Oil Spill Crude Disaster

Apr 10, 2012 6:36 PM by Jenise Fernandez

National Wildlife Federation Releasing Information on the State of the Gulf of Mexico

New details just coming out about the state of the Gulf of Mexico, nearly two years after the crude disaster.

It's been a long time since owner of Cajun Fishing Adventures, Captain Ryan Lambert has seen oil in Barataria bay, but he says something isn't right.

"I can't put my finger on it. I know what was and what is, but I'm no scientist. I know there's a problem," he said.

The water is usually full of life, but Lambert notices it's been quiet.

"There aren't a lot of shrimp schools jumping, birds aren't flocking, there's just a lack of animals," said Lambert.

A dead white pelican with oil on its wings, just one of the images the National Wildlife Federation captured last month in the bay, including oil still in marshes.

"No matter what type of clean up you do, it's highly unlikely you'll recover anymore than 10% of the oil," said Dr. Doug Inkley.

He says wildlife in the Gulf is still suffering. Dolphins are in poor-health in heavily oiled areas, there are fewer Atlantic bluefin tuna and sea turtles, and coastal wetlands are rapidly deteriorating. Dr. Inkley says shrimp depend on wetlands and if the wetlands keep disappearing, it could devastate the shrimp industry.

"The long term well-being of the shrimp industry is at risk, if we don't do anything to stop and reverse this continuing dramatic decline in wetlands," said Inkley.

The National Wildlife Federation hopes lawmakers pass the Restore Act. It would dedicate 80 percent of the Clean Water Act penalties charged to BP to restore the Gulf coast. Currently, the bill is stalled in the house.



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