posted on Nov, 4 2012 @ 10:35 PM
Originally posted by loam
reply to post by bigfatfurrytexan
Quantity in relationship to severity requires consideration of the impact to location as well.
This is a sizable spill for that area.
The Arthur Kill and its tributaries do support a surprising array of wildlife despite the negative impacts on the water and wetlands. Two major
heronries exist on islands on the New York side, and great egrets, snowy egrets, black-crowned night-herons, and glossy ibis from these rookeries feed
on a variety of fish and other organisms on both sides of the Kill, Blue crabs, diamondbacked terrapins, and several species of shrimp frequent these
waters as well, and so do five species of gulls in large numbers, depending on the season of the year. Bonaparte's gulls, for example, are found here
in winter months and were among the birds found oiled following the spill. Mallard, black, and other dabbling ducks use the creeks and wetlands for
feeding, and canvasbacks, scaup, red-breasted mergansers, and two species of cormorant dive for fish and other food in Kill waters. Migratory
shorebirds find the mud flats here every year during spring and fall migrations, among others black-bellied plover, greater and lesser yellowlegs,
least and semipalmated sandpipers, and short-billed dowitchers. Harbor seals are seen in the region in February. Among the fish species important to
recreational use of these waters is striped bass. There is a significant resource here which needs to be protected and compensated for when there is
See also: SIGNIFICANT HABITATS AND HABITAT COMPLEXES OF THE NEW YORK BIGHT
Just sayin'.....those of us from States that are on the Gulf kinda know a thing or two about what an oil spill really is.
And a headline that says "300,000 GALLONS!!!!11" is certainly more shocking than "5400 barrels". It is kinda obvious what is going on with the
Next thing you know, you will see reports of thefts in pennies. "The 7-11 robber made off with over 30,000 cents." Then we can dicsuss how, because
of the lower profit margins of 7-11, that 30,000 cents is, relatively, as damaging as a major bank heist that rakes in 3mil dollars.
ETA: I have maintained that the whole Superstorm Sandy thing has been hyped by a sense of self importance of East Coasters. No, hurricanes don't
normally hit there. But it isn't totally unprecedented either. But this Category 1 storm, while still a bad storm, is nothing compared to what
batters the Carribean Islands annually. But ohhhh no....it is only a Superstorm when it blows down trees and overtakes the levees in NYC.
Then to have you state that somehow oil is more damaging to the area that the "Superstorm" hit.....man, talk about supporting my assertions of self
importance in that region. Do you really think the estuaries in the rest of the coastal regions of the US are no less delicate?
4-11-2012 by bigfatfurrytexan because: (no reason given)