couldn't help but wonder what type of impact the Gulf of Mexico oil spill would
have on this area. I do know however that there is already a halt on all fishing and shrimping in
effect in this area. Many of the local fisherman and their vessels are being
hired to help in the cleanup efforts.
days with no evidence of oil contributing to their untimely deaths. Authorities
here are speculating that because of the shrimping vessels being released one
week early because of the impending oil spill, that rushing fisherman may have
killed them accidentally as they raced against the clock against the soon-to-be
halt on all fishing. Hard to imagine how many more sea turtles may be killed as the oil slick
headed to the multiple lines of defense lab at the University of New Orleans
where we were briefed on the deep water horizon disaster, situation report by
GIS (geographic information systems) coordinator Ezra Boyd.
$285 million dollars for shoreline cleanup in Louisiana for 30 days. There are three basic
ways to combat an oil spill: using oil booms, dispersants and absorbants, as
well the more drastic measure of burning the oil itself, used in a major spill
like this one.
efforts since the tragic Exxon Valdez spill of 1989 is that they now know that
they can anchor the oil booms down which help keep them from splashing around.
Right now Kristian and I are coordinating our efforts with the National Audubon
Society, Waterkeeper alliance, and Louisiana State University.