After months of hearing about the continuous leak from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, we are finally seeing results. This morning BP announced that its cap is continuing to seal in oil, as it has since yesterday afternoon. Well, it’s about time!
The oil spill might be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean everything can go back to normal in the Gulf Coast region. Aside from the ecological devastation that came from the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, we’ve been tuned into the effects it has had on employment and revenue for workers and companies in the area. An incomprehensible amount of livelihoods have been destroyed by this tragedy. Fisherman, restaurant workers, tourism employees—all are suffering. CBS News reported that Florida is said to have lost $2.2 billion in tourism revenue.
But before we go on detailing these things you might already know, we’re here to share some good news, if you can call it that, a small light at the end of this dark, oily tunnel.
We’re talking about the “positive ripple effect,” thanks to some insight provided by Green Economy Post. When disaster strikes (think: Hurricane Katrina), thousands are called in to help out, and in turn, the accumulation of people forces local businesses to step up and meet the demands of these workers.
To better demonstrate these figures, we’ve found another handy infographic to show you where there might be possible job growth (look to the bottom portion of the graphic).
Companies have been calling in biologists, chemists, engineers, technicians, and environmental specialists. And once the leak is capped for good, thousands more will congregate to the beaches of Alabama, Florida and Louisiana all for the sake of cleanup. All these new people in a new area…they’re going to need somewhere to sleep. And that is exactly the thinking behind the ripple effect. In addition to hotels and lodging, people are going to need restaurants to eat at, transportation to get around, retailers, grocers, etc. The list goes on and on.