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NEW ORLEANS - The gooey oil washing into the maze of marshes along the Gulf Coast could prove impossible to remove, leaving a toxic stew lethal to fish and wildlife, government officials and independent scientists said.
Officials are considering some drastic and risky solutions: They could set the wetlands on fire or flood areas in hopes of floating out the oil.
But they warn an aggressive cleanup could ruin the marshes and do more harm than good. The only viable option for many impacted areas is to do nothing and let nature break down the spill.
Originally posted by nickoli
I think the most viable response will be to burn the marshes. I can see where these marshes will pose big problems with removing this mess once the oil reaches them,which I think it has to an extent, then high tide carries the goo to the interior of the marshes,major problems then.
I have been in the marshes,they are unbelievably hard to walk in, very dangerous too,with quicksand and such,this whole situation is just terrible,terrible,terrible.
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
... burning the marsh seems to be the appropriate way forward ...