NEW ORLEANS --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.]
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.
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?
- BP's efforts to control the spill
- The ability to build berms to protect the shoreline
- The amount of oil in the marshes
So, who wants to bet against National Hurricane Center, and bet on Fish and Wildlife?