This week, Hurricane Creekkeeper John Wathen, presents a video covering 8 months of environmental and community damage from the BP oil disaster. The effected community he highlights is Dauphin Island Beach in Alabama. "Some knew they were saying goodbye to a lifestyle," he writes in his film introduction, "while others thought it would only be a short break in the action."
According to independent tests by Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper (LMRK), several food species sampled off coastal Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico showed significant levels of petroleum contamination. High levels of petroleum hydrocarbons were found in flounder, speckled trout and oysters that otherwise appeared "pristine" upon initial visual inspection.
LMRK also noted that petroleum contamination appeared to be moving up the coastal food chain with high levels of the same hydrocarbons found in samples taken from local sea gull populations.
Congress is now back in session. But, will they act for a healthy Gulf?
A Trip Through the Mississippi River Delta Basin by Marc Yaggi, Deputy Director, Waterkeeper Alliance
Wed, 2010-12-01 07:50 | by Waterkeeper Alliance
On Thursday, November 18, I ventured out into the far reaches of the Mississippi River Delta Basin and the Gulf of Mexico with Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper’s (LMRK) Paul Orr, Michael Orr, and Jeffrey Dubinsky. We wanted to catch shrimp, oysters, crabs, and fish from waters around the Basin’s South Pass, East Bay, and Southwest Pass that we could send for lab analysis. Testing would eventually determine whether or not the organisms we captured were contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons or polyaromatic hydrocarbons from BP’s Macondo oil well.