The oil rig (Deppwater Horizon) was about a 3 -1/2 hour boat ride from Dauphin Island or Gulf Shores. I live 45 minutes from Dauphin Island, and an hour away from Gulf Shores. So this is VERY close to home for me. It is extremely sad as well. No one really knows what type of impact this will have on our environment, and not to mention our economy. The oil spill is already affecting our economy here.
In Bayou La Batre, AL, most people make a living on Shrimp Boats. You can see all of those shrimp boats sitting in the foreground. They can't get out due to the oil booms that are being launched. To me, it is a vicious cycle. This affects everyone, in every way shape and form. I am already beginning to see the toll it is taking on the local cities, and it hasn't reached shore yet.
The bridge in the background is Dauphin Island bridge. Workers are putting out oil booms
I am curious to know just how many MILES of oil boom have been put out. I already know the answer to that one though..........enough to cover the coast lines of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
All photos are from Mobile Press Register. You can visit HERE to read more from our local newspaper about the oil spill and to see more photos.
You can also visit our local news station NBC 15