Posted by: reefrescue | April 25, 2010

Gulf oil spill could threaten Florida’s reefs and beaches

A blazing oil rig that was shaken by an explosion earlier this week sank in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday. The blast caused an initial spill and officials said there appeared to be no further leaks. However, on Saturday a Coast Guard commander said up to 1,000 barrels of oil a day were leaking at the site.

Rear Adm. Mary Landry said at a news conference “the leak was discovered Saturday; this is a very serious spill.”  It was unclear how the leak in the well would be plugged; she said the well is leaking from the seabed, 5,000 feet below the gulf’s surface.

 “Everything that goes into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and comes out will pass through the Florida Keys, and that’s a fact,” said Paul Johnson, a Reef Relief policy advisor who has studied Gulf oil spills.

Should the oil become entrained in the Florida Loop Current it could be transported along the Florida Reef Tract, through the Keys and to Florida’s east coast.



  1. […] […]

  2. […] What is presumed is 75+% of the SE Florida Reef tract is stressed/impaired(dying) or showing hypoxic symptoms already. Now, this fragile eco-system may get affected by the Louisiana Gulf Oil (BP) explosion and collapsed leaking oil platform and drill. -let’s all pray tht that doesn’t come to fruition. Reef Rescue reports […]

  3. Hello this text is very well done are you working as autor ? Maybe i can hire you to write for me?

  4. I think that this incident in the gulf is only ‘a small tip of the iceburg’. What has been revealed thus far is very typical of corperate Americ and not just of BP alone. PRODUCTION AT ALL COSTS is the motto of all major corperations world wide. Even if the petrolium clusters ‘break apart’, they will in fact have a chain reaction on all marine life and ours as well. It is very similar to that of the Tragedy of the Commons scenario. These smaller droplets can sufficate small marine life which is at the base of the food chain and work up to fishes and mammals, in time, impact humans as well.

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