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"The lack of urgency and general disregard for Louisiana's wetlands and wildlife is enough to make you sick."
Crews cleaning up the oil in one Louisiana parish have trampled the nests and eggs of birds including the brown pelican, which came off the endangered species list last year, the head of the parish said Wednesday.
Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said the parish doesn't want to turn away contractors, but he called for more care when crews work in the sensitive wetlands. He said officials recently found broken eggs and crushed chicks on Queen Bess Island, near Grand Isle.
Plastic bags containing snare boom were "recklessly placed" around the island without consideration for wildlife. In one picture released by the parish, a plastic bag was on top of a nest containing broken speckled eggs.
"The people BP sent out to clean up oil trampled the nesting grounds of brown pelicans and other birds," he said. "Pelicans just came off the endangered species list in November of last year. They already have the oil affecting their population during their reproduction time, now we have the so-called clean up crews stomping eggs. (1)
Originally posted by felonius
reply to post by LadySkadi
No disrespect intended Lady.
If I were out there and had to either watch for water moccasins and gators VS. bird eggs? Birds are gonna loose.
If their oil soaked, their dead anyway.
I'd rather the place get clean.
On the same token, had everyone been careful, it wouldnt have led to all of this. Everyone and everyTHING is getting screwed over down there.
Originally posted by LadySkadi
BP clean-up crews stomp on [Endangered Species] Pelican eggs; destroy nests in LA wetlands