Monday, May 3, 2010
Sea turtles have begun to wash ashore dead along the Gulf States where oil continues to leak from an uncontrolled gusher on the sea floor, some 5,000 feet below the surface.
The best-case scenario for region is at least another week of spillage of the rust colored sludge — providing British Petroleum latest scheme to siphon away the floating fingers of crude oil from a blown well a mile damaged more than a week ago when an oil righ caught fire and sank into the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers.
However, the plan to lower 74-ton, concrete-and-metal boxes being built to capture the oil and siphon it to a barge waiting at the surface will need at least another six to eight days to get in place.
Crews continued to lay boom in what increasingly feels like a futile effort to slow down the spill, with all ideas to contain the flow thus far failing.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said:
I’ve been in Pensacola and I am very, very concerned about this filth in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s not a spill, it’s a flow. Envision sort of an underground volcano of oil and it keeps spewing over 200,000 gallons every single day, if not more.”
Fishermen from the mouth of the Mississippi River to the Florida Panhandle got the feared news that more than 6,800 square miles of Federal fishing areas were closed, destroying their livelihood for at least 10 days. The slick is also precariously close to a key shipping lane that feeds goods and materials to the interior of the U.S. by the Mississippi River.
But it is the wildlife who have already started to pay the ultimate price with the first birds found covered with oil and in Gulf Shore, MS, at least 20 dead sea turtles were found on the state’s beaches. Some of the dead reptiles are endangered Kemps Ridley turtles.