Mariah Stone, SGHS Sophoomre
Mariah Stone, SGHS Sophoomre
As you may know, in April 2010 an oil spill occurred in the Gulf of Mexico; it is the result of BP taking "shortcuts" by replacing heavy drilling fluid with saltwater, which triggered the oil spill.

I, as well as many other people, am upset for a number of reasons. The oil spill is more than 1,800 square miles long, since Monday, May 24.

This same day the website reported it to be leaking about 42,000 gallons a day from a well nearly a mile deep.

This is causing many problems for people, as well as animals. There are many fish, birds, aquatic plants and mammals, such as otters, that are dying due to oil covering their homes, as well as themselves. Food is also a problem for animals, because there is less food for them to eat.

BP has tried to fix the problem many times, but so far all have failed. Wherever the current spreads the oil, the water is not safe.

Being exposed to too much oil by swimming in it can make you sick and may even cause death. Oil prices and stocks are being heavily affected by the spill and not in a good way.

It makes me terribly sad to see what is happening to the wild animals that are being affected by the spill; and I am upset that I may not even get to swim in the ocean when I go to Florida for summer vacation.

I think that maybe they shouldn't even have oil pipes or oil drilling in the ocean because of how it affects things when there is a spill.

I believe that people need to work hard not only to clean the spill up, but to stop the leak and fix the problem.

The longer people wait, the worse it's going to get. I personally think that somebody besides BP should work on stopping the leak because BP couldn't do it and they might not be able to fix it.

Either way, this problem needs to be fixed ASAP. I hope to hear soon that the leak has been plugged and people can start cleaning up things.