Doomed Pelicans: British Petroleum Neglecting Booms in Pelican Rookery

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Georgianne Nienaber: Dawn offered a grand sunrise, and as our skiff skimmed over relatively flat seas, the endless sky was a counterpoint to the sickening sheen on the water’s surface, blobs of red-orange light crude, and worse yet, bubbles of foam and oil that indicated controversial dispersants had done their job, suspending oil in the water column, making the water opaque and denying sunlight to the organisms below.

Crosscurrents on the Gulf of Mexico

The International Bird Rescue Research Center facility in Fort Jackson, Louisiana, US. Erica Miller (left), veterinarian with the Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research and colleagues clean a Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) covered in oil from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead.   (Photo: Daniel Beltrá/Greenpeace)

Lydia Howell: The nesting place for migrating birds and the womb for shrimp and oysters is being destroyed. No one — not British Petroleum or the Coast Guard — was there trying to prevent or clean up the silent horror. CNN’s Anderson Cooper dipped his rubber-gloved hand into the Gulf water and it came up coated with oil. Phillipe Cousteau, son of famous oceanographe Jacques Cousteau, dove into the toxic soup of oil particles and dispersant, a dead sea emptied of creatures.

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