Local woman speaks on BP oil spill impact

MOBILE, Ala. – A  local environmental activists says new studies show some “scary findings on the long-term impact of the 2010 BP oil spill.

A new report from B-P indicates the Gulf of Mexico is making a strong recovery, but not everyone agrees.

Kara Lankford was working for Baldwin County when the New Horizon oil rig exploded in 2010 pouring millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf.  That was a frightening time.

“I just recall the fear that I felt of this oil coming towards our shore.  Of course, I grew up in Mobile so I have all these fond memories of playing on the beach and a kid, and fishing with my Dad, and I thought all this is going to change,” Lankford said.

Four years later, Lankford is now working for the activist group Ocean Conservancy.  She said new scientific studies have turned up some “scary” findings.

“Here we are at the four year mark, and  we’re just beginning to see some things that are pretty scary quiet frankly.  Dolphin health, how large predators  like Blue fin tuna and amberjack eggs could be be affected to the point that they won’t survive.  They’re seeing deformities in those eggs when they’re exposed to oil,” she said.

Lankford said dispersant has even been found in egg embryos of some seabirds.

Charter Boat captains also said they’re still seeing the impact of the oil and dispersants.

“Lasting impacts on the dispersant and the oil that was in the water.   We caught a lot of fish last year that were smaller than normal and we didn’t catch as many fish of certain species that we’re used to catching,” Dustin Trochesset said.

Lankford is hoping citizens and government leaders will be be vigilant in their efforts to hold BP accountable for repairing the damage caused by the oil spill.

“There’s still a lot of restoration that needs to be done, and we need to hold BP accountable.  You know how quickly we forget how we felt four years ago towards this company that quiet frankly wrecked out home, and they left a big mess for us, and we don’t need to let them off the hook too quickly,” Lankford said.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said another trial set to start next year aims to recoup the state’s losses in the disaster.


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