Did You Hear About The BP Oil Spill? Oh, You Did....

Ugh, that oil spill. What an effing disaster.

I have no idea how this will ever ever ever be solved, but saw this last week (yeah, I'm a week behind in my reading) and made note of it (though apparently not the source...):
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported 522 dead birds — at least 38 of them oiled — along the Gulf coast states, and more than 80 oiled birds have been rescued. It's not clear exactly how many of the deaths can be attributed to the spill.

Dead birds and animals found during spills are kept as evidence in locked freezers until investigations and damage assessments are complete, according to Teri Frady, a spokeswoman for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

"This includes strict chain-of-custody procedures and long-term locked storage until the investigative and damage assessment phases of the spill are complete," she wrote in an e-mail.

Let me point out the most important part of this news segment:
Dead birds and animals found during spills are kept as evidence in locked freezers until investigations and damage assessments are complete..

Um...we do not know when that will be...it could be months, a year maybe, YEARS?? And in the meantime, we are going to store countless numbers of dead animals in a locked freezer? Until damage assessments are COMPLETE. I don't see how that's going to happen anytime soon. And in the meantime, we are keeping each carcass???  That seems a bit insane. I hate that this oil spill happened---it was a stupid corporate decision not to have a plan in place to fix this "what if" scenario...but isn't it also stupid for us to save EVERY bird & animal who dies because of it?  Can't someone just log the numbers in a database somewhere? Or maybe in a journal ($2.99 at Target)?

Stupid + Stupid = Stupid.

Photo via treehugger.com (ha-I'm not kidding, that's a real website!)


  1. Courtney said...:

    I think it's sad also and wonder how long it will take to plug the hole (first and foremost), then wonder how long the clean-up efforts will take.

    What I think is more of a tragedy is that we can put people on the moon, but we can't fix this. We have a lot of SMART people in this country (and world). I continue to hope for resolution soon.

  1. Brian Miller said...:

    did you see the article yesterday on them cutting corners right before the spill...hmm...

    and saving all the bodies...what for?

  1. Yep--there hasn't really been any real intelligence applied to this thing! ANNOYING!

    (oh and on a total different happier note---go see C.I. he is amazing in person --have seen him twice)

  1. I wrote a blog about the oil spill yesterday. I didn't hear that about the dead birds. That is weird (that they are storing dead animals, not weird that I hadn't heard about it. lol)

  1. Pam said...:

    I've given up on signs of intelligence in this situation.

  1. Anti-Supermom said...:

    Isn't it just horrible, it makes me sick to think about it. Pictures make it worse.

    Storing dead birds is just weird though.

  1. Aunt Juicebox said...:

    How much is that going to cost? (rhetorical question) Keeping them frozen isn't going to be free. And seems pointless.

  1. Heather said...:

    Now a days this just doesn't surprise me. To me that is what is sad. The one thing hubby and I agree on..is the fact that BP isn't going to have enough money to do and pay for, all the things the american public think they should pay. Their money IS going to run out!

    Just sad. Worry about the test and blame and money..AFTER the spill is fixed.

    Sorry, strong subject in this house, with hubby being an ex oil rigger.

  1. carma said...:

    there's been a spill?? :D um yeah, stacking dead carcasses in freezer -- couldn't they just take photos??


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