News Roundup: Expert Richard Charter says… »

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.”

Bad timing for bluefin »

From the perspective of bluefin tuna, the oil spill could hardly have come at a worse time or place. May is their peak spawning time, and one of the two areas where most larva concentrate lies directly in the path of the spill.