There are untold ways that this epic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will affect the Gulf Coast region. This article from CBS shows all of the staggering numbers. To me, the most important, other than the 11 missing workers, are these:
More than 400 species of wildlife, including whales and dolphins, face a dire threat from the spill, along with Louisiana’s barrier islands and marshlands. In the national refuges most at risk, about 34,000 birds have been counted, including gulls, pelicans, roseate spoonbills, egrets, shore birds, terns and blue herons.
The area being affected is also a recreational anglers’ paradise, with some of the best inshore and offshore fishing in the country. The guides and captains who make their livelihood from putting people in front of dream fish stand to be seriously affected, as noted in this article from Mississippi’s Clarion Ledger. These guys got hammered by Katrina in 2005 and now they’re about to get a serious sucker punch via manmade disaster. One Mississippi charter captain called it a “Time Bomb.”
The coastal wetlands, known as some of the best waters to catch redfish, face a serious nightmare.
The irony is that the rig that exploded and sank was considered a fishing hot spot.
To keep informed, Florida Sportsman Magazine has a page where you can track the spill.