Retired LSU professor: Tests show “plants in the MARSH INTERIOR which appear healthy are, in fact, STRESSED and WILL PROBABLY DIE SOON”

Gulf assessments spur hope – so far, The New York Times, September 14, 2010:


John W. Day Jr., a retired professor of oceanography and coastal sciences at Louisiana State, has worked with a private firm that developed a complex sensor for aerial detection of oil and gas. Its measurements show that plants in the marsh interior which appear healthy are, in fact, stressed and will probably soon die. Dr. [Lisa DiPinto, acting chief of NOAA’s marine debris division] is also concerned. She said that marsh creatures that dig burrows, like crabs, may eventually bring oil deeper into the soils.

And Wilma Subra, a chemist who provides technical assistance to the Louisiana Environmental Action Network… said… “I’ve seen a lot of heavily oiled areas where the vegetation is not coming back.”

Read the article here.

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