May 10th, 2010
06:43 PM ET

How is the Gulf oil spill affecting you?

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James Amerson
Pensacola Beach, Florida

It was Mother’s Day yesterday and we took our mom and the grandchildren out on the boat to spend the day in the sun and on the sands near the shores of the historic Fort Pickens built back in the 1830’s. Lots of others had the same idea and it couldn’t have been a better day to spend in the mouth of the Pensacola Pass, it was warm and sunny with calm and crystal clear waters.

But there was something radically different about this island paradise, the white sands and emerald waters are now lined with brightly colored containment booms that have been placed in hopes to hold back the oil. In my wildest dreams, I would have never guess that we would have to answer these questions…“What are those floaty things?”, “Why are they here?”, “What will the oil do to all the fish and stuff?” and “Can we take some of them red floaty things home with us?”

I hope that the booms will become just a faded memory to our nephews and that they can continue to build castles in the sands, swim in the clear water and play fort in a real Spanish Fort as I did when I was a kid. It was an honor to show these boys this place that I grew up in and I hope they have the chance to show it to their kids.

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  1. Cathy

    What a sad but necessary iReport, showing this manmade environmental nightmare first initial impact on our daily lives. Keep them coming James.

    May 11, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  2. Dr.T.

    BP should approach the situation with a plumbing solution. A simple repair coupling retrofitted with a gate valve and internal resistive pipe cutter should suffice. Such a device could be manufactured in brass by casting. Gearing engineering could be incorporated to aliow this device to withstand high pressures and to be operated by the submersibles. A double hinged split design could allow the device to be slipped over the leaky oil pipe. Metal piercing bolts ratched down by the subs should also suffice to prevent the device from blowing off due to high pressures. After attachment, the device should be worm geared so that when the device cuts top half of the pipe the gate valve simultaneously closes over the cut.

    May 11, 2010 at 3:07 am |
  3. sheila

    can BP create a pipeline from the hole going up and capture it at the top?

    May 11, 2010 at 1:41 am |
  4. MR.AL

    The oil spill in the gulf is effecting everybody for the people who make their living from the gulf are looseing the most along with the wildlife their lives!! For myself being on a fixed income the rise in gas prices hurts. For BIG OIL with billions in profits gas was already rising and now with the oil spill witch could have been prevented but BP and MMS didn't seem to care while parying. NOW BIG OIL is taking atvantage again gas prices rose 10 cents a gallon,' BUTT' this time they have an excuse?

    May 11, 2010 at 1:28 am |
  5. Leslie King

    Although I do not live in the Gulf Coast, I listened to a 23 year old who survived the explosion on the rig and reported his experience on PBS. Please elaborate and share his story as only CNN can do. Mr. Choy's story let's us see the horrors of the explosion first hand and the corrupt manner in which the corporate world attempts to reduce him as a person. They made them sign documents on the heels of surviving the explosion to state he was not injured and they clearly want to turn their backs on these men. Please keep them honest!!!! thanks

    May 10, 2010 at 11:42 pm |
  6. Chip

    The spill is terrible and another reason to go green with power. There has got to be a way to create clean power.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  7. John Barron

    I live in a small town, Albany, La. about 200 miles northwest of the mouth of the river and this afternoon while working in my yard there is a strong odor of petroleum in the air. My eye and throat started to burn. Now my concern is that many of us who live in Louisiana will be subjected to dirty air quality that will possibly last most of the summer, especially when the heat indices reach the 100 deg. mark. The air quality will be unbreatheable and will cause lots of the people to suffer from respiratory problems. It really looks like the spill will affect people as well as wildlife for months to come. It's very depressing at this point.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  8. wendell thompson

    When the so called authorities assigned people to solve the oil leak in the gulf with a huge cone shaped device meant to drop over the leak ., they discovered a buoyancy factor preventing placement of the giant cone. Why was the roof of the cone not hinged and left open until the cone was in place? an access valve could have been preinstalled somewhere to attatch to pump off the escaping oil.

    May 10, 2010 at 7:31 pm |

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