It’s day 49 of the Gulf oil catastrophe and I am back on the ground, this time in southern Louisiana with Cindy Hoffman and Krista Schlyer to see for myself the true impact on wildlife.
Oil is extremely toxic to loggerheads and other species. Exposure can cause skin loss, poisoning, drowning and death… which is exactly why we need every available tool to help save the lives of individual loggerheads and save this species from extinction. Urge federal officials to improve protections for loggerhead sea turtles.
BP’s second try at cap-and-kill has helped contain a portion of the oil spill. However, oil continues to move further eastward on the Florida coast, and reports of oil plumes have surfaced.
The 38 national wildlife refuges bordering the Gulf of Mexico are havens for a remarkable variety of birds, sea turtles, marine mammals and other wildlife—including at least 27 threatened or endangered species. Many of these refuges, and the native plants and animals they harbor, are in the path of spreading oil from BP’s Deepwater Horizon… Read more »
Richard Charter, senior policy advisor at Defenders, said the risks involved with offshore oil and gas drilling have very little to do with the depth of the water. In a interview with WBAI Evening News, he recalled the recent disaster in Australia’s Timor Sea, in which a rig blowout led to a spill that gushed unchecked for 10 weeks. That rig was operating “in very shallow water, only a few hundred feet.”