There’s a price we pay for the luxuries oil and gas bring to our lives, and it’s very visible here on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana. The Gulf itself is brown, not blue, and industry outcroppings are around every bend. 75% of the spill that gushed for 3 months after the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010 still lies on the ocean floor. Eleven people lost their lives in that explosion. While the Gulf is amazingly resilient, the long-term environmental effects won’t be known for decades.
Despite all that, nature preserves are just a few miles away, and the beauty of the bayou flourishes.