The United States is likely in the midst of its largest oil spill ever recorded. The United States Geological Survey has estimated that the release is closer to a million gallons or over 20,000 barrels of oil per day than to the 5,000 barrel per day estimate recently used. The original 1,000 barrel or 42,000 gallon idea is completely forgotten.So the Exxon Valdez spill was 11,000,000 gallons and this spill has possibly been 30,000,000 already. Can anybody say wow!
Nobody has ever convinced all parties of the effects of any spill. Did the Valdez wipe out the herring fisheries in the Alaskan sound where the spill occurred? We do not know but do know herring have greatly declined or disappeared in nearby areas.
There was a 140 million gallon spill in the Bay of Campeche in Mexico’s section of the Gulf of Mexico. This Ixtoc 1 spill ran on for a long time like this one may and occurred in the 1970s. Many disagree on how much the nearby fisheries and eco-systems were affected. Some even say it led to a boom in shrimp catches somehow and then there are those who say it created instability in the shrimp populations that really reached it peak several years later.
Here is a link to the basic of the Ixtoc 1 incident. It is not very detailed. http://www.incidentnews.gov/incident/6250
For some idea of how commercial seafood industries and fishing businesses work in the modern world I recommend Urner Barry. Their Price Current is the premiere business publication of this industries hard-working and busy small offices in ver expensive and not very fancy buildings all over the world. See this link. http://www.urnerbarry.com/
Mexico definitely is among the parties fearing that this spill may be disastrous for them. Please check this link especially if you read Spanish. http://www.oem.com.mx/oem/notas/n1626358.htm
For a chance to see what BP has to say for itself check this link: http://www.bp.com/bodycopyarticle.do?categoryId=1&contentId=7052055&nicam=USCSBaselineCrisis&nisrc=Google&nigrp=Branded_Crisis_Management-_General&niadv=General&nipkw=british_petroleum There is also the site for BP as a whole. Check it out and contact them there if you wish. http://www.bp.com/bodycopyarticle.do?categoryId=1&contentId=7052055 I am in the same spirit providing a link to Transocean: http://www.deepwater.com/fw/main/Home-1.html It is worth noting that these links and any link can go dead over time if you are accessing this long after I wrote the post.
There are many government entities responding to this crisis. Among the most interesting is Plaquemines Parish in Louisiana in the USA. However, the link content may change a great deal over time. Here is that link: http://www.plaqueminesparish.com/
I am settling in for a lot more pain and misery. I will probably post on this spill several more times.