After the BP oil spill disaster struck last April, it seems as though that is all you heard people talk about. Now, you can barely find one media source giving any information about how the animals, coastal environment, and the fisherman are doing. The only thing you can find are blogs, such as this, hoping and praying that someone will read them. BP’s ad campaign makes you believe everything is back to normal on the Gulf coast when that is far from the truth.
BP claims that everything is slowly getting back to normal. Beaches are clean, animals are healthy, and fishermen are back to work. BP’s ad campaign featured on many media outlets has a Louisiana business owner, Rick Scali, claiming that, “the beaches are clean and our Gulf coast is back in business.” Rick Scali goes on to say, “I didn’t know what to expect, but they did what they said they were going to do”.
While BP spent millions on their ad campaign, they should have been spending that money on the cleanup efforts that are still needed. Just this month, 46 baby dolphins have washed up on the shore dead (Mouton). Usually, there are only 1-2 per year. The dolphins that gave birth became pregnant during the months of March, April, and May, right around the time the BP oil spill disaster struck. Not only is this a major warning sign of the significant damage that the oil spill caused, it leaves me horrified at what the future may hold. We have absolutely no idea the impacts the oil spill will have on wildlife in 10 years, so the fact that BP is saying that everything is fine, is a flat out lie. Not even they can predict the future.
This leads me on to my next point, the beaches. While the beaches may look clean, that is far from the truth. Tar balls are still washing up on beaches every day, sheen can still be seen on the top of the water and you can still see a slight orange tint in the tide. Another thing that is out of sight and out of mind is what is happening underneath the beaches.
Many scientists are finding dead spots on the ocean floor. While many people believe that the dispersants that BP used to clean up the oil may have worked, that is far from the truth. According to a University of Georgia researcher, oil is still on the ocean floor as well as dead wildlife. Not only that, but dispersants are very harmful to the environment. They may even be the reason that the dolphins are washing up on the shore dead. Dispersants are chemicals and when chemicals mix with nature, it never ends well. So while it may appear that BP has cleaned up some of the oil, I believe they may have done more harm than good.
In conclusion, BP is misleading the public about the restoration of the Gulf after the oil spill. Not only is there a media blackout, but the coverage that is shown, is what BP wants you to believe. Make sure to check facts before believing what this monster of a company tells the public. I personally have not bought BP gas since the oil spill happened. BP, or British Petroleum, should stand for “boycott polluters.”
This is why Scream For A Dream is so important to me as an 18 year old from the Midwest. I strive to do the best I can to bring news and updates to all of your readers. I have never been to the Gulf coast but I have never felt a stronger connection to a cause. After seeing animals slicked with oil, I knew I had to do something. 2 years later, we are still raising awareness and funds for the animals, coastal environment, and the fisherman that were affected. I want to take a moment to personally thank each and every one of you that contributed to our campaign efforts. Without your help, none of what Scream For A Dream has been able to accomplish would be possible. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
-Chloe Dawn Founder of Scream For A Dream
NOTE: These are the opinions of Chloe Dawn and do not necessarily reflect the views of other representatives involved with Scream For A Dream.