Saturday, July 10, 2010

Oil?

Fish kills can happen and do happen every summer. Obviously the fish suffocate due to a lack of oxygen from something that upset the body of water they were in. What was it?

As a county agent as we called them in those days, I investigated many fish kills in Warren County Ohio when I served there. It usually occurred during or after a rain following a heat wave.

But this report speaks of an oily film on the water and the smell of sulfur. Was something flushed from the bottom or did it fall from the sky?

Tar balls were found on beaches off New Jersey. These stories haven't hit the mainstream news yet but you have to wonder when they will. Some of my friends think the gulf oil leak is already affecting our planet far from the source of the leak.

Has our greed for speed or carelessness brought us to this point on our planet? You really have to wonder. I have written about the decrease in erosion and improvement in our soils on this blog and then one oil leak and we have destroyed the place.

I think we all are on information overload and know enough to be dangerous. It comes down to those decisions we make every day, is this the right thing to do?

We can do everything right and one person or one corporation or one government can do one thing wrong and wipe out all the good and even make things worse.

These are tenuous times, for sure. I was hoping to write something more upbeat this morning but this got my attention and I thought I would share it with you. We did get a nice rain yesterday and it was needed. The air is much cleaner this morning. But the oil spill is there every minute.

What do you think?

Ed

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