Bad weather and high waves have made it near impossible to stop the encroachment of the oil on our wetlands. First to go will be the little creatures like shrimp, next year it will be the fish that feed on the shrimp, and then the predatory animals that feed on those fish. This is most likely going to be a bigger impact than the Exxon Valdez oil spill of 20 years ago.
You think Katrina was bad for the South Louisiana economy, that wasn't anything compared to what is coming.
Tell your senators and representatives that you think Louisiana should receive their fair share of oil revenues like other States get. If we have to sacrifice our wetlands and economy, we deserve to be reimbursed for it.
British Petroleum downplayed the possibility of a catastrophic accident at an offshore rig that exploded, causing the worst U.S. spill in decades along the Gulf coast and endangering shoreline habitat.
In its 52-page exploration plan and environmental impact analysis for the well, BP suggested it was unlikely, or virtually impossible, for an accident to occur that would lead to a giant crude oil spill and serious damage to beaches, fish, mammals and fisheries.
BP's plan filed with the federal Minerals Management Service for the Deepwater Horizon well, dated February 2009, says repeatedly that it was "unlikely that an accidental surface or subsurface oil spill would occur from the proposed activities."
And while the company conceded that a spill would impact beaches, wildlife refuges and wilderness areas, it argued that "due to the distance to shore (48 miles) and the response capabilities that would be implemented, no significant adverse impacts are expected."
The spill - a slick more than 130 miles long and 70 miles wide - threatens hundreds of species of wildlife, including birds, dolphins and the fish, shrimp, oysters and crabs that make the Gulf Coast one of the nation's most abundant sources of seafood. Louisiana closed some fishing grounds and oyster beds because of the risk of oil contamination.