Oil on the Coast
by Abraham Ruiz de la Vega, age 10
Oil causes a lot of damage when it reaches the coastline, especially in an area as fragile as the Gulf Coast. The Gulf Coast is lined with natural areas such as marshes, swamps, forests and islands that are home to rare species of birds, fish, and other wildlife. Area wetlands also provide coastal areas with protection from hurricanes.
When oil reaches the shore, animals can eat plants or other animals that are covered in oil. The oil can suffocate or poison these plants and animals. When the affected plans die they can wash away, causing the wetlands to disappear.