FROM THE CURRENT SPORTSMAN'S ALLIANCE NEWSLETTER....."We’ve all seen the network news headline stories, but I’m not sure if you’ve seen the very good blog post by Bob Marshall, one of the nation’s top outdoor and conservation writers (who just happens to hail from Louisiana), about the impacts likely to be felt by the developing situation in the Gulf of Mexico. An excerpt featuring logic that is quite easily applied elsewhere:
"Offshore oil drilling is like nuclear power – it has a pretty good safety record, but when an accident happens the results can be catastrophic. And accidents will happen."
As a nation, we need resource development, there’s no argument on that. But, we need to be sure that development decisions take into account fish and game habitat requirements, multiple uses including hunting and angling, an honest assessment of the risks involved, and long-term ramifications – even in best-case scenarios. In some cases, development is simply the wrong idea in the wrong place."
I'M CURRENTLY IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA AND WE'RE WATCHING THE SPILL MOVE IN THIS DIRECTION. WHEN IT GETS TO THE BEACHES AND BAYS ALONG THE COAST AND DOWN INTO THE KEYS IT WILL BECOME THE MOST DEVASTATING ENVIRONMENTAL TRAGEDY IN US HISTORY. MANY PEOPLE HERE THINK IT WILL BE 10 TIMES WORSE THAN EXXON VALDEZ.