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June 10th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Who's really in charge of Gulf bird rescue operation?

(CNN) – Some of the most disturbing images we've seen from the Gulf oil disaster are birds and other wildlife coated in oil and fighting for every breath. Rescuing these birds and nursing them back to health is a delicate task. Our Jim Acosta went to see the operation firsthand and hit a roadblock, which left him asking – who is in charge?

Related: At wildlife rehab center, oiled pelicans get a second chance


Filed under: Environment • Gulf Oil Spill
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Jim Fleming

    Honestly, there are 300 million people in the US with volunteers capable of getting the job done. I see the same problem time and time again when you are faced with disasters not involving humans; lots of talk the talk and very little, walk the walk.......really George Washington would be rolling into action right now and if he had acted in this manner on July 2 1778, well, who knows where CNN and the rest of you would be........Mr. President, too many cooks spoil the stew so LEAD, FOLLOW or get out of the WAY and let the American people get to work to save their wildlife and the American Way.....

    The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army........July 2, 1776 General George Washington.

    June 14, 2010 at 11:11 pm |
  2. Marny Bonner, President, Aust Seabird Rescue

    No point chasing birds that can still fly! Pelicans can be easily lured and with fish – something Australian Seabird Rescue (ASR) has been very adept at over the past 17 years – very little stress and a LOT less time. We have several different methods of catching birds that can still fly but which can be lured... ANY species. Looking forward to contributing soon... a small ASR team arriving next week and looking forward to assisting with birds that can still fly. But best wishes to all who are continuing the rescue efforts, and especially to those reporters sending news out to the rest of a very deeply concerned and worried world.

    June 11, 2010 at 9:32 pm |
  3. Mary

    As an American and a Louisianan, I am ashamed and sickened by the secrets surrounding this whole catastrophe. I live in Louisiana; shouldn't I be privy to the REAL current state of this catastrophe?

    June 11, 2010 at 9:05 pm |
  4. ted

    just saw u report that DHS called and apologized for BP's behavior and that they didnt want it to relflect on them. It was a guy in an army uniform that told you not to film, his behavior. I can understand why BP wants to CYA legally and PR wise but why does it seem like the guy in the army uniform was enforcing "BP's" behavior. Are they under some kind of obligation to provide "security" as defined by BP. People just dont understand why it seems like BP is dictating everything.

    June 11, 2010 at 8:53 am |
  5. Mac K

    Ask Tri State Bird Rescue why they are not bringing on board any of the hundreds of qualified wildlife rescue orgs that are trying to assist; and how much is BP paying them as the official Wildlife Contractor.

    June 11, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  6. barb

    who built BP's tent city? Halliburton?

    June 11, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  7. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The Secrets would suggest that the birds are being disposed of in hopefully a humane way .

    June 10, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  8. H.E. Roby

    This so troubling. Obvioulsy BP hasn't gotten much right so far. Now why do they have to make the rehab of these poor defenseless animals off limits? If they think seeing this will make them look worse, too late! They couldn't look any more distant and uncaring. Let's see how they helping these poor creatures. They haunt me.

    June 10, 2010 at 10:24 am |