Archive for Two Years Later
Two years after the start of the BP oil spill, dolphins in the northern Gulf of Mexico are dying in unprecedented numbers. This month marks a record-shattering 26 consecutive months of above-average dolphin strandings. Only 5 percent of the stranded dolphins were recovered alive and their prognosis was usually poor.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently did an in-depth study of 32 dolphins in Barataria Bay, an area that was heavily oiled during the BP oil spill. The researchers found that many of the animals were underweight, anemic, had low hormone levels, low blood sugar, and some had signs of liver damage. These symptoms are consistent with those seen in other mammals exposed to oil. One of the dolphins in the study has since been found dead.
As a top-level predator, the poor health of dolphins in the most heavily oiled areas suggests possible ecosystem-wide effects of the oil. Dolphins can inhale oil vapors, ingest oil when feeding, absorb it through their skin or eat contaminated fish.
Scientists with NOAA are continuing to investigate the factors that may be contributing to the dolphin mortalities.No Comments
Two years after the start of the oil spill, a significant stretch of the Gulf Coast remains affected.
A recent article in National Geographic quotes Jacqueline Michel, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) coordinator for the Shoreline Clean-up Assessment Program saying, “The current oiling, where you still see anything on the shoreline, is around 450 miles as of February 25.” The affected areas stretch from Louisiana to Florida.
An earlier NOAA report documented a total of 1,050 total linear miles of oiled shoreline in the period after the spill. In April 2011—one year after the spill began—mostly light oil or tar balls persisted on more than 500 linear miles of shoreline. Extrapolating from these two data points—both from NOAA—it appears that only an additional 50 or so miles have been cleaned in the past year.
From April 20th, 2010 through April 5th, 2011 some 1,149 sea turtles washed up along the gulf coast. Of the dead turtles, an overwhelming majority were Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, the most endangered sea turtle species in the world, which nests only in the Gulf of Mexico.
Last month alone, 40 more dead sea turtles were found on the shores of Mississippi, proving that two years later, the worst effects of the BP oil spill are far from over.No Comments
Welcome to the first day of “Two Years Later.” We’re kicking off the week with a video from our partners at Environmental Defense Fund showing some of the awful destruction that took place as a result of the 2010 BP oil spill. After all that, can you believe that two years later, the gulf coast STILL has not received any money from the Clean Water Act penalties?
This week marks the two year anniversary of the BP oil spill
Do you remember where you were on April 20th, 2010 – when news broke of the horrific explosion on the Deepwater Horizon BP oil rig, killing 11 workers, injuring 17 others and wreaking unimaginable havoc on the already struggling gulf coast? Do you remember the fiery inferno, the polluted water or the oil-covered dead animals that flooded the media shortly thereafter?
Before we go any further, stop everything you’re doing, and take 10 seconds to –
Trust us. You’ll be glad you did. Welcome to “Two Years Later,” a commemoration of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill (seriously, we can’t believe it’s already been two years either). All week long, we’ll be posting stories, photos and videos to honor all that was lost in the devastating events of the BP oil spill and send a strong message to our legislators that gulf coast is still in dire need of restoration. For instance, did you know that as recently as two weeks ago, oil was found washing up on the shores of coastal Louisiana, despite claims from BP that the cleanup was successful? Did you also know that penalties from BP have STILL not been delivered to the gulf?
All week long, we’ll be sharing facts and stories about the oil spill and how it has affected the gulf, and we hope you’ll join us by ‘liking,’ commenting, sharing and tweeting our stories as well.
Be sure to check Delta Dispatches all week long to take part in our daily action. And this Friday, April 20th, the official 2 year anniversary of the explosion that started it all, we’ll be organizing a national day of action to send a strong message to our legislators that we need gulf coast restoration.
Thanks in advance for helping us spread the message. And remember –
(so easy, right?)