Also, any impact on hurricane season?

The oil gusher will last into the hurricane season, and at some point it is likely to drift into the Gulf of Mexico’s Loop Current which will take it out of the Gulf, onto Florida’s east cost and up the Eastern Seaboard of the United States.

Story: Could oil slick hitch a ride out of Gulf of Mexico? By Andrew Freeman. The Washington Post.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

6 Responses to Could the oil slick hitch a ride out of the Gulf of Mexico?

  1. Ken Cole says:

    This has been such devastating news. I just can’t fathom how bad this could potentially be. I understand that this is going to have tremendous impacts on people but I am tired of the fact that the bulk of the coverage seems to focus just on that fact when the real victims are the wildlife. The humans will survive this but the wildlife won’t.

  2. Nancy says:

    We humans are brought up to feel compassion & concern for our own kind (althought that wasn’t always the case especially when you think about the aftermath of Katrina) and I’ve found if you speak too loudy about the welfare of wildlife after a disaster like this (or even a few cows are dead out of millions and 500 + wolves paid and are continuing to pay the price) you can get some strange looks. As though my priorities are really screwed up.

  3. Cody Coyote says:

    There’s no way to know how many of the regular readers and posters have been out on the high seas recently , but here’s what I saw when I was chugging around the Indonesia archipeligo a few years ago. Oil slicks everywhere. A constant sheen on the water, punctuated by unbelievable amounts of floating garbage and plastic. In fact, one of the dirtiest beaches I have ever walked on anywhere not near Tijuana Mexico was Kuta Beach , a few miles from the airport on the idyllic isle of Bali. The sea lanes near Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore have a phenomenal amount of ship and cargo boat traffic, and they leave a trail of hydrocarbon slime in their wake like banana slugs. And the stuff really travels. Even relatively calm seas have consistent currents , like conveyor belts.

    You’d have to see it to believe it. But it’s real.


May 2010


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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