I haven't yet had much opportunity to see direct effects of the oil spill in the Gulf but here are the effects I have seen:
~I have talked to at least one (two I think) intern who was originally planned to be stationed offshore. She's been moved inland.
~The company is more committed to their employees than the average big company, and rather than lay people off, they are loaning them to active locations inland while offshore is off limits. They are shuffling and planning and paying to have their employees keep working and with as little disruption to their lives as possible.
~One day one of the people talking to us in our orientation was asked about BP's little incident and he said that he wasn't glad it happened just that he was glad it happened to someone else. It hurts across the board--everyone in the oil industry is affected negatively by this incident--but fortunately it wasn't them with the black eye. They also said they were glad it happened to a big enough company because BP had the resources to deal with this mess and a smaller company may not be able to commit to cleaning up after themselves for the years it will take to right the situation.
So far that's it. I promise if I hear anything else I'll let you know. :)