Tuesday, September 15, 2015

 
 
2015 Gulf of Mexico dead zone ‘above average

I was shocked while discussing LNG with a county commissioner that he was unaware the Gulf of Mexico has a dead zone. It was as if he has never heard of red tide - we all know red-tide and what it does to our tourist industry and health.

All of the below quotes are from NOAA


"The measured size this year — an area about the size of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined — is larger than the 5,052 square miles measured last year."

MY QUESTION TO THE CAMERON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS IS, HOW BIG DOES THE DEAD ZONE HAVE TO BE BEFORE YOU CARE?

Consider this story - which is happening right now

AUSTIN (AP) — An algae bloom called red tide has been confirmed off the southern Texas coast and blamed for some fish kills"

Source:  The Herald- Via the AP

A "red tide" occurs when either natural or human factors cause a rapid increase in the production of one-celled organisms (dinoflagellates), which ordinarily grow in water rich in nitrogen and phosphorus. These destructive red tides, often resulting in what is known as paralytic shellfish poisoning, have occurred since biblical times but are becoming much more prevalent today. Sewage effluent and runoff from farms and lawns contain nitrogen and phosphorus. The dinoflagellates consume the nitrogen and phosphorus, when added to the oceans, and then reproduce or "bloom" profusely. They spread across the water like a carpet, absorbing oxygen and shutting off sunlight from plants. When these organisms die and decay, they absorb more oxygen, literally suffocating marine life."

Source:

 
THIS IS WHAT RED TIDE AND NITROGEN DOES

Would it not be nice if Cameron County Commissioners Court would lead the Gulf states and say, it is time we become good stewards of the gulf.  I remember when you could get all you can eat flounder, and grouper and the shrimp were abundant.  The gulf states through oil and gas and the corn belt through fertilizers have created the dead zone and the spread of red tide.

Commissioners court needs to tell us, how big must the dead zone be before they will care.

When will our elected leaders say - enough is enough?  You cannot have LNG without nitrogen.

VOTE NO TO LNG

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree. keep up the good work

Anonymous said...

So perhaps Sierra group should go after Red Tide.

BobbyWC said...

Now that the nitrate in the water in Iowa has become an issue it is finally a big issue in Iowa - funny how they did not care when it was impacting the Gulf.

No presidential candidate will mention it for fear of losing Iowa - the sad part is people win the White House without winning the Iowa caucus.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Please explain the Science correlation between LNG and Red Tide.

BobbyWC said...

The science is complex and easily played with. But petro-chemicals contribute to the dead zone which contributes to red -time.

It is was too complex - but the correlation between petro-chemicals and the dead zone is well established.

Bobby WC