Eimhear Marvel slept in a beanbag on the floor of the boat as her dad, Captain Peace Marvel, and I bounced across the choppy Gulf out of Venice, LA, Saturday afternoon. Eimhear (pronounced ‘emer’) is a strawberry-blond youngster who decided to accompany Peace and I on a trip to assess the extent to which oil from the April explosion of the Deepwater Horizon offshore rig had reached the Chandeleur Islands. But Eimhear had reasons of her own for being there. Two of her favorite animals were often to be seen on boat rides with her father, and she wanted to get a chance to see some dolphins and sea turtles.
When a human being ingests poison, some is absorbed in the stomach, and much is distributed to the vital organs by the blood vessels. For the Earth, the constant motion of water through its passageways can take oil and chemical dispersants to its most vulnerable and essential systems. Last night, a flight over some of the coastal wetlands and barrier islands of the Gulf of Mexico brought home the terror of this reality.
From wildlife refuge closures to hair “sausages” that might help sop up all that oil, here’s a roundup of oil spill news from Friday and Saturday.
Jamie Rappaport Clark considers the long-term costs of off-shore drilling in this video report from the Gulf.
It was day two of my Gulf Coast tour with Defenders of Wildlife. We wanted to visit this national park to understand better what awaits the mess of oil and toxic chemicals now loitering in the Gulf from the April disaster that has to date unleashed millions of gallons of oil into the waters of this region.