Walking with the Alligators

Walking with the Alligators
A Florida Alligator

July 5, 2011

Yellowstone River

Today's comment is not about Florida's wildlife, it is about the wildlife in a place that has been close to my heart for many years, Yellowstone.
If you have never been to the Yellowstone area, you may want to get a ticket soon, while it still remains one of the most pristine, breathtaking places on Earth.
Over the weekend one of the most egregious polluters of our lifetime did it again.
Exxon Mobil has once again putrefied a perfect water source for wildlife in an area whose size is yet to be determined.
This is because they at first tried to downplay the actual damage and reported that it was not really that much of a problem.
But then this morning, as was the case with the destruction in Alaska in 1989, it was much worse than Exxon originally claimed.
Can anyone remember back to the first day of the BP spill, when it was claimed that no oil was leaking at all?
At this time, the Yellowstone River which runs through some of the most beautiful land known to humans, is running black with oil sludge.
The story is everywhere now and it will probably get worse as time goes on.
Who will suffer the most of course, are the area wildlife, as this is their main drinking source.
What will it take to get Exxon Mobil and their counterparts to respect wildlife and wildland?
No one in Washington will punish them, they are all too dependant on their campaign money.
Environmental groups can only take them to court, but the result of this will as usual, only be fines paid, harsh words and then it's back to the game at hand, making money drilling and pumping oil, everywhere.
Like the story below this one, eventually we may be unable to reverse the damage done and we could all be without the lifeblood of life, clean, pure, water.

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