Drew Calls for Third Party Environmental Oversight of Contracted Clean Up Efforts
In a recent interview on New Orleans radio station WWL with Tommy Tucker I called for third party environmental oversight of the clean up efforts. In the 1990's throughout the gulf region, 3D seismic testing associated with oil and natural gas exploration was unnecessarily harmful to the environment, and when the public was notified, the state of Louisiana required that the firms conducting this testing hire their own environmental oversight. In lieu of the growing evidence that the contractors, and other entities working on the response of this spill are doing similar damage to the very environment that they are supposed to be cleaning up I think it is absolutely a must that these companies be required to enlist third party environmental monitors to make sure that no more unnecessary harm is done to the fragile marshes,and shoreline ecosystems where this work is taking place.
Recently, the Audubon society has posted a volunteer listing for Florida residents, to perform exactly this task in that state. Lets hope that this is just the beginning and that all states will soon require this action, or maybe we'll just let them continue to play catch with Pelican eggs in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana?