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Monday, June 7, 2010


It has been all over the news. Miles upon miles of the Gulf coast has been affected along with millions of people (worldwide if you count all of those people who buy shrimp, oysters, crabs, fish etc). The oil disaster down in the Gulf is far from over. Until BP creates a relief well, oil is going to continue to spew from the leak. It's definitely going to take more than a few ShamWows to clean the oil laden waters, coasts, and wildlife. It's pretty bad. With that being said, I came across the projection above. The computer model you see shows the oil stream zipping up the eastern coast and out to sea. Remember, it's a computer model, so it's an educated guess and just shows a suggested a scenario. Still, it is a little alarming knowing that sooner or later, the North Carolina coast may see oil washing up on it's shore. I know several NC redfishing guides that are especially worried about what's possibly on the horizon.

7 comments:

Mark said...

That is highly unfortunate for guides all along the affected area, not to mention species like Bonefish, Tarpon, Reds, and the rest of the coastal environment and the people that depend on it.

Tar Heel Fly Fishing said...

It's a mess if you're a guide right now. Not only are the bonefish, tarpon, permit, and redfish guides suffering, but deep sea charters are as well. Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Grouper, Snapper, Shark,are all affected too and unfortunately the list goes on and on...

Mark said...

I'm afraid the list is going to go on and on for a very long time. The species of fish we've mentioned don't even scratch the surface.

Tar Heel Fly Fishing said...

I'm afraid you're right.

I sincerely hope they can put a cap on this disaster (no pun intended). Maybe they'll begin to realize off-shore drilling in the states is not worth the risks (I'm not holding my breath though).

Here's to the quick construction of that relief well...

troutrageous1 said...

I don't even know what to say to these computer models...I'm furious & speechless at once.

Not that it compares, but we have a ton of Marcellus Natural Gas drilling going on in PA right now, and there seems to be an accident almost monthly spewing drilling chemicals everywhere. A wrong move near one of our trout streams could be disastrous.

When will it end??? Maybe in 2012 with everything else...

Mark said...

All the more reason to keep working on alternatives. Surely, it can be done. If we have the technology to land a 4 wheeler on Mars, we should be able to come up with alternative fuels and a practical way to produce them.

Tar Heel Fly Fishing said...

I saw a story on CNN earlier today about ways to plug the oil leak. Hay, among other things, is apparently being considered. There isn't a shortage of it and evidently it has enough "clogging power" to stop the leak. Heck, they've tried everything else, why not try this idea. Bill Nye the Science Guy agreed it would work. If Bill says it works, it has to work...

You're right Mike, a wrong move would not be good. The scary thing is, that if any natural gas seeps into a stream, that whole watershed is affected. I would like to fish a PA limestone "crick" before I die!

Establishing offshore drilling here in the States won't work. You spend millions of dollars to build oil rigs, then, if one explodes you turn around and spend a million more on cleanup efforts. It's too risky in my opinion.

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