As the oil pushes west towards Texas, east into the Apalachicola area and west towards the Gulf Jet, this oil rig blow out could literally kill off the Gulf and spread far beyond. But this head line I think sums it up nicely.
‘The Gulf appears to be bleeding’
At nine miles out, they began to smell the oil. At 11 miles, they saw a visible sheen on the water. And at mile 87 off the Alabama coast, they reached ground zero of the disaster — what Wathen described as a “red mass of floating goo” as far as the eye can see.
“The Gulf appears to be bleeding,” he said.
“For the first time in my environmental career, I find myself using the word ‘hopeless,'” Wathen continued. “We can’t stop this. There’s no way to prevent this from hitting our shorelines.”
Wathen and Hutchings had no trouble finding their way back to land: “All we had to do was follow the red,” Wathens said. “There was a perfect line of it leading from the rig to the shoreline.”
Here’s the video from that trip, which is also posted to Wathen’s blog dedicated to documenting the disaster:
By Sue Sturgis on May 9, 2010 12:05 PM
Please go to the website to view the video for yourself OR google “Gulf is Bleeding” and you can see it ALL over the web.