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Lack of Leadership, again

Some days I think that no matter how long I live here I will always feel the frustration of wondering what it will take to get us to change our head-in-the-sand mentality toward the fragile environment we inhabit. There were hopeful moments in the aftermath of the Federal Flood . . . even a few moments of outright optimism. And yet even now . . .

From California:

“If I have a choice between the $100 million [for drilling] and what I see in the Gulf of Mexico, I’d rather just figure out how to make up for that $100 million,” [Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger] said May 3.

From Louisiana:

Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is steadfastly against a moratorium on Gulf Coast deepwater drilling – as are other members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation. Republican Sen. David Vitter has seen fit to chastise Congress for holding hearings on the growing crisis before the deep-sea leak has been plugged.

From the CS Monitor

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Deepwater Screw-Up

The leak from a blown-out well a mile underwater is five times bigger than first believed. Faint fingers of oily sheen were reaching the Mississippi River delta late Thursday, lapping the Louisiana shoreline in long, thin lines. Thicker oil was about five miles offshore.

The oil slick could become the nation’s worst environmental disaster in decades, threatening to eclipse even the Exxon Valdez in scope. It imperils hundreds of species of fish, birds and other wildlife along the Gulf Coast, one of the world’s richest seafood grounds, teeming with shrimp, oysters and other marine life. reports the Associated Press.

BP and the Federal Government Public Hotlines:

To report oiled or injured wildlife, call 1-866-557-1401.

To discuss spill related damage claims, call 1-800-440-0858.

To report oil on land and for Community and Volunteer Information, call 1-866-448-5816.

To offer your vessel for service or submit alternative response technology, services or products, call 281-366-5511 or email HorizonSupport@OEGLLC.com

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