Since we will probably be dealing with this oil spill tragedy for many months or years to come, I thought it would probably be worthwhile to start a single thread for news updates and miscellaneous information.
This will not only keep things organized, but also those people who want to contribute or follow the thread can do so, and those who are not interested don’t have to follow it, or get additional email notifications every time someone posts.
Try posting only articles that deal with a new development. No sense in everyone posting various articles the same day that don’t tell us anything new.
There are various environmental groups who have already responded with action alerts and letter-writing campaigns. I think it would be fine to share that information here as well.
Dolphin mystery just one piece of oil-spill puzzle
GULFPORT -- The investigation into the many infant dolphin deaths along the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama will be multi-faceted in the months to come and watched by dozens of agencies and hundreds of attorneys in litigation with BP.
But why the young mammals died and continue to die prematurely, weeks before the birthing season in the northern Gulf, may remain forever a mystery.
By the end of the week, there had been 39 confirmed deaths, an unprecedented number for Mississippi and Alabama, but not as unusual for the much-larger Texas coast.
Tissue samples will be checked for signs of oil. There’s no ignoring that crude oil from BP’s well was gushing into the environment when the mother dolphins were in their early months of pregnancy.
The samples are being taken from the small carcasses and preserved under a strict protocol using a chain of custody that requires a witness and written access just to see them, because of the BP litigation and federal scrutiny.
Read the rest on SunHerald.com.