What Scares Me About About the Gulf Oil Spill - Part 2

Real Estate Broker/Owner with DRESS REALTY LLC

I guess as this disaster continues the thing which scares me the most is the disconnect between what we deal with as citizens of this great nation and what the politicians we elect seem to be focused on.

What I mean is this. Here in the Gulf region the debate is centered around a moratorium, a disaster clean up effort and stopping an underwater gusher.

While politicians and the media jockey for political position or the best cover story, the victims of this disaster search for more pressing answers. People who are out of work want to know if they will be able to survive. 

The major industries in louisiana which have taken a big hit are: Tourism, Seafood, and of course energy. OK. The energy industry has a lot to do with the problem so a lot of people might not be sympathetic here.  But do to the moratorium (just shot down by a federal judge) a lot of people who had nothing to do with blowing up the Deep Water Horizon are out of work.

As for tourism and seafood. Perception is everything here. If the world thinks that Louisiana seafood is tainted (It's not at all) then the world won't buy it. And as for tourism, who wants to spend vacation on an oil slick. The sad thing is down here in New Orleans I haven't seen a drop of oil but tourism is way down anyway.

That's what we are facing on the ground level. Meanwhile, the political jabbing continues and the media keeps digging out new ways to let us all know that we are in trouble.

I guess what scares me most is the unshakable feeling that we are in this alone. That BP only cares about profits, Politicians only care about spinning the story so that it makes them look good or even competent, and the media just wants to deliver the most sensational story. 

It's day 65 with no end in sight.


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Comments (7)

Anne Clark
Metro Referrals - Gainesville, VA

I feel badly for the folks in Louisiana affected by this spill.  I'm not for banning offshore drilling, but the seafood, I don't know.  Just because you don't see oil doesn't mean I'd go eating seafood from the gulf right now.  What worries me is the chemicals BP pumps in the water to make the oil easier to clean up.  This is going to be a long term recovery for you all.

Jun 24, 2010 09:45 AM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

I hear you....

Coming from Texas.....

Jun 24, 2010 09:46 AM
Jason M. Keith
Caliber Home Loans - Parker, CO
Equal Housing Lender

Thank you for this post.  Coming from Colorado, all we hear are the spins, I will spread your story and insight.

Jun 24, 2010 09:56 AM
Jenna Dixon
Momentum Real Estate Group LLC - Marietta, GA
55 & Over | New Constructions | Horse Farms


We hear you in Atlanta too!  My husband and have both blogged about the issues in the Gulf here on ActiveRain.  And we will continue to do so.

It is a miracle that there has been no citizen uprising in this country...but then I guess we would have to start caring about one another before that could happen!

Jun 24, 2010 10:00 AM
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

Scary times we live in! Louisiana has had a heck of a start to the new century!

Jun 24, 2010 10:00 AM
Jewel Swinton
Wilkinson & Associates, ERA Greenville - Greenville, SC

So sad, that the environment takes always takes a backseat to image and politics.  When did the oil spill become a bipartisan issue?   Doesn't BP realize with all the profits that  they make that the beauty of the ocean is priceless?

Jun 24, 2010 11:15 AM
Tamara Camden Vacation Rental Agent
All Rentals 2 Remember, inc. - Key West, FL

Hi Hassan, I share your concerns.

I sent an email expressing my concerns over this devastating oil spill and wanting to know what measures were being taken to get this under control and cleaned up asap.  I received an email reply back, and I hope that we get on the right track toward recovery, because it has been a long two months.  Here is the response I received today from the Joint Information Ctr, Deep Water Horizon Response:

Thank you for sharing your concerns with us. Every member of Unified Command deeply regrets the impact this spill has had on wildlife and the residents of the Gulf Coast. We are doing everything possible to stop the flow from the well, contain spilled oil and minimize the environmental impact and economic damage.

In the meantime, we appreciate your interest and concern, and encourage you to follow our progress - the BP website at www.bp.com incorporates a Gulf of Mexico response section.

While ultimate responsibility for this terrible accident will be determined in due time, right now all of us - Unified Command, BP, the Administration, Federal, State and Local agencies and contracted responders - are working together towards our ultimate goal of environmental and economic restoration for the Gulf and its residents.

BP has assumed full responsibility for the spill, and where people have legitimate claims for damages BP will honor them.


Joint Information Center

Deepwater Horizon Response


Jun 24, 2010 12:30 PM