Saturday, May 1, 2010

My Oil Spill Posts at BlogHer and at Examiner


A graphic at NOLA.com helps readers
understand oil drilling technology and
what's happening beneath the oil spill.
An article at the L.A. Times explains
the technology in words.
My first post on the oil spill as its noxious odor drifted over New Orleans has been syndicated at Blogher.com, "Oil Slick Reaches Louisiana Shores: I Can't Pretend This Disaster Is Not Happening." In it I share my own anxiety about what's happening off the coasts and to wildlife, but I also include an excerpt from an L.A. Times article that explains the technology behind drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico and how the rig explosion may have happened.

In addition to that personal acknowledgment of this environmental crisis in the wake of the BP oil spill, I also published at Examiner.com a post about Louisiana's fragile coast. It looks at books to help people understand why wetlands restoration is important. Since it is under the New Orleans Literature Examiner, I focused on books about Louisiana. However, a reader dropped by and left a comment telling how much farther the oil spill damage may reach.
These are all good book recommendations for Louisiana, but the spill is likely to affect wetlands across the Gulf Coast. For a look at wetland issues in Florida, you should read "Paving Paradise: Florida's Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss," published in 2009 by the University Press of Florida. It's based on an award-winning series of stories in the St. Petersburg Times. (comment at NOLITEXAMINER)
The Times Picayune reports today that lawyers are flocking to Louisiana, gearing up for lawsuits. If you remember the Exxon Valdez oil disaster, then you knew this was coming. See this 2003 article about laws in Louisiana that protect oyster farmers.

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