I live in South Central Louisiana. The markets for us are going down for us like a bottomless pit. Louisiana's culture is seafood. We have tons of water systems that meet with the gulf, and when even a tropical storm or hurricane hits, its gonna be devastating. The oil will travel upstream (Coastal Louisiana is under sea level 40 miles from the coast.) I myself have been on these vessels in the Gulf of Mexico that drill for oil and what not. Most of them are in poor condition, oil companies never take regard to anything but their own profit. This could even been done to raise prices on fuel. You can never tell. The Jack-up rigs in the gulf are hardly in good shape.
There's always a risk of staff infection because of poor maintenance. Then those people that are in charge of the so called "mud" are usually the ones sitting in the TV lounge of the rig. The oil companies are already in great debt to Louisiana, because of this incident. People are losing fishery jobs, Seafood markets are laying off, and others related to this field that depend on this agriculture. Louisiana is screwed if a hurricane washes that oil into Louisiana streams. The government is doing just about a good job as Hurricane Katrina in this matter. They aren't doing shit about it. But when a third world country is going through a disaster they are gonna be there immediately. The news doesn't even show a percentage of what's going on. They are talking to the wrong people for information.
That or the oil companies are paying them to limit what the public sees. Louisiana is home to several endangered species, inhabitants of these marshlands. This stuff is impossible to clean, once its done, The land is contaminated and our beaches and marshlands are a big Louisiana attraction besides the food and culture, I live near a lake where photographers flock to every year to take photos of endangered wildlife. If you don't care about these animals.... all the seafood you eat will be gone.
Everyone needs to sue the oil companies that live along the gulf coast. Cause they can't just get a slap on the wrist over and over. They need to be taught a lesson. All they had to do was upkeep their equipment and keep testing, and perform tasks as told to and this wouldn't of happened. Hurricane Katrina is nothing compared to this.
Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Texas are all in immediate danger, then when that oil hits that current it will bring that oil to the Florida Keys, up into the east coast and beyond.
BP is sitting on there hands with this disaster, doing nothing at all to slow it. They used cheap ideas to try and slow it to no avail. They need to do whatever they can to stop this with the trillions of profits they have anything is possible to do to try and stop it.