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Mike Tidwell visits The Armchair Anglers Podcast

June 22, 2010 1 comment

In this month’s episode we are joined by Bayou Farewell author and Gulf Coast expert Mike Tidwell.  Mike gives us his first-hand account of how the oil spill is threatening America’s wetlands.  Later, Bo and Clint discuss BASS happenings while in “Casual Friday” mode.

—CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO EPISODE 7, JUNE 2010–





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More experts agree–Oil leak much larger than 5,000 barrels a day

May 14, 2010 5 comments

NPR reports that the leak might be 70,000 barrels a day--more than 10 times higher than the amount reported by BP. (Photo: BP)

NPR is reporting that the oil spill could be much worse than believed, with up to 70,000 barrels of oil per day leaking into the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast. Read more…

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Louisiana Oil Spill Coverage – Live Blog #2

April 30, 2010 4 comments

We will do our best to keep our readers informed about Transocean oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Some of the coverage from major networks leads me to believe that they do not fully realize the damaging scope of this event, or the serious environmental impact this is going to have.

Clint and I are changing plans for the May podcast episode so that we can give this topic the attention it deserves.  It looks like the May podcast will exclusively cover this topic.  Tentative guest include Mike Tidwell, author of Bayou Farewell, Andy Crawford of the LouisianaSportsman.com, and an oil and gas expert from LSU geo engineering dept.

Stay tuned as I will attempt provide interesting links.  I invite our readers to submit links about the topic in the comments section below.

04/30/2010 1:12 PM CST

4/30/2010 3:30 PM CST

I have made several phone calls to biologists to try to ascertain the effect the crude oil will have on the marsh vegetation holding the Louisiana coastline together.  It depends on so many factors none can say for certain…it depends on how diluted the oil is.   The truth is no one knows for certain what the long term damages will be.  If they can’t plug the leak it is going to be very bad.  The WSJ says that the leak might be 25,000 barrels a day…5X higher than the 5,000 barrels originally reported.

4/30/2010 5:27 PM

  • The phrase, “worst environmental disaster in American history” is being used more and more frequently.  Click here for example.
  • Anyone who ever uttered “drill baby drill” is getting hammered by the  Huffington Post and similar news outlets.
  • The LA Times actually has some good coverage of this.  I refused to post a link earlier because I thought they had Greenpeace ads all over their site, turns out it says “Greenspace“–a special section of their paper.

04/30/2010 7:04 PM CST

  • This is the first report I have read about plans to actually stop the leaking.   Two weeks is the best case scenario to stop the leaking.  That means this will trump Valdez by a long shot.

04/30/2010 9:39 PM CST

New Poll — Will this be the worst eco-disaster in history?

4/30/2010 10:46 PM CST

Nola.com reports that the State of Louisiana has closed fishing from the Mississippi River mouth to the Mississippi state line.

05/01/2010 10:30 AM CST

Times Picayune Video: “We will lose miles of grass around the shoreline”

05/01/2010 10:40 AM CST

This Times Picayune reporter is the first I have heard that gets the big picture.  All the images of sick and dying birds, otters and raccoons are going to be heart breaking…but ultimately they could reproduce and repopulate.  If they have habitat that is…It is the permanent damage to the habitat (marsh grass), and unsexy organisms a the bottom of the food chain, that is going to cause irreparable damage to the entire eco system.  I don’t think it will ever be the same, which is why I voted “yes” in our oil spill pollClick here to see the Times Picayune video.

THIS LIVE BLOG IS CONTINUED HERE

WSJ Reports Coast Guard to Burn Oil Slick

April 28, 2010 2 comments

In the center of the photo you see the massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico. The land to the left is Venice, LA, where Michael Iaconelli won his Bassmater Classic.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Coast Guard plans to burn parts of the 100 mile long by 45 miles wide oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico.  They are trying to keep the oil from reaching land that is about 15 miles away.

Armchair anglers will recall that this is the area where Michael Iaconelli had his famous “never give up” moment in the 2003 Bassmaster Classic.

Considering erosion, the Mississippi River Delta has enough environmental problems already.

An area close to the slick is called the “Southwest Pass”, and marks where the biggest mouth of the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico.  This spot is arguably the best fishing spot in all of North America.

The Louisiana Delta is the richest estuary in North America, surpassing the everglades in importance to marine life and migratory birds.  Much of the Delta–especially Plaquemines Parish–has already succumbed to a terrible erosion problem.

What is my opinion? You have to think that burning the oil is a better solution than contaminating what little wetlands of Plaquemines Parish are left.

Although it is hard to fathom that we live in world where the government is concerned about the extra gas I burn when I drive through a drive-though—yet they are about to burn an oil slick the size of Jamaica!

I am surprised Al Gore isn’t on TV having a conniption fit about the air pollution this is going to create.

If you are an armchair angler and have watched any fishing shows on TV at all, you have probably seen several shows filmed in this area…bass fishing, inshore fishing, and offshore fishing.  This is a story worth watching…

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