Last night was not the first time we got lost, but it was the worst time. We ended up at the edge of a dark Louisiana graveyard with towering monuments to the bayou’s wealthy dead. At midnight, after a day on a boat in the humid soup of the Gulf surrounded by brown pelicans turned black and orange with oil spilled from the Deepwater Horizon, we would have preferred night demons torturing us in our sleep to an endless drive around unknown stretches of the city. But there we were. We were all being patient, kind, (did I mention patient?) strenuously patient, but so, so, tired.
On a Pensacola beach, with the oil sheen only 5 miles away, Defenders board members and NBC special correspondent Jeff Corwin tells MSNBC that while in the Gulf this week, friend Jamie Rappaport Clark told him, ‘I’ve never seen anything like this, it’s like armaggedon.'” Jeff discusses the heartbreaking rescue of wildlife such as brown pelicans, and what the spill means for Gulf habitat.
As oil approaches the beaches of Pensacola, Defenders board members and NBC special correspondent Jeff Corwin discusses what the oil spill will mean for wetlands in Louisiana. “I pray that what I’ve been seeing in Louisiana does not find its way to the shores of Florida,” he says on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”(See Jeff at 5:20)
It was final day in the Gulf for this trip, and after an early morning interview on camera with a local CBS affiliate we jumped back into the car (again) to head along the coast. We heard the reports that Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge had been hit with oil since the last time we were there. Knowing it’s sea turtle nesting season in that area, we decided to check in with the refuge staff and see what the impacts have been.
Learn more from Mike Senatore, vice president of Conservation Law at Defenders, about why Defenders and SELC plan to file suit against BP for the unauthorized killing and harming of endangered species in the Gulf caused by the continuing oil spill and use of chemical dispersants.