Although disappointing, closing a beach keeps people safe from the hazardous fumes and other health hazards posed by the oil.
People are warned not to touch any oil affected water, and those with compromised immune systems are encouraged not to go anywhere near where the oil could have affected waters. Furthermore, you shouldn't touch any animals that have been killed by the spill.
This is the 67th day that the oil has been spewing into the Gulf, and the situation doesn't appear to be getting any better. The containment cap that BP placed on the spill broke, and that is causing even more oil to spew into the waters of the Gulf.
Another casualty of the oil spill is starting to be people committing suicide. Many have seen the devastation caused by the oil and believe that their lives will never be the same. Entire industries are devastated. Wildlife is dying off. Response and cleanup appears to be slow.
The American way of life has been affected by the spill, and BP will be held accountable. They have already set up a $20 billion escrow account to ensure that all claims are paid and paid in a timely manner.