For most of us, the ocean touches something deep within, and carries at least a bit of a spiritual connotation. We remember the first time that, as small children, we saw the glimmer of the sea, we were mesmerized by the waves, we wondered at the fragile and unusual wildlife. We carry salt water in our veins, so it not unexpected that we should empathize with the ocean itself, as if it heals us when we most need healing, and we hear it when it’s lure calls us home to the things that really matter in our lives.
Defenders of Wildlife
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Jamie Rappaport Clark, executive vice president for Defenders of Wildlife said, “To ensure the scientific integrity and transparency of MMS’ environmental review process, the administration must halt the issuance of new drilling permits, particularly in Alaska, as well as halt action on any permits clouded by the perverse incentive system and the historic culture of corruption surrounding MMS.
The brown pelican is currently found along the coastlines of all five states in the Gulf of Mexico, and it is the state bird of Louisiana. Once listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, this coastal bird was only recently deemed recovered—and it is now imperiled again, this time from oil.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, Defenders’ expert Richard Charter discusses BP’s “top kill” strategy for containing the leak from the Deepwater Horizon rig that continues to spew oil into the Gulf of Mexico. He says that although the oil industry has taken on riskier drilling in deeper waters, “spill cleanup and containment technology hasn’t really changed since the 1950’s.”
Today, Defenders of Wildlife and the Southern Environmental Law Center notified BP that they would file suit against the company for the unauthorized take of endangered species caused by the continuing oil spill and use of dispersants.