Condolences to the family and friends of the 11 men killed in the explosion.
The resultant oil spill is an ecological disaster that may already be as large as the Exxon Valdez spill, and could end up being both far, far larger and more devastating. It’s an historic tragedy.
COAST UNCLEAR: As the floating sludge enters the mouth of the Mississippi River, it’s directly threatening nesting pelicans and other seabirds, which can lose their natural insulation as their feathers clump, and also tend to swallow the oil as they preen, a futile attempt to clean themselves up. Mink, river otters, oysters and sea turtles are also likely to be affected, and Gulf Coast shrimpers are suing the sunken oil rig’s owners and operators, accusing them of negligence that has already cost them income as the oil spill ruins the start of shrimp season. Shrimp stocks are just beginning to make their annual migration from costal estuaries out to sea — “so they’re moving directly into the path of the spill,” says a spokeswoman for the Southern Shrimp Alliance. More than 200,000 feet of boom have been laid down to protect sandy beaches along the Gulf Coast, but experts say marshlands and bayous present a greater challenge in the effort to save wildlife from the encroaching oil . .
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