Deepwater Horizon: The Aftermath

It has been two years now since the Deepwater Horizon spilled millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The aftermath of that spill has been huge, things are till nowhere near getting back to normal. It is likely that the effects of the spill will be felt for many years to come.

The most serious aftermath to the Deepwater Horizon accident is the damage that has been done to the wildlife. A large area of the Gulf and it's coast have been covered in oil and that has made it impossible for the animals that live there to survive. That means they have either had to move to new areas or they have died. Even the animals that have survived are seeing the effects as mutations have increased dramatically as the result of the spill.

While the damage to marine life has been serious for most people the biggest effect of the Deepwater Horizon spill has been the economic damage. The most seriously affected have been the fishermen of the area who have not been able to work at all. The numbers of fish are way down and the ones that are there are not safe to eat which has resulted in a virtual shutdown of the fisheries.

The other big group to suffer economically as a result of the spill are people in the tourism industry. The Gulf Coast used to be a very popular tourist destination but there are now few visitors. Nobody wants to spend time on a beach that is covered in oil so they choose to vacation in other locations. Given how important the tourism industry is for the region this has led to some very serious financial difficulties.

One other group that has been seriously affected by the Deepwater Horizon spill is people who work in the oil industry. As a result of the spill all drilling in the region has been shut down. This has left a lot of people without jobs and with little prospect that they will be able to go back to work drilling for oil anytime soon.

Even the state and local governments have been seriously affected financially by the spill. As a result of the economic slowdown the state governments have been able to collect far less in taxes than they normally would. At the same time they need to provide programs for people who are out of work as a result of the disaster. This has led to serious budgetary shortfalls. The local governments have suffered even more since most of their income comes from property taxes. Much of the coast area has been covered in oil and has become unusable, making it worthless. This means that the local governments are not able to collect any taxes on those properties leaving them with serious budget issues.