As I ready my post for today’s recipe, a seafood favorite for my Sunday Dinner feature, my mind persistently wanders more toward the source or its industry rather than the actual ingredients. I am worried for the seafood industry, as we know it along the Gulf Coast.
As I read the many articles covering BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion and the oil spill, I am sickened with the magnitude so close to the wetlands, fisheries and estuaries along our coast. The spill is unprecedented. So is the way BP is handling it. Denial is one thing, but gosh darn it, when you drill oil, you better have a plan for such a catastrophe and be ready to implement it on day one. The fact that there were two explosions on the rig three hours apart tells me something was wrong and after the first explosion, why not shut the thing down. Greed, I suspect, but now look at how much it will cost them.
The cost to us is so much more. This could not come at a worst time. Peak spawning and nesting season for fish, birds and all marine mammals are going on now. Any disturbance whatsoever affects the food chain and has lasting effects on commercial fisherman and folks working in the industry. The effect has already started to hurt these people.
Let’s not just look at today, tomorrow or this season. Once the oil and muck from it reaches our shores, marshes, our oyster beds and the grass beds where crabs and fish breed and grow … that will be no more. How many years will it take these areas to recover? Marine population has yet to come around for Prince William Sound and it will never again be “pristine” as it was before the Exxon Valdez oil spill and that occurred in 1989.
An editorial in today’s paper called this spill ‘Black Katrina’ referring to hurricane Katrina of 2005, the most costliest and most 5 deadliest in the history of the US. There is another scary thought; the Deepwater Horizon well sits along the edge of the Gulf Stream, which flows around Florida and up the Eastern seaside.
On this Sunday, instead of giving you a recipe, I ask of you instead. I ask that you pray for our future. Pray for our waters, our land and for our people.