May 10, 2010
Louisiana teens worried about creeping oil
By Kaley Willis
Junior reporter, Youth Journalism International
HOLLY BEACH, Louisiana, U.S.A. – The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is causing some buzz across the world, and here on the coast, some teens are worried about the dangers offshore drilling poses, both to workers and to the environment.
“I think that offshore rigs make a lot of money, but it’s way too risky,” said Majah David, a 12-year-old seventh grader from LeBlanc Middle School in Sulphur, La. “People get killed over that. It’s just not worth it.”
For Kailyn Davillier, a 16-year-old high school junior in Marietta, Georgia, the spill hit close to home.
“I know I have some older cousins who worked near the oil rigs and I haven't heard from them ever since,” said Davillier. “We’re trying to find out if they were the ones killed" in an explosion on a deep sea drilling operation two weeks ago.
Davillier lived most of her life in New Orleans, until her family had to leave when she was 12 because of Hurricane Katrina. She moved to Georgia with her mother, grandmother, and siblings, but she still has a lot of family in New Orleans who are affected by the ongoing oil spill in a devastating way.
Liz Landry, 14, is an eighth grader at LeBlanc Middle School in Sulphur, a town
where the water isn’t too far from being contaminated by the oil spill.
“I don’t think that they should build oil rigs in the ocean because of this problem,” said Landry. “It endangers the wildlife and they should only drill for oil on land if it’s that important.”