After visiting the oil exhibit at the Bob Bullock museum, my first response was disgust at how the excessive oil exploration in our state had also damaged our state's ecosystem. The pictures of a panorama covered with innumerable oil derricks was so ugly to me. I could only imagine the amount of oil runoff and other contaminants that flowed from oil exploration sites in this pre-EPA
period. Though oil brought many benefits to Texas in the form of economic growth, I don't think it benefited the environment in the least. Even today, the landscape of our state is dotted by rusting oil wells and abandoned boom towns.
After leaving the Oil exhibit, I promised myself I wouldn't write an angry environmentalist post to the blog. Yet throughout the exhibit, all I could think of was how ugly those derricks looked and the destructive nature of oil exploration in our state.