At left is a satellite image of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. At right is a computerized image (by my talented CBF colleague Mike Dougherty) of what an oil spill of the same size would look like at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, where offshore drilling is now proposed. Notice the threat posed by the blob's oily tentacles to the Assateague National Seashore, Virginia Beach, Ocean City and the blue crab spawning grounds of the southern Chesapeake Bay.
If you ever needed a reason to oppose offshore drilling in our region, here it is... in vivid color.
Worth noting is the fact that the blob would not just stay put in this location. It would likely ooze ashore, and devastate wetlands and wildlife, as the oil in the Gulf of Mexico is now doing.
Bloggers, friends and others, feel free to use this image in your blogs or publications, giving credit to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and linking to this blog.
By Tom Pelton
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Image at left from NASA. At right, CBF/Mike Dougherty.