Louisiana – Oil from a giant Gulf of Mexico slick washed ashore in Louisiana Friday, threatening an environmental calamity as the government mulled sending in the military to combat what officials called a national disaster. Republicans wonder what the fall out for their “drill baby drill” campaign in the last election will do in the up coming election. They aren’t the only ones as President Obama just recently gave the go ahead for future drilling off the American coast lines. With up to 200,000 gallons of oil a day spewing into the Gulf of Mexico from a ruptured well, the accident stemming from a sunken offshore rig may soon rival the Exxon Valdez disaster as the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
The wide leak threatens birds and other wildlife along fragile islands and barrier marshes and puts one of the world’s richest seafood grounds in peril. As response crews found the first bird coated with oil.
Workers with Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, which is based in Delaware, used Dawn blue dish washing soap to scrub the oil off the young Northern Gannet. The detergent is commonly used to clean animals.
Meanwhile, crews in boats patrolled coastal marshes looking for areas where the oil has flowed in, the Coast Guard said.
The National Weather Service predicted winds, high tides and waves through Sunday that could push oil deep into the inlets, ponds and lakes that line the boot of southeast Louisiana. Seas of 6 to 7 feet were pushing tides several feet above normal toward the coast, compounded by thunderstorms expected in the area Friday.
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