Sunday, May 9, 2010

As It Stands: Oil politics legacy: Destroying gulf coast ecosystem since 1950s

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By Dave Stancliff/For the Times-Standard

Posted: 05/09/2010 01:30:19 AM PDT

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill may signal the final battle in a war on the fragile ecosystems of the coastal states that was launched decades ago by Big Oil.

Oil companies steadily destroyed the Gulf Coast's ecosystems since the 1950s, when they carved canals through the marsh to make way for drilling rigs and pipelines, according to John Lopez, director of sustainability at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.

No one knows exactly how much oil is escaping (estimates keep going up). Last week President Obama said, “We're dealing with a massive and potentially unprecedented environmental disaster.” Environmentally, the spill couldn't have happened at a better time to cause maximum damage to wildlife and the fishing industry.

As if that damage isn't bad enough, even the coastal land is threatened, as the dwindling marsh grasses will be killed by the oil. “The result,” said Michael Parr, vice president of the American Bird Conservancy “could mean the elimination of a natural barrier that keeps Louisiana's coastline from eroding.”

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Related stories: Federal regulators haven’t kept up up with oil drilling expansion

               Try to divert Gulf oil aborted; tar blobs hit Ala.

                   Photos from the Deepwater Horizon oil leak in the gulf

UPDATE:

Blogs/web sites that have picked up today’s column: (as of 10:16 a.m. PST) 

Politics Today 

ALL Voices   

Political Wind                                     

Examiner.com Eureka

Google News

Oil Online

Caring for Environment

My Blue Planet

Waterintel.com

2 comments:

Tom Sebourn said...

Dave, I read this in the Times Standard today. Good article.

ImBlogCrazy said...

Thanks Tom.