“5.09 Final Draft” – FLVS Journalism Assignment

For this assessment, you must revise and polish your final draft and then submit it to an appropriate, credible news organization to be considered for publication or broadcast. Contact the organization ahead of time to determine whether it is accepting freelance submissions and, if so, what its submission guidelines are. You may choose to submit your work to your school newspaper.

When you have submitted your work to a news organization, send the same revised story to your instructor, along with the name and contact information of the person who is reviewing your writing. Take a look at this example to see how you should submit your work.


 

Final Draft:

On April 20th, 2010, the Gulf of Mexico was flooded with thousands of gallons of crude oil, gushing from an underwater oil well operated by the Deepwater Horizon company. Affecting the entire Gulf coast and beyond, this question was raised “How will this effect our marine environment?” People all over the country are wondering this very same thing, and it’s time we address this very important issue. Offshore oil drilling is dangerous for our oceans, but there has to be some way that we can make it safer.

According to Justin Williams, from the National Ocean Industries Association he says ” The attitude I have gaged especially in the last few years, is that companies are putting such more of a focus on safety. ” He goes on to say that with the example of the settlement amounts that BP had to pay the local, state, and federal governments, after the Deepwater Horizon spill, it would be in oil companies best interest be more safe, considering how much it will cost them if they are not. But it doesn’t seem that, that is phasing oil companies. Just this past May a Texas based company had an oil spill in California affecting several miles of coastline, and spilling about 142,800 gallons of crude oil, with 21,000 of those gallons spilling directly into the ocean off Santa Barbara county Calif. The cause? A corroded pipeline ruptured. Ten years ago, this same company reached a deal with the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Justice Department, to pay more than $40 million and according to CNN ” The settlement, including a $3.2 million penalty, resolved violations of the Clean Water Act stemming from 10 oil spills in four U.S. states from 2004 to 2007. ” It doesn’t seem to me that the “cost factor” is really keeping oil companies in check.

Scott Sanders of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says that there is a solution to this problem. ” I would say that [when] projects of this nature [are started, the company] needs to asses what kind of impact they’re gonna have on the environment so that they can plan their project in a way that avoids as many of those impacts as possible, and where they can’t avoid or minimize they need to have a plan to mitigate or to offset any unavoidable impacts associated with the project.” The question though is whether Sander’s proposed solution is sufficient enough to stop the damage to our marine environment from continuing.

The devastation that offshore oil drilling has encroached on our beautiful oceans are long-lasting. They are not able to just be washed away, or cleaned up instantaneously. Scientists investigating the long-term impacts of the Exxon Valdez spill estimated that nearly 20,000 gallons of oil from that spill remain in Prince William Sound, 26 years later, continuing to harm threatened and endangered species. Most likely we will be looking at this very same thing in the areas of the Gulf of Mexico, with the Deepwater Horizon spill, and the Santa Barbara county coastline. We seriously need to do something about this issue, and press our government to make some decisions to stop these types of disasters.

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