Dean A. Wilson, Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, on why he decided to get certfied to rescue oiled birds even though he was told that being certified didn't mean that he would be allowed to rescue birds:
"Yeah, but they can no longer say that we are not qualified to do the job.
Over the past few months, we have seen BP's Oil in forms all to familar, black tar balls and ribbons of black oil washed up on beaches, fingers of oil slicks with mulifaceted rainbows of colors and chocolate milk colored moose oil. Much less familiar, thousands of rusty/brown "pebbles" made of oil and sand washing in on the surf; rusty/brown gooey oil/dispersant on water bottoms and floating globs at the surface, clinging to marsh lands and dripping from wildlife. In the begining, we believed&nbs
A tug boat hit a new well head in the middle of the night, did not stop. The well spewed oil into Bayou Perot, in the Upper Barataria Watershed, all night until the US Coast Guard responded to a call reporting the spill. Oil spread as far north as Lake Salvador and as far south as Little Lake. The waterbottoms became an unprotuctive fishing ground for three years following this, so called, minor spill in our estuary.