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That sinking feeling along the U.S. Gulf Coast

The oil is no longer gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from the broken BP well, and a final “bottom kill” is in prospect — though delayed by an iffy weather forecast. That means the environment’s on the mend along the Gulf Coast, right?

Not really. There’s the little problem of subsidence to deal with.

Because the Mississippi River has been channeled to control flooding, coastal wetlands have been starved of sediment. Without fresh sediment coming down the river, wetlands can’t keep up with erosion and protective marshes can turn into open water. Subsidence is what this phenomenon is called.

This sinking is already occurring near Venice, where marinas cluster around the toe of Louisiana’s boot shape.

Photo credit:  REUTERS/Sean Gardner (Oiled crane on a tree limb on a small island in Bay Barataria near Grand Isle, Louisiana June 12, 2010)

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Irresponsible to declare Gulf oil crisis over

– Dr. Bruce Stein is associate director for wildlife conservation and global warming at the National Wildlife Federation. Any views expressed here are his own. —

Here at the National Wildlife Federation, we’re encouraged by reports of progress in permanently sealing the Gulf oil gusher and at removing oil from the Gulf’s surface. But we’re concerned that both BP and our federal government seem eager to declare the crisis over even as oil continues sullying the habitats on which the Gulf’s wildlife and seafood industry depend.

While Wednesday’s NOAA report touted that only a quarter of the oil is in marshes or still on the surface, it says another quarter was naturally or chemically

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Campaign seeks to offset Gulf spill damage


An organization dedicated to promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency has launched a website that appeals to the current anti-oil sentiment sparked by the ongoing Gulf tragedy.

Called MyGulfAction.com, the website was designed to

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Oil Spills Everywhere: China Fights Exploded Pipeline Oil Spill

I know it’s fiendish to look at it this way, but it’s “nice” to see that the United States is not the only country or area of the world dealing with poor management of our petroleum resources.

It’s just plain sad, really. Farmer’s, wildlife and countless others are affected by oil spills all over the world, with new spills occurring on a monthly basis if not more frequently. Consumers can give a sigh of relief that the oil spills here in the Gulf of Mexico and in China in the Yellow Sea near the Port of Dalian, haven’t affected gasoline prices. Yet.

The Dalian pipeline explosion occurred on July 16, 2010. Fortunately, it was easier to stop the oil flow because the pipeline wasn’t a mile below the surface of the ocean. China National Television reported the cleanup is underway with more than 100,000 gallons of the estimated 400,000 spilled oil having been collected. 

To keep this oil spill in perspective, the BP leak has allowed an estimated 94 million to 184 million gallons to escape into the Gulf of Mexico, according to the Associated Press.

Researchers from the China Environmental Science Research Institute estimate that the ecological harm from the Dalian spill is likely to last a decade. At this time, the damage to the Gulf of Mexico is too large to estimate.

For both spills, the effects will take 10-20 years or more to fully be felt as the contamination of oil carcinogens passes up through the food chain, from animals to humans.

Greenpeace China estimated that over 10,000 shellfish farms have been contaminated, and fishing has been banned around the Port of Dalian until the end of August.

The Dalian spill covers a 165 square mile stretch of the Yellow Sea.

How many oil spills will it take for us as a civilization to really get serious about cleaner, renewable, alternative energy sources?


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