Saturday, May 22, 2010

Is That The Smell of Oil?


In each of our communities we have events that happen, whether it’s flooding, tornadoes, and hurricanes, huge snow storms and even earth quakes but we learn to deal with these natural disasters. They are never easy and often times cause great hardship but we dig in, help our neighbors and life continues.

Our community has faced huge challenges such as hurricane Katrina in 2005. Many here on the Gulf Coast lost family, friends, homes and business not to mention many of our historical landmarks. Our gulf coast looked like a war zone and to this day there are still remnants of that terrible event.

Now we are faced with another disaster. The enormous oil spill that threatens all of the communities along the Gulf of Mexico. Our white sand beaches will be riddled with tar balls. The marine life such as our beautiful dolphins who swim in schools right off our beaches will be harmed. We live in an area where shrimp fishing is one of our industries as well as tourism and now those will be impacted.

Just the other day, you could actually smell oil in the air and we now see fish washed onto shore filled with oil. We know our beautiful Gulf of Mexico will be impacted for years to come as we don’t know the extent of this horrific disaster. The people on the gulf coast are resilient, we worked hard to clean up after Katrina, but this disaster will take years and years to reverse itself. We all ask, what about our wildlife and marine life, how do we save them?
I am so saddened by this that I just had to share. Natural disasters are out of our control but disasters such as this one should be controlled.
Blessings,

21 comments:

Renee said...

Oh Michelle, it's just so sad, isn't it? I try to stay away from political discussion on blogs but the whole oil industry in general just makes me want to vomit. I can't believe that in this day in age we are still dependent on them for everything...when will we learn that just because energy may cost more, it may be less expensive to the lives of everyone and everything around us???
It breaks my heart...

Julie@beingRUBY said...

HI Michelle
It is a terrible tragedy and seems unfathomable to think this will take years and years to reverse the damage... Just recently we had a tanker go off course in the Great Barrier Reef and caused damage to this precious wonder.. something that cannot be reversed.. I can't remember if it was an oil tanker.. but never the less simply once again commerce being inconsiderate of environment... I feel for the wildlife and everyone who will lose their livelihood due to this oil spill.. xx Julie

Tamerie Shriver said...

Hi MIchelle

It's amazing how little the disaster in the Gulf is covered here in Southern California. I mean, we know it happened but, for the most part, it is no longer in the paper here. The magnitude of the spill is mind boggling and the effects will, no doubt, be felt for years. It is so sad and, I think, so preventable. I feel most sorry for the birds and marine life that cannot help themselves. I don't know how many of these disasters we have to live through before things change to prevent them from ever happening again.

Hugs,
Tamerie

Princess and the Pea said...

I sometimes wonder if natural disasters are the earths way of paying us all back for our lack of respect to it and all the damage we've caused. Things like this just shouldn't happen. It's very sad.

Norma said...

Here in Australia there is quite a bit of radio and tv news coverage of this disaster. The 'fallout' is incomprehensible because it is so widespread and such a huge amount of oil. How the environment and coastal communities will ever recover I can't imagine.

Chani said...

Hi Michelle, thanks so much for stopping by at my blog and for your compliments! This means a lot to me, you have such a lovely style!
All the best, Chani

nichole said...

This is so heartbreaking and incomprehensible.

I can't even begin to grasp how we'll remedy this tragedy.

Jacqueline said...

Dear Michelle,
Such a terrible thing to have happened and, as you say, a natural disaster is easier to take.
We have had tankers spill oil and it has washed up on the beaches and killed so much wildlife but, I think that it was on a much smaller scale, but that caused so much damage so, I can only imagine what this recent spill has done. It also has such an awful knock on effect and causes so much heartache. XXXX

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Michelle, We have a home in the Florida panhandle on the Gulf of Mexico. Our area has not recovered yet from two major hurricanes and now we have this oil spill doing further damage to our beaches, sealife and the areas economy.

Mary Ann said...

hi michelle! i share your sentiments. this is indeed a disastrous consequence. i feel sad to lose so many sea life creatures, this is like a domino effect. i just don't want to imagine the long term effect of all these. verbena cottage

Fabulously french said...

I agree with your sentiments and think that it is a crime and that it should not have happened in the first place. Let's hope that others in the oil industry learn from this disaster.

Leeann x

Mary Ann said...

hi michelle! just dropping by to say hi and have a lovely and restful weekend! verbena cottage

Sea Witch said...

I ache for all of the living things that are impacted by this mess. I hope they can cap this soon. Sea Witch

Alicia ~ time worn style said...

Yes we have been hearing a lot about it over here in Australia, just appalling, seems they are unable to stop the flow. I hope they do soon
alicia
ps. I'm having a giveaway over at my blog!

Denise said...

You mention Katrina, so I presume La. or Miss.? I'm here in La, a couple of hours up from the coast (St. Martinville) and I cringe every time I see it on tv or the internet ... I am so SICK of getting my hopes up that the latest 'fix' will work, only to have it fail YET AGAIN ... I can't even begin to imagine the impact this will have on the wildlife and their habitats, the coast, the fishermen and their way of life ... *HUGE sigh* ... it is all just so overwhelming and depressing.

That's Me said...

My heart breaks when I read or hear anything about this disaster!!! It is such a shame that we continue down the same path after each disaster and never changes.

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

it is so painfully sad. lessons really need to be learned from this and changes made.
Karen

annie said...

This disaster was man made--caused by greed overruling safety control.
When is mankind going to learn???
The almighty dollar does NOT trump all...
I heard 2 farmers talking on the radio the other day with what sounded like a simple, helpful solution----dumping two kinds of hay grass into the oil where it would cling and then scooping the hay up to dispose---sometimes simple is better...
May God be gracious and merciful in all this.
annie

HOUND HILL DESIGN said...

Anybody who thinks this is not their problem is an idiot. This is a huge catastophe and thankfully reporters like Anderson Cooper are all over it and not giving up with the coverage. We should forever boycott BP and let that company die slowly the way these poor animals are. This makes me sick.
Nancy M. Toon

SPLENDEROSA said...

We have been praying for divine intervention on this catastrophe. As a Houstonian we've seen hurricane divestation many times, Galveston wiped out 2 years ago. I'm in Florida with my daughter right now, and even the pristine white sand beaches of Destin & Ft. Walton Beach are feeling the 1st soil ever. T. Boone Pickins has been telling the world for years (and he's a Texan) that wind energy would eliminate all this hideous waste: oil, coal, burning gases into our air, etc. WHEN? When will we have the courage to take a stand and demand the country change. The women have to do it. The women are always the ones to lead the major changes. Always. sending love, Marsha

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

It makes me so sad to see what this has done to the Gulf Coast...nad feel much like you do...this should have never happened.