Target: General public
Goal: Remember Deepwater Horizon oil spill and pledge to help prevent future spills from happening.
It has been five years since the catastrophic oil spill of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded off the coast of Louisiana. It’s estimated that 1.8 million gallons of oil were released into the Gulf of Mexico, and to this day the aftermath of the explosion can be seen. The event has caused scientists to rethink how oil spills affect the ecology and animals of the environment, and unfortunately it’s made them realize that oil is toxic even in small concentrations.
It is crucial that the public remember what the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig has done to the environment so future spills do not happen. Please sign this petition to support renewable alternatives to energy, and stop future oil rigs from being built on our planet.
Recent studies conducted on baby fish within the Gulf of Mexico have shed light on what happens to creatures that are exposed to oil. Scientists found out that when oil is exposed to baby fish, such as the bluefin tuna, the mahi mahi, and minnows, various birth defects appear. These defects are irregular heart beats, slower swim speeds, and poor growth of limbs and eyes. These birth defects drastically affect the survival rates of fish populations, and despite being exposed to small amounts of oil, these baby fish suffered extreme birth defects. Scientists did note that adult fish weren’t nearly as vulnerable as baby fish, but these findings have changed the way scientists and the public view oil spills.
Various studies have been conducted on krill, shrimp, and birds, and scientists found that in general, species tended to hatch or grow too early, and died quickly thanks to oil exposure. Further studies need to be conducted before scientists can be sure about the consequences of this oil spill, but it’s also sparked concern over urban runoff, such as pollution from factories or from cars. If a low concentration of oil is able to do this much damage to our marine wildlife, how much damage can our urban chemicals do?
It’s been five years since the disastrous oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon rig, and yet there are companies who still wish to drill offshore. If such a rig were to rupture or explode, the environments around these operations would be damaged for years. Sign this petition and remember the damage of oil spills, and prevent them from happening in the future.
It is the five year anniversary of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig. Scientists and the public still find remnants of this disaster on the shore, in the sea, and in animals. Photos of birds covered in oil are one of the iconic images of this disaster, but unfortunately the damage doesn’t stop there.
Baby fish who have been exposed to oil and other toxic chemicals resulting from this disaster have hatched with birth defects. These defects severely compromise the survival of these species, demonstrating to the public that limited exposure to oil can have severe consequences on our food chain.
I am an individual who does not want to see this disaster unfold again. I know that there are huge dangers in having an offshore oil rig. If these facilities were to explode it would destroy our ecosystem. I implore you to remember the aftermath of this incident, and pledge to ensure that it never happens again.
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Photo credit: U.S. Coast Guard via Wikimedia Commons