Affecting Dauphin Island
Offshore gas drilling has a negative impact on Dauphin
Island aesthetically. This adversely affects tourism.
The Gulf view from the island is littered with offshore rigs. This
has caused some degree of "sight flight" from the island (those seeking
an undisturbed view of the southern water horizon) to Gulf Shores and
points east, where no rigs are allowed.
One comfort that might be afforded Dauphin Island (since it bears the
brunt of this aesthetic impact) would be if the island received more
funding than the rig-free (or limited rigs) Baldwin County area --
funding from federal programs which were specifically created to
mitigate impact from offshore drilling. Yet this is not the case.
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