Environmental Issue Project - Oil Catastrophe Final_06122010

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Oil Catastrophe Natalie Ringer Rasmussen College Human Uses of the Environment Aisling Kane May 23, 2010
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Oil Catastrophe - Page Oil spills are a major issue for our environment, and something must be done to prevent these from happening since every day the oil is in the water the more effect it has on the habitat of all sea life and even human life as it creeps closer to the coasts. The affects of oil spills and leaks like the one that is happening in the Gulf of Mexico pollute hundreds of thousands of gallons of water by the hour. Now the slick is creeping dangerously toward the shore while researchers and cleaning crews are frantically trying to keep the oil out of the sand and surrounding beaches. There must be something that we can do to be more proactive with situations like this in the future. The government should have been assured that BP and other companies had a better alternative to begin with rather than allowing them to drill or explore without a “backup plan” of some kind in case of a catastrophe like this occurred. The fact that they have not found a solution to the problem at this point is ludicrous. We need to find a solution that works the first time whether than “trying” multiple things that do not work, and also set precautionary measures that will help to expose the causes, cures, and long lasting effects it can cause. Our beautiful planet is already at risk on a daily basis from many different environmental issues that cause creatures and resources to in danger; this spill is causing even more issues. “Why allow something that is completely preventable to ruin the balance that we are trying so hard to restore on our Earth?” I hope that through this project I can help find the answer to this question and find out how the people who are involved can be held accountable to help eradicate the issue for the future preservation of our planet. A few questions we must ask ourselves are, “how did this happen”, “what
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Oil Catastrophe - Page can we do to begin to repair the damage that has already occurred”, “what can we do to clear the ocean and save the animals and sea life that are being affected?” When looking at things like this we ask, “How did the large oil companies that are responsible for this not already have a back-up plan to go to in the event of a leak?” These are all questions that we may not have the true answers for quite a long time. On the other hand I do believe that drilling offshore is a wonderful way to find the supply of gas to relieve ourselves from the dependency from other countries and relying upon outside
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