Apocalypse soon? Preparing for a Western Indian Ocean Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Old oil drums polluting the surrounding land

The recent Gulf of Mexico oil spill has created concern for many communities where the potential exists for the same events to occur. It is a great catastrophe with numerous immediate and long term impacts. What would the consequence be should such an event occur in the Western Indian Ocean. Like it or not, oil and fossil fuels are part of each person’s everyday life and the potential exists for many poorer African countries to benefit from exploration, provided it is managed properly and benefits reach the people in need. It cannot be stopped but communities should be prepared from the start to ensure the process is planned properly with working, reliable emergency plans should something go wrong.