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Although I am an animal advocate, the loss of human lives in the rig explosion on April 20, 2010 is the original tragedy of this disaster. My prayers are with the families of the 11 workers who were killed and those who are recovering from their injuries.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Rebound & Recovery
Hello everyone ... I have lots of news to share with you! Both good news and bad news ...

Good News: The well is killed!
Bad News: There is oil still out there! There is a great article from National Geographic on a couple of studies funded by the NSF (National Science Foundation). Here are the links: 
Why the Gulf Oil Spill Isn't Going Away
and the video
Baby Blue Crab Research in Mississippi
What they are saying is that there is still oil out there in the envionment and it is still affecting many animals.

According to National Geographic, there's some encouraging news from the Gulf. As a comparison, during the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill,3,100 marine mammals and more than a hundred thousand birds succumbed in Alaska's Prince William Sound.

By contrast, more than a thousand turtles, 70 marine mammals, and 4,000 birds have died so far from the Gulf oil spill, according to NOAA. (See "Gulf Oil Spill Pictures: Birds, Fish, Crabs Coated.")

Now, my question is, those numbers are from the past few months, but what about the fish kill in Plaquemines Parish last week??? http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/09/100916-fish-kill-louisiana-gulf-oil-spill-dead-zone-science-environment/
Some scientists say that it was a 'normal' late summer fish kill due to low oxygen levels and the run off from the Mississippi River. Okay, I get that. But could the massive low oxygen levels be due to the oil spill?  Methane gas is another by product of the spill. Microbes love to eat the stuff, and will help clean up the environment naturally (Read more about how nature is fighting the oil spill.)Researcher Samantha Joye says: "While methane is less toxic than oil and breaks down faster, bacteria still need oxygen to degrade it—creating another oxygen sink in the system."
Soooo, more methane & oil in water + hungry bacteria= lower oxygen levels = MASSIVE FISH KILLS!!!!

I believe that the environment will rebound & recover. I believe we need to keep researching the impact on the wildlife. It is all connected; we are all connected. Let's keep learning more and asking questions so we can react better in the future.

Some more good news - because the fish have gotten a break this summer, they are hungry!!!!! Many of the fisheries have reopened and many more are being tested for safety. If you get a chance, bring a kid fishing!!!!!!

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