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May 5th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Oil slick threatens wildlife

(CNN) – For crews trying to clean up the oil slick in the gulf, the time to act is now. Calm winds and waves are preventing the worst of the oil from drifting ashore. And while officials say the slick should remain at sea for at least the next two days, already marine life is paying the price. Our David Mattingly saw first hand the impact this oil is having on the wildlife.

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Filed under: Environment • Gulf Oil Spill
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. AR

    David, why didn't you or anyone on the boat save the turtle that was clearly in distress? You just filmed it and then collected a sample of the water while the turtle ingested oil and sunk below the surface?

    May 13, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  2. Mark

    Do not be misled. The EPA knows exactly how toxic "Corexitt" is. They require testing of all "chemicals" used in the clean-up & publish those results in the "NCP List", The National Contingency Product List.
    There are many products listed that are non-toxic& have the ability to clean-up the spill. A simple analysis of the issue will reveal that the "oil companies" actually provide the raw materials for the compounding of
    "Corexit". In fact, "Corexit" previously was manufactured by Exxon before it sold the rights to Nalco. Check who sold all the "Corexit" to the government during the Exxon Valdeze spill. Again "if we keep doing what we"re doing...we will keep getting what we"re getting"

    May 6, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  3. Joan Fox

    This disaster is not the first time the oil companies ruin large parts of Louisiana. I own a house in New Orleans. The real reason Katrina almost wiped out the area is in part because the oil companies had degraded the wetlands. They are disappearing everyday. The wetlands are a natural barrier to hurricanes, they slow them down. Although levees and flood gates are necessary (and the government has paid for lots of upgrades since Katrina) we need to rebuild the wetlands or protecting the city from hurricanes will be a losing battle. And if the city disappears, a lot of people will lose their homes and America will have lost a part of its soul. Do we have to be slaves to the oil companies?

    May 5, 2010 at 10:27 am |