Gulf Oil Spill News

Engineering failures ruining Gulf Coast – Editorial

By George Williams –

Louisiana's wetlands, formed by silt deposits from the Mississippi River, used to provide a barrier against incoming storms like Katrina. According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, more than 1,875 square miles of Louisiana wetlands have disappeared from the coast since 1932, an area almost the size of Delaware. After the area's great flood of 1927, massive levees and river-control systems were implemented, which prevent the natural restoration of those marshlands; 10,000 miles of canals were built across the bayous by the burgeoning oil industry, contaminating the freshwater ecosystem with salt water.

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Women of the Storm – And the Men Who Love them

By Darwin Bond-Graham – Counterpunch

“Be the One," a campaign urging citizens to petition the Congress towards passing and funding a comprehensive Gulf Coast restoration plan, has drawn criticism from some who point to the group's corporate oil and gas industry backers.

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La. marshes damaged by oil, but surprisingly resilient

By Rick Jervis – USA Today

Eddie Adams has meandered through the dark-green marshes of eastern Barataria Bay, 40 miles south of New Orleans, for most of his life, fishing for speckled trout or guiding other anglers through the shallow waterways and bayous. These days, the salt marshes appear as if in intensive care. Rings of white absorbent boom circle islets stained by oil. Each day, teams of workers replace oiled boom, darkened by waves of crude from the troubled well in the Gulf of Mexico. Miles of smooth cordgrass and other marsh plants lie flat and blackened by the steady pummeling of oil.

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A challenge migrating birds and gulf oil

By John Collins Rudolf– New York Times blog

While BP may permanently seal its leaking well as early as this week, scientists predict that the persistence of oil in the gulf waters and coastal wetlands will continue to exact a toll on the region’s ecosystem for years to come.

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Saving marshes: Experts say spill, and years of bad policy, leave little time to help top global food source

By Matthew Tresaugue - Houston Chronicle

When Dennis Takahashi-Kelso surveyed Louisiana's coastal marshes recently, the biologist saw oil puddling in the grasses that hold the isles in place. The grasses were dying, and without them, the surrounding ground would sink into the sea — a revealing sign of the present wounds and future worries from the largest oil spill in America's history.

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Oil Damaged Wetlands May Just Have to Wait it Out

By Alana Semuels and Rong-Gong Lin II – Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Terrebonne Parish, Comfort Island — Although thick, sprawling oil slicks have vanished from much of the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, pockets of goo still menace delicate wetlands and there is no effective way to clean them up, experts said.

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Documents indicate heavy use of dispersants in gulf spill

By David A. Fahrenthold and Steven Mufson – Washington Post

While the BP well was still gushing, the Obama administration issued an order that limited the spreading of controversial dispersant chemicals on the Gulf of Mexico's surface. Their use, officials said, should be restricted to "rare cases."

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