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The oil upset many aspects of the Gulf's ecosystem, but birds were hardest hit. As of August 30, 2,034 oil-covered birds had been collected alive, and 2,145 had been found dead. Sea turtles also suffered. Thousands of workers have pitched in to clean the oily areas. "It could have been a lot, lot worse," said Mike Carloss, a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and fisheries biologist who has been doing rescue work.
The human impact of the spill is harder to measure. In Mobile, Alabama, 80% of the seafood packing plants have closed since the spill. With so many people out of work, more than 30% of residents claim that they need help. BP set up a fund to help, but no amount of money can make up for the stress on these coastal communities.
Jan 27 (Reuters) – Some of the 30-plus deepwater rigs that were in the Gulf of Mexico have moved to other markets, first because of a U.S. halt called last May after BP Plc’s (BP.L: Quote) well blowout, and then because of the lack of permits once the moratorium was lifted.
For each rig there is a crew of roughly 200 people out of work, but with the associated on shore support industries, suppliers and contractors, it translates into thousands of jobs for each one of these drill ships. They are filing out of the GOM for other waters where they can actually perform their function. And they are taking all those jobs with them, including my own part time contract job.
“The oil lease regulatory process is holding back oil exploration and production activity in the Gulf of Mexico. This delay is and this is holding economic benefits that spread past the gulf states, to the entire country if the gulf oil activity were allowed to match industry capacity. That was one of the important findings, Restarting “the Engine”–Securing American Jobs, Investment, and Energy Security, a study done by IHS CERA and IHS Global Insight which was released by the House Oversight Committee today.”
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