Video- Gulf Still in Jeopardy After BP Oil Spill

This is a best guess report since a lot of the facts and figures are still tied up in the legal case against BP but according to the National Wildlife Federation this report card on the state of the gulf coast environment after the spill is not good.

As part of the "Share the Beach" program, Mike Reynolds rides the beaches almost everyday, "We still have a lot of issues." Of particular interest to him the sea turtles. "They took a big hit. We lost during the oil spill more than 600 turtles and that's just what we found and we know there's got to be many more that we never found."

A new report out by the National Wildlife Federation says the oil spill is definitely not over and while Alabama and Florida are doing better than Mississippi and Louisiana the after affects of the oil spill will be felt for years if not decades.

"Although the oil has stopped flowing from the well head and gas has stopped spewing from the well head the gulf oil spill is not over." A new report by senior scientist Doug Inkey presented his findings in a webinar from the National Wildlife Federation paints a grim picture of the gulf of mexico.

Video shot in May of 2010 and again two years later shows the dramatic loss of habitat near Barataria Bay west of the Mississippi river. Oozing oil can easily be found in mangroves and barrier islands in that region. According to Dr. Inkey only two percent of the wildlife killed by the oil spill, including an unprecedented number of dolphin, were ever recovered.

"It is far from over. It will be a long time understanding until the affects fully play themselves out. It's in the interest of people and wildlife that long term restoration be undertaken. It is critical that we do this," says Inkey.

For sea turtles, this will be a crucial nesting season. They only nest every other year. "Our oil spill turtles are coming back. We are keen to see how many come back and how they do." Two years later, even Reynolds feels something is not right. "There is something wrong in their environment we need to fix."

The fix that the scientists say will help restore the gulf is the Restore Act. It would funnel all the fine money back to the five gulf states and fund restoration projects to help reverse the damage caused by the gusher in the gulf.

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