On a late afternoon walk in Bon Secour NWR an eerie normalcy prevails in the upbeat melody of birds and frogs. This is the first day of a three day trip with Defenders of Wildlife to document the coastal wildlife habitats of the Gulf, before and after the impending resolution to the mass of oil accumulating from an exploded offshore oil rig.
A few select articles that take a look at the way wildlife in the path of the oil spill have been or will be effected.
Faced with what threatens to become one of the greatest environmental disasters this country has ever seen, to demand anything less than a complete reevaluation by the administration of future offshore drilling plans would be to forfeit our rights as Americans and stakeholders in some of the nation’s most treasured lands.
Sen. Lieberman said of the Gulf spill, “I mean, accidents happen. You learn from them and you try to make sure they don’t happen again.” He said the draft bill would allow drilling as close as 75 miles from U.S. coastline.
Eleven human deaths. Dead sea turtles and fish washed ashore. Whales swimming through oily, toxic waters, poisoned as they surface for air. And potentially billions of dollars lost to already-struggling fishing- and tourism-dependent communities along the Gulf Coast. We’ve seen enough. It’s time to act.