In this “Heroes” segment, meet Jack Bohannan, Refuge Manager of for Delta, Breton and Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuges in Southeast Louisiana. “When you are passionate about conserving wild animals and their habitats, that’s all the motivation you need to labor on in the face of this kind of adversity. The oil keeps on coming; but we will not give up and we will not give in. There is too much at stake.”
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Jamie Clark said, “Gov. Jindal has brazenly disregarded the parameters of the dredging permit issued by the federal government, putting in jeopardy the very islands and sensitive coastline he claims to be protecting. The permit specifically notes that the dredge materials cannot be taken from the shoreline of the vulnerable Chandeleur Islands, based on recent science used to expedite the governor’s request, yet Jindal has done just that.”
I have just returned from the Gulf of Mexico, where the growing disaster from the British Petroleum oil rig blowout threatens some of our most precious wildlife, fisheries and national wildlife refuges. Bearing witness to this epic environmental disaster as it slowly unfolds has been surreal to say the least. It seems impossible to believe… Read more »
Today the White House announced a set of priorities for emergency supplemental funding associated with the ongoing Gulf oil disaster. The package laudably focuses on steps to reassure consumers that seafood coming from the Gulf is safe, food aid and jobs assistance for people and communities affected by the oil spill, and raising liability caps and a 1 cent per gallon increase in the excise tax on oil companies to fund the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund that will eventually repay the cost to the taxpayer to clean up this mess.
However, on the day when the government announced that the first dead marine mammals affected by the spill have washed up on Gulf beaches, more needs to be done for wildlife.
Today’s news roundup takes a closer look at the risk an ever growing oil slick in Gulf waters poses to brown pelicans, bluefin tuna and other species already fighting for survival.