On April 20, 2010, there was an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company BP is responsible for this disaster. BP was drilling for oil in a deep part of the water and they drilled too deep and a boat exploded causing the start of the oil spill. It has spread to the coast of Louisiana, Mississippi, and other states near the gulf.
This oil spill also hurt the fishing industry because fish are dying. The prices for oil are increasing and a lot of people are losing jobs. The animals have been largely affected because oil is getting into the feathers of the birds so that they can no longer fly, the fish are breathing in the oil, and some whales are starting to die.
Right now, it is spreading towards Florida, but it won't reach California anytime soon. The efforts to clean up the spill are being delayed due to tropical storm Alex.
There is currently 42,000 gallons of oil spilling into the ocean every day. Because of all this oil, BP owes $20 billion to fisherman and small businesses.
The beaches in the Gulf of Mexico are being affected because the oil is washing up, and people can't go. Hopefully all the oil gets cleaned up, people get their jobs back, sea life gets cleaned up, and hopefully BP pays all the money so it can get cleaned up. At this time, we can help the environment by keeping the ocean clean and doing our part to help with the disaster in the Gulf.