6. Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill
11 workers lost their lives. An estimated 5 million barrels (about 206,000,000 gallons) of black gold ruined fishing and tourism industries, as well as upwards of 6,000 animals’ lives. As well, it took nearly five months to cap the broken well after the oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf Of Mexico.
For surfers, the closure of the Gulf coast was catastrophic. For Americans in general, it should be taken as a big wake up call regarding our utmost dependency on oil. Sadly, the beach clean up is still not finished and oil still wrecks havoc and health problems for Gulf Coast residents.
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