There have been two major environmental incidents recently in America, and they’re not getting nearly enough attention.
I try to avoid the news as much as possible- it either saddens me or angers me. But I came across a few things that I think need to be brought to attention.
The Dakota pipeline shouldn’t even be considered. America clearly can’t handle the hazardous facilities it currently has in its control, so implementing another one seems ludicrous to me.
On August 27th, a worker at the Mosaic phosphate plant (the largest phosphate supplier in the world) discovered a massive sinkhole. The sinkhole, measuring 40-feet in diameter, opened up directly underneath a gypsum stack at the Mosaic plant in New Wales, Florida. Local news stations report the retention pond was holding 215 millions of gallons (980 million litres) of “slightly radioactive” water that was also contaminated with phosphoric acid, all of which drained into the Florida Aquifer.
“The aquifer is a major source of drinking water in the state. One of the highest producing aquifers in the world, it underlies all of Florida and extends into southern Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina,” reports The Telegraph.
Well that’s disturbing. Native lands have restricted access to clean water, Flint and other cities in America suffer the same fate, and now radioactive water for the Southeast?
Let’s move on to Alabama and the recent “State of Emergency” that has been declared.
The Colonial Pipeline runs from Houston to New York and supplies gasoline to the Eastern United States. On September 9th, a section of that pipeline was closed after a 250,000 gallon spill was discovered in Alabama. According to News Channel 4 KFOR, the pipeline provides gasoline for an estimated 50 million people along the East Coast every day.
“U.S. EPA personnel at the site of the spill in Shelby County say local residents are not in danger, and the spilled gasoline appears to be contained at the site and unlikely to enter the nearby Cahaba River, which is home to a number of endangered species and other sensitive wildlife.”
Well if there’s a shortage of gasoline then surely the answer is to build a new pipeline!
No. Wrong. Very wrong.
The answer isn’t in trying to find more oil, or produce more gasoline…we need to get away from that entire area. Look, the entire world will be without oil in 37 years, 2 months, and 19 days if we keep consuming it at our current rate. And then what?
We have technology that is environmentally friendly and sustainable. We don’t need to keep using the same old methods. We’ve progressed far enough to know that, and we’re smart enough to make informed decisions. So let’s do that- for our generation, and the ones to follow.
By Raven Fon