Gulf Shores Oil Spill - June 2010
Last March I sent a photo essay of
our trip to Gulf Shores. Looks like we got down there, as a
friend says, "Just in the Nicholas of time."
I just received an email from my brother about the effects of the oil spill. Attached to his email were some
photos. Here's the email:
Fw: Oil in front of "Pink Pony" in Gulf Shores
Date: Saturday, June
19, 2010 9:30 PM
It finally arrived in
large amounts on Friday night. It was worse after Saturday nights high
tide came in. These pictures were from Saturday afternoon down at Gulf
Shores right in front of the Pink Pony Pub next to the public beach
pavilion. The air smelled like strong kerosene. It was sad.
For those who aren't familiar with the Alabama Gulf Coast, let me show
you where this is. The main road going into Gulf Shores dead ends
into the beach road. In this photo we took, the Public Beach is
seen just across the beach road from the intersection.
The Pink Pony Pub is on private property adjacent to the public
beach. See it here next to the public beach parking lot. On
the right in this photo is a public pavillion.
When we were down there just 3 months ago the beach was beautiful as
usual. We took this photo of some people walking on the beach in
In this email my brother sent,
this photo shows a newscaster broadcasting from the same beach.
Here are a 3 more photos he sent from the same beach:
I'm sure most of us would prefer not to see this near the surf:
But I have to make an
editorial comment here. This is NOT the first time we've had a
coastal oil spill. It's happened several times in the past
according to a friend in Florida. He mentioned the spill to an
old timer there who told him of the others so my friend looked some of
May 6, 1970 - WASHINGTON, May 5 The Chevron Oil Company was indicted
today by a Federal grand jury on charges of "knowingly and willfully"
failing to install safety devices that, according to some Federal
experts, could have prevented the fire and subsequent oil spill last
winter at several of the ...
From CHEVRON INDICTED IN GULF
OIL SPILL; US Jury Alleges Failure to … - select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res
1979 Aug 14, 1979 -
...history s biggest oil spill. The gooey oil Is snaking into US waters
toward Laguna Madre, a series of bays on the Texas shores of the Gulf
of Mexico. They are regarded as the cradle of the Texas fish and shrimp
industry, worth millions commercially. ...
From Gulf oil spill makes
others look small - pqasb.pqarchiver.com/chicagotribune/access
1990 Jun 16, 1990 - African crude
evaporated or burned, and lesk than 14000 gallons remained in the water
The Coast Guard would not elaborate on how it reached the million
gallon estimate for the spill. The spill had been estimated at 3
million gallons . The worst oil spill in history was last year when ...
From Bacteria put to work on
Gulf oil spill . - news.google.com/newspapers?id=pIMNAAAAIBAJ
His point (and mine) is that it's
happened before and we survived it. Yes it is a mess.
Liberals will whine about it for years to come. They would have
everyone avoid the place and spend our tax dollars to clean the mess
up. Then they would have the oil companies go bankrupt obeying
impossible environmental policies. Of course all this bad press
would kill the tourist trade.
But most Alabama rednecks aren't liberal. They're
conservative. Instead, they'll probably head down to the coast in
droves to see what the heck is going on. And the folks that live
down there? Many of them are what we call snow birds -- wonderful
neighbors from Michigan who can't stay away from the Alabama
coast. They love it down there. And they're some of the
friendliest people on earth.
I doubt they'll leave either. They'll stick around and enjoy the
sunshine. Sooner or later the oil spill will be mostly cleaned up
and things will be back to normal. God bless the good south
Alabama natives and northern seasonal tourists who live there.
They're a resilient lot who've weathered a lot worse than this.
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