The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will have a high environmental cost on the people and ecosystem of Louisiana. The coastline of the US state is the site of major shrimp fishing grounds and oyster beds.
It has been over a week since the drilling platform collapsed, and more and mroe oil is moving steadily towards the mouth of the Mississippi River. Barges and tugboats have been hard at work trying to contain the spill, laying down booms.
Billy Nungesser, President of Plaquemine Parish, says they’re doing all they can to contain the disaster: “We know the weather’s coming. We know the wind is going to be 25 to 30 knots blowing that oil into the bayous. Somebody’s got to be able to draw a line in the sand.”
However, it seems as though the fight to stop the slick reaching land is being lost. The flow of oil from the underwater well has not been stopped yet. On Wednesday, two Louisiana commercial shrimpers filed a lawsuit, accusing the rig operators of negligence and seeking compensation.
As well as fishing, hundreds of species of wildlife living on the coast are also in danger, as the winds are set to push the slick into the bayou by the weekend.