Heavy Oil Coats Louisiana Marshland

As of Monday, more than 6 million feet of boom had been deployed to contain the BP oil spill.Yet, as we saw on the water today, this protective boom only works if it is properly maintained. Sounds easy until you find out that Louisiana has more than 7000 miles of tidal shoreline. Properly protecting these areas would require thousands of people on boats working around the clock.

As you can see in this video with NWF’s Amanda Moore, heavy oil has made it past the booms and onto the marsh only a few miles off shore in Louisiana’s Bay Jimmy.

You can see more photos from the trip on Flickr & more NWF videos on YouTube.

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