Gov. Bobby Jindal’s message has been loud and clear, using language such as “We will only be winning this war when we’re actually deploying every resource,” “They (the federal government) can provide more resources” and “It’s clear the resources needed to protect our coast are still not here.” But nearly two months after the governor requested – and the Department of Defense approved the use of 6,000 Louisiana National Guard troops – only a fraction – 1,053 – have actually been deployed by Jindal to fight the spill. – Gulf Coast Governors Leaving National Guard Idle – Thousands of Troops Called Up to Fight Oil Spill Haven’t Been Deployed
Al Gore tweeted the headline I used above. The story from MSNBC reveals the grim Gulf Coast reality that could lead to a mass die off.
Dolphins and sharks are showing up in surprisingly shallow water just off the Florida coast. Mullets, crabs, rays and small fish congregate by the thousands off an Alabama pier. Birds covered in oil are crawling deep into marshes, never to be seen again.
Marine scientists studying the effects of the BP disaster are seeing some strange — and troubling — phenomena.
Fish and other wildlife are fleeing the oil out in the Gulf and clustering in cleaner waters along the coast. But that is not the hopeful sign it might appear to be, researchers say.
The animals’ presence close to shore means their usual habitat is badly polluted, and the crowding could result in mass die-offs as fish run out of oxygen. Also, the animals could easily get devoured by predators. [...]
Greenpeace marine biologist John Hocevar says the impact of the BP blowout is just beginning. The news in the months ahead is only going to get worse where the ecosystem and the animals, birds and other wildlife are concerned.