Louisiana Wetlands Endangered By the Gulf Oil Spill

The oil washing into the marshes along the Gulf Coast could be lethal to both plants and wildlife, but government officials and independent scientists are saying the mess might be impossible to clean up.

A couple of the risky clean-up ideas include setting the wetlands on fire and flooding certain areas to float the oil out of the area, but such aggressive tactics could do more harm than good, so the most viable option could be to just do nothing and let Mother Nature take care of herself.

While officials fear that oil from the Deepwater Horizon rig could eventually invade the shores from Texas to Florida, Louisiana is expected to be hardest hit. More than 50 miles of Louisiana’s shores have already been affected, including a major pelican rookery that was awash with oil on Saturday.

Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the head of the federal effort to contain and clean up the spill, says oil in the marshes is a worst-case scenario because of the numerous entry points within the bayous and man-made canals that the crude oil can enter from.

Governor Bobby Jindal and officials from several coastal parishes are asking permission to erect a $350 network of sand berms to link the barrier islands with the headlands and keep oil from entering into the marshes. The plan is currently awaiting approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Source: Yahoo News

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