It’s been 47 days since Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Thanks to a new web site, Ifitwasmyhome.com, those of us who aren’t on the frontlines in Louisiana and Florida can gain some perspective on the far-reaching effects of the BP oil spill. Just type in your current location or hometown to see how vast the affected area would be if it happened where you live. (Click here to see New York.)
Considering how much our beloved Southland prides itself on its beaches, coasts and waterways, this whole disaster is beyond devastating–especially when you consider how fast the oil is spreading and how far it’s projected to go. It’s like if Katrina happened, and then rather than dissipating, the hurricane expanded eastward from Louisiana, around the tip of Florida, all the way back up the Atlantic coast to Cape Hatteras and beyond.
Even scarier: Atlantis, another BP oil rig that sits about 100 miles south from where the Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20th. Not only is Atlantis operating deeper than Deep Horizon, it also pumps far more oil, roughly 13% of the total U.S. Gulf output, amid rampant questions regarding its safety and structural security. If this thing explodes, its spill could exceed the volume of the Exxon-Valdez disaster . . . IN TWO DAYS.