Day 53 10 June 2010Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, The Battle for New Orleans.
An oiled White Ibis, right, is seen with a clean bird at an unnamed island in Barataria Bay off the coast of Louisiana Tuesday, June 8, 2010. The bird was oiled by the Deepwater Horizon spill in the gulf of Mexico [AP]
As though they flew to us, right off an Eqyptian wall painting.
Plant triage, of a sort… Or, how’s that time line of third year ”bounce back” working?
Maybe LSU (which has significant BP funding, btw) can start some quick work ups on oil resistant icebergs.
I’d say not working:
[W]e have a spectrum of things that are all the way from very resistant to very vulnerable,” he said.
Scientists are hoping to locate oil-resistant clumps of vegetation that they could divide and then re-divide, until they have enough to begin replanting along the coast.
“We are going to visually and hand-select the plants that are still living and show some viability, when all of their peers have died,” Gaude said.
However, developing any vegetation resistant to the oil spill is still in its very early stages. It is a complicated process that could take years to develop.
“What the oil is going to do when it gets into these shallow marshes, it’s going to deplete the oxygen from the water, which will probably kill a lot of fish as well,” said Herdis Neil, owner of T-Beb Wetland Nursery in Montegut.
His business is part nursery, part science lab. Large pots are sit with grasses soaking in oil, that was pulled from the Gulf of Mexico spill. Neil has worked with the LSU AgCenter on past projects and is now working with a Gretna-based company to develop a compound, which could minimize the impact of oil by helping in the marshes process more oxygen.
“We’re going to lose the Louisiana coast,” Neil said. “We’re losing it to saltwater now and [the oil spill] is just going to make it happen a lot faster.”
Meanwhile, the LSU AgCenter is hoping to fully identify which vegetation appears to be the most oil-resistant by next spring.
I especially like the single comment to the article:
geno3124 said on June 9, 2010 at 6:34 PM
How about inventing some oil resistant polititions