On April 20, 2010, an explosion occurred on the semi-submersible offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 rig workers and injuring 17 others. On April 24, it was found that the wellhead was damaged and was leaking oil into the Gulf. This significant spill poses a serious threat to wildlife, affecting as many as 400 species along the coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.
Up to date information about this crisis can be accessed via your favorite credible news organization and via the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill page on Wikipedia. Please note that anyone can alter the Wikipedia entry. Therefore, please check all claims for accuracy.
Venice, LA is a small fishing village located at the end of HWY 23 near the mouth of the Mississippi River. It is the closest point accessible by car to the origin of the BP Gulf Coast Oil Spill. When we visited the town on May 28, 2010 we witnessed signs of the clean-up operation and a community that was already barely “holding on.” Many buildings and homes sat vacant and rotting, presumably due to the impact of hurricane Katrina. Outside of the marina BP operates from, buses transported workers in waders and white suits. Soldiers rolled by in Humvees and enterprising locals offered services and supplies to aid in the efforts. As we drove down the highway leading to the refinery (?) plant at “road’s end,” we encountered high water from a recent storm and had to stop. When we did we noticed an alligator swimming in a swamp and a local stopped to try to call him over so we could take pictures. I couldn’t help but think that the spill would soon claim the gator…and his habitat.