Thursday, June 24, 2010

Still Betting Things Won't Go From Bad to Worse?

Apparently the Obama Administration isn't worried about the Louisiana marshland, because they seem determined to stop protection efforts. Federal Gov't Halts Sand Berm Dredging.
The federal government has shut down the dredging that was being done to create protective sand berms in the Gulf of Mexico.

The berms are meant to protect the Louisiana coastline from oil. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department has concerns about where the dredging is being done.
Fish and Wildlife wants the dredging to move two miles farther offshore, into deeper water. That will take seven days. [click the image for a larger view of the map.]

Of course the Fish and Wildlife Department isn't talking to NOAA. (The graphic is from Weather Underground, based on NOAA prediction models. Can't recommend WUnderground enough for storm info.) Currently there is only a tropical wave in the Caribbean, but that could change. According to the National Hurricane Center there is a "medium" chance that this low could become a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours. And as you can see, two of the projected paths would take that cyclone right into the Louisiana coastline.

Do you think that might have some impact on any of the following?
  1. BP's efforts to control the spill
  2. The ability to build berms to protect the shoreline
  3. The amount of oil in the marshes
No, I'm sure Fish and Wildlife doesn't have anything to worry about.

So, who wants to bet against National Hurricane Center, and bet on Fish and Wildlife?

1 comment:

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

From: US Fish and Wildlife Dept.
To: Louisiana
Subject: Protective berms

ZOMG!!!11eleven11!! What are you doing!!! You can't just go and protect the environment willy-nilly! You have to follow The Rulz!! It doesn't matter that the environment will be destroyed before you can finish filling out all the forms and we decide if we like what you want to do, you have to follow The Rulz!! If you don't follow The Rulz!! it could destroy the environment!!! There can be no deviation from The Rulz!! ZOMG!!!!