Government attempts to quell fears of Gulf of Mexico spill

August 8, 2010

Now that a static kill has been achieved on the leaking well, and the spilled oil effect is dropping, it is up to the Obama administration to focus its energy on the recuperation of the bruised region.

The message from the White House was that though the leak has been fully contained, the residents of the area should know that the efforts to restore their ways of life will continue.

Local officials, as well tourist companies have been asking for federal cooperation in mending the region’s destroyed tourist market, as its peak summer months were razed by the spill, and its economy has suffered a tremendous downfall.

The negative publicity and the region’s severely damaged reputation will likely take much more time than capping the well did, which does not bode well for its future.

A demand for tax incentives for tourists, as well as rigorous promotional campaigns have been put in to the state, as a way of letting the rest of the world know that the people of the affected region are ready to move past the disaster, and that its beaches are still worth seeing for their natural beauty.

However, outside of Florida concerns have been raised repeatedly over the oil still lodged in the bottom of the Gulf’ waters that invisible to the naked eye, as well the toxic effect the area may have after being ravaged by the spill for such an extended period of time. After all, scientific research has confirmed that the long term effects of the spill are yet to be fully established, and despite that state’s efforts to ensure the public that the water is perfectly safe, much fear and suspicion hangs over the region’s future tourist economy.

And those fears persist since previous assurances by BP that the oil was no longer a threat to swimmers have resulted in oil washing up on shore just days later. Considering all the political havoc that has surrounded the region over the months, the scepticism is a logical place to go.

Many of the local representatives share in it, stating that after all the misleading information released by the government concerning the severity and extent of the damage done to the coast only serve to feed into the sceptical approach to the now abounding talks of the area being totally safe.

Yet the state’s efforts to get the coast back in business after the spill are also understandable. With the beaches and the water supposedly cleared up, it is looking forward to reviving the fallen economy, and a giant step towards that will come next weekend when President Obama and his family take some time off to enjoy Panama City and its sprawling beaches.