24 May 2010:
Oil Washes Into Wetlands
As Obama Administration Pressures BP
Oil from the Deepwater Horizon rig blowout is spreading across a 150-mile stretch of wetlands in Louisiana and Alabama, threatening vital marsh grasses and the shellfish and fish nurseries they harbor.
Gulf spill cleanup
In an effort to flush as much oil as possible from the wetlands, government officials have now opened wide all the Mississippi River floodgates above the affected coastline. Government and university scientists say that once oil seeps into the marshes, cleaning the spill is extremely difficult and that the only viable option for many affected areas is to do nothing and let nature break down the spill. Oil in the wetlands threatens to smother valuable grasses and plants and wipe out oyster beds and kill shrimp, crabs, and fish. As the oil spill grows — conservative estimates say the amount of oil spilled now equals half of the oil released in the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster — an angry U.S. Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, said the U.S. government may “push” BP “out of the way” and take over the effort to stop the gushing oil. The Environmental Protection Agency also said it is “evaluating all legal options” to force BP to use less toxic dispersants in an effort to break up the spill.
Yale Environment 360 is
a publication of the
Yale School of Forestry
& Environmental Studies
Yale Environment 360
articles are now available in Spanish and Portuguese on Universia
, the online educational network. Visit the site.
Business & Innovation
Policy & Politics
Pollution & Health
Science & Technology
Antarctica and the Arctic
Central & South America
Tribal people and ranchers join together to stop a project that would haul coal across their Montana land. Watch the video.
is now available for mobile devices at e360.yale.edu/mobile
An aerial view of why Europe’s per capita carbon emissions are less than 50 percent of those in the U.S. View the photos.
Ugandan scientists monitor the impact of climate change on one of Africa’s most diverse forests and its extraordinary wildlife. Learn more.
video series looks at the staggering amount of food wasted in the U.S. – a problem with major human and environmental costs. Watch the video.
video goes onto the front lines with Colorado firefighters confronting deadly blazes fueled by a hotter, drier climate. Watch the video.
A three-part series Tainted Harvest
looks at the soil pollution crisis in China, the threat it poses to the food supply, and the complexity of any cleanup. Read the series.