|
|Gulf Shores after spill--white shinny beaches (but the oil still lurks).|
|Blonde John running the business.|