Last week, on a Chill Services blog, there was a post on the merits of the things they don’t teach you in B-School, that referenced the issues with BP, the oil spill clean up and a series of events leading up to and after the spill.
This week, we are seeing a new face to the rebellion of the BP oil spill, and the concerns that ever expanding oil spill is jeopardizing tens of thousands of people throughout the Gulf States due to human error that could have been avoided, and will take longer than anyone can imagine – The Exxon Valdez oil spill was one of the most publicized and studied environmental tragedies in history which occurred in Prince William Sound, Alaska, on March 24, 1989, when the Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker bound for Long Beach, California, struck Prince William Sound’s Bligh Reef and spilled 10.8 to 32 million US gallons of crude oil.
Today, oil still remains in the area that substantially exceeds the sum total of all previous oil pollution on beaches in Prince William Sound, including oil spilled during the 1964 earthquake. This Exxon Valdez oil is decreasing at a rate of 0-4% per year, with only a 5% chance that the rate is as high as 4%. According to sources, at this rate, the remaining oil will take decades and possibly centuries to disappear entirely.
The new face of the rebellion is a bit closer to home that the Prince William Sound reporting of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, because it is easier for news crews and the public to see the devastation the BP oil spill has created. Chef Susan Spicer, long a respected New Orleans chef, has filed a lawsuit against BP. Chef Spicer had not intended to be the poster child of this catastrophe , but that’s what can happen when you file a lawsuit.
Chefs in Louisiana and the region have built a reputation and a business using fresh, local seafood that is specific to the Gulf of Mexico. Since the oil rig accident, that seafood has either become unavailable or significantly more expensive.
Personally, I have all but stopped using gulf seafood; possibly forever, because of the issues we see in Alaska to this day, that has so impacted the native community and animals. To read more about Chef Spicers Lawsuit – click on New Your Times Article – New Orleans Chef on Her Lawsuit Against BP: “I Am Just Angry”