"As one expert put it, this is the first inning of a nine-inning game. No one knows the final score.
Edward B. Overton of Louisiana State University says “Right now what people are fearing has not materialized.”
Jacqueline Savits of Oceana disagrees:
“Some people are saying, It hasn’t gotten to shore yet so it’s all good, but a lot of animals live in the ocean, and a spill like this becomes bad for marine life as soon as it hits the water. You have endangered sea turtles, the larvae of bluefin tuna, shrimp and crabs and oysters, grouper. A lot of these are already being affected and have been for 10 days. We’re waiting to see how bad it is at the shore, but we may never fully understand the full impacts on ocean life.”
The National Wildlife Federation spoke to a fisherman out of Venice, Louisiana who had been to the slick. He brought back a plastic bottle filled with the oil and mentioned that he was concerned for the state's wildlife.
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BP is working to apply dispersants directly to the leak site. The sooner they hit the oil, the better. Engineers are also constructing huge containment domes to trap the leaking oil so that it can be collected and shipped to shore. Additionally, BP is creating a relief well by drilling at an angle into the main Deepwater Horizon well.
EarthShare has prepared a list of helpful things you and I can do in response to the spill - from volunteering for cleanup to tweeting about the event. You can see that list here. Pick your favorite and help out!!
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