A large oil slick – 12-miles wide by 100-miles long – was spotted yesterday off Grand Isle, Louisiana, by pilot Bonny Schumaker, who heads up the California-based environmental nonprofit “On Wings of Care.” Ms. Schumaker confirmed that the slick is rapidly expanding, and reports that she will be returning to the site as soon as possible to further investigate the situation. New Orleans photographer Jerry Moran, who was flying with Schumaker, filed aerial photos.
Reports say that skimming operations have been under way for at least 24 hours now. Ms. Schumaker observed the slick roughly 25 miles from where BP’s Macondo well spewed more than 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf last year.
There are already allegations that the Coast Guard and other authorities are busy trying to cover up the spill, so stay tuned.
Details are still spotty but here’s a report from the Times-Picayune: http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2011/03/oil_sheen_in_gulf_of_mexico_un.html
Learn more about Bonny Schumaker’s organization “On Wings of Care” – and make donations – here: http://onwingsofcare.org/
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