Gulf Coast marshes may be irreversibly damaged from Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Volunteers help plant and restore a salt marsh in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana

Volunteers help plant and restore a salt marsh in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana

Much has been written about what’s called the worst oil spill in U.S. history – Deepwater Horizon. Now there’s even a major motion picture about it.

What has only received limited national press has been the devastating effect and impact on Louisiana’s marshes, home to over 5 million migratory waterfowl each year as well a large population of brown pelicans, terns, and other tropical birds and a variety of other endangered species. A 2014 pictorial view of the Louisiana coastline was one of the few and sobering accounts of the devastation long after the fact.

Now a study, published today in the journal Scientific Reports, finds the oil spill caused widespread erosion in the salt marshes along the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. And researchers say there’s a chance these marshes might never completely grow back.

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Canadian organization argues for euthanization of oiled wildlife after oil spills

An oiled Canadian goose, photo courtesy of the U.S. EPA

An oiled Canadian goose, photo courtesy of the U.S. EPA

As yet another example of how out of touch we are with Nature and the vital role of  its creatures, now there’s a controversy as to whether “Canadian governments, industry and wildlife management groups” should work to save wildlife seriously effected after an oil spill or make the “tough” choice to euthanize these creatures.

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BP’s debacle laid out in new documentary

BP Gulf oil disasterJust saw a documentary produced by or for the BBC on the disastrous Gulf oil spill of 2010. This hour-long documentary features the five major attempts and failures to avert this enormous environmental disaster and the key players involved in the oil company’s eventual success.

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Restoring the Gulf beyond Deepwater Horizon

Volunteers help plant and restore a salt marsh in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana

Since 1900, Louisiana has lost more than 1 million acres of wetlands and barrier shoreline. In just the past 50 years, more than 1,500 square miles of coastal Louisiana disappeared. The state could lose an additional 1,000 square miles of land by 2050– an area roughly the size of Rhode Island.

Since the oil spill of 2010, there has been some marshland die-off in critical marine life habitat areas like Barataria Basin. Birds and animals flock to the smaller islands of Barataria to mate and give birth. These islands were heavily oiled, resulting also in partial washing away in those areas.

To find out about the restoration efforts and challenges facing Louisiana and its wildlife, see http://bit.ly/I7xs0M.

Green Products for Earth Day (Part 1)

Inspired in 1970 by a U.S. Senator galvanized by a horrific oil spill off California’s coast, a grassroots movement has grown into a global celebration.

April 22nd marks the 41st annual anniversary of Earth Day – a day set aside to celebrate and increase our awareness of what we can do to nurture our planet. What began as a national “teach in” has blossomed into an event filled day that brings people together to learn about progress, issues and technological breakthroughs that are wrapped around the environmental movement.

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BP declines to give oil spill figures in latest sustainability report

BP tries to ignore the Gulf oil disaster of 2010 in its latest sustainability report

Is BP trying to pull the wool over people’s eyes yet again?

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Another oil rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico

The location in the Gulf of Mexico where Mariner Energy's oil rig exploded

 

An oil rig off the coast of Louisiana has exploded just west of BP’s disastrous oil spill and is burning, according to a report from the US Coast Guard.  

The platform, owned by Mariner Energy Inc., is located in shallow water (around 340 feet deep), unlike the Deepwater Horizon rig.  

Coast Guard spokesman Chief Petty Officer John Edwards said all 13 people aboard the Mariner rig were found floating in the water, sticking close together.  

For more on this breaking story, see http://3.ly/7zUc.