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BP oil spill reaches delicate wetlands of Louisiana

May 21, 2010, 1:41 pm

The Guardian
Suzanne Goldenberg

Local reports described heavy sheets of oil clogging marshes in Mississippi delta that provide haven for migratory birds

Thick sheets of crude oil spread through the delicate wetlands of Louisiana today, as the BP oil spill continued to threaten the American coastline.

Local reports described heavy sheets of oil the consistency of latex paint clogging the marshes in the Mississippi delta that provide a haven for migratory birds, and buffer the shore from Gulf hurricanes.

"This is what everyone wanted to avoid, because the wetlands are the nursery for everything that swims or crawls in the Gulf of Mexico," said John Hocevar, oceans campaigner for Greenpeace. "Once the oil gets stuck in there we are pretty much stuck with it."

The sightings of heavy crude over the last 24 hours were seen as a far more serious threat to nesting birds, spawning fish and endangered sea turtles than the scattered tar balls and light sheen spotted earlier on the shoreline. "Twenty-four miles of Plaquemines parish is destroyed. Everything in it is dead," Billy Nungesser, head of the parish in southern Louisiana, told MSNBC after a tour of the marshes.

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