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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

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