All of the birds in the area where the oil from the well explosion will settle, some 210,000 gallons a day, will be affected. Even though the herons nest in trees, they must go in the water to fish and they will get coated with oil and also eat food that has been contaminated by the oil.
The vegetation, shrubs and trees will be affected by the oil. It is a catastrophe that will affect this area for years to come. The shrimp, crab, oyster and fish spawning grounds will be destroyed.
Louisiana supplies 90 per cent of the seafood to the nation. Fishermen will lose their livelihood and restaurant and restaurant workers will suffer. It is a wide spreading, enormous, man-made disaster. The people who own the well say that it may take weeks to stop the flow of oil from the well into the Gulf of Mexico.