Despite what very optimistic and insulting BP scientists say, it may be well further into the future than 2012 before the Gulf of Mexico recovers from 2010’s oil spill. After all, it “took several years before it became clear that the herring industry had been destroyed” as a result of the Exxon Valdez spill.
Samantha Joyce from the University of Georgia believes it might very well “be a decade before the full effects on the Gulf are apparent.” Those are the effects alone. As for the recovery process, it might take much longer for the Gulf to heal itself from the worst oil spill ever in US history–at least until the next one takes place due to mankind’s continuing reckless activities.
Upon exploring the bottom-most layer of water, Professor Joyce and her colleagues “didn’t see a living (sea cucumber) around on any of the wellhead dives,” which are typically everywhere. In addition to that, “filter-feeding organisms, invertebrate worms, corals, sea fans” were “essentially killed.”
“The Gulf is resilient,” but it will certainly require more than a year or two for a full recovery.