Oil and water

As most of us prepare to celebrate a 3-day weekend for July 4th, residents in and around the Gulf of Mexico are bracing themselves for a bad situation (the out-of-control BP oil spill, which is still leaking with no end in sight) gone worse.

Hurricane Alex has touched down a couple hundred miles away from the spill site, and the rough seas and winds have delayed efforts to… well, “clean up” and “stop the out-of-control leaking” are too optimistic of terminology here.  BP is currently figuring out a way to turn the Gulf Spill into a collectible oil well site, where they can produce 20-25,000 barrels of oil a day from the catastrophe.

It’s easy to feel a huge sense of frustration and horror watching this slow-motion disaster continue.  There are so many questions surrounding this incident:  Why was BP was permitted (and why did they think it was a good idea) to drill so deep that they wouldn’t have a viable plan to actually shut off their well should something go wrong?  Is anyone actually going to figure out a way to cap this well (which could leak for around 4 years)?  Will the ecology of the Gulf Coast ever recover?  With this still going on, why would a federal judge overturn Obama’s deep water drilling moratorium (and did it have anything to do with him owning drilling stock?)

And of course: isn’t there anything else that can be done to help?

Well, one grammar-schooler has an idea.

Destiny’s Dream is a new fundraising project undertaken by a scrappy 10-year-old girl who decided to spend her summer trying to raise $100,000 for the Gulf Restoration Network.  (We at CafePress have also pulled together an oil spill fundraising t-shirt portal to raise money for this organization.)

The designs in her shop are a hard-hitting look at the damage still being caused by one of the world’s largest oil companies.  Perhaps Destiny has a future ahead of her as a journalist…

Here’s hoping that Destiny reaches her fundraising goal and, of course, that someone figures out how in the heck to plug that blasted hole in the Earth.

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  1. Hello, from a Long Beach, MS resident. I just received this notice from Harrison County and was asked to help get the word out:

    THE GATES ON THE WOLF RIVER AND BAYOU PORTAGE IN WEST HARRISON COUNTY AR NOW CLOSED AS A SAFETY PRECAUTION. BOOM TENDERS ARE MONITORING FOR BOAT TRAFFIC. PLEASE POST THIS MESSAGE FOR SAFETY TO BOATERS AND OUR NATURAL RESOURCES.

    Harrison County EMA

    Thank you for caring. Personally, I can’t see how boycotting BP will be productive. I would like to see a positive and truthful campaign.

    We are struggling; but we are not ruined. BP now has many teams of cleanup crews out. It would be much nicer if it had not happened at all, but it did. We have to move forward, move beyond rock throwing and do what we can do to be productive.

    I would be interested in collaborating with some artistic folks for opening up some positive selections. For the BP Beach workers, perhaps, “I survived working for BP Beach Clean-UP”.

    They are hard workers, of course some of them are local, and some moved in from other places to take the jobs because they did not have jobs in their home areas.

    I wonder if these workers will go in with Obama’s Job Improvement numbers?

    I have many photos if any one could be productive with some, please email me.

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