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Sep 28

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Saturday Morning Learning: Oil Spills & Corrosion Control

One of the benefits of homeschooling that our family enjoys is the ability to research current world events. This morning on NPR, Jorryn and I listened to a story about the recovery from the Louisiana oil spills in 2010 resulting from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon station. After listening, Jorryn wanted to learn more, so we hopped online and started researching.

 

800px-BP_Oil_spill_Chandeleur_IslandsLAOil spill near Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana. Photo Credit:Wikipedia.

 

Jorryn was only six when the spill happened, so he didn’t really remember much. He was shocked to learn that the oil leak lasted for 87 days and that an estimated 4.9 million gallons of oil flooded the gulf while crews worked to stop the damage. Naturally, there was an outcry for the government to due more to protect beaches, and wildlife, as well as help citizens who lives were negatively impacted. Legal battles are still continuing in the court system. According to NPR this morning, tar balls floating onto beaches is still common in areas of the Mississippi coast. Even in July of this year, the discovery of a 40,000 pound tar mat near East Grand Terre, Louisiana prompted the closure of waters to commercial fishing. The loss of wildlife and commercial income is astounding to think about. It seems like in this day and age, such a major catastrophe would be completely avoidable. When you think about all the technology at our fingertips, it doesn’t seem real that such major after effects could still be felt.

 

Through research, Jorryn learned tools like corrosion control services and strict ethical policies can help prevent future disasters from occurring. I explained to Jorryn how in circumstances such as this, it was so important to have a solid plan in place to be prepared. Even in 2013, there have been oil leaks reported in the area, showing that BP simply wasn’t prepared to deal with anything going off track. It’s sad to think about the loss of life, loss of income, and devastation to nature that has resulted because of this major spill.

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