"My Thoughts on the BP Gulf Oil Spill
Like everyone, I am very concerned over the BP oil spill and cry at night over the impact to our ocean, fish, wildlife, marshes, and am worried about what the future now holds for the area or for us all for that matter. This will affect the world. I just returned from Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana and had a chance to talk with some of those affected. All the finger pointing and blaming isnt going to change a thing for those harmed. It will change, we hope, the political climate and steer the outcome of off shore drilling differently but for those affected, finger pointing and the blame game does nothing but further delay any solution. The horse has left the barn. SO now what do we do?
I think we all see the forest through the trees and know the magnitude of the disaster, which much of it has yet to be seen and we will watch and live the fall-out for decades. I hope that BP can just tell the truth now and that we can begin the daunting task of cleaning up and restoration, which will takes years if ever. We can begin to calculate the untold loss to fisherman, business and tourism and wait for the fall out of health impacts from the dispersants that have been used which no one seems to know its harm, so why use it at all? Why add insult to injury? We cant use our people or oceans or wildlife as some sort of experiment. While I don't have the answers and I don't know who does I do know this: The Gulf has been hit by many disasters and it is the WILL of the people who live there that will restore the area just as they have done before. They are a resilient group of folks.
I am very concerned about the Oil Dispersant "Corexit" that is being used because some reports are coming in about people getting very sick. If you know anything about these chemicals or have been exposed, I would like to hear from you..."