Can Wildlife Survive the Oil Spill?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Heather Nevill (L), and fellow veterinarians clean an oil-covered brown pelican at the Fort Jackson Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Buras, Louisiana. (Getty Images/Getty)

Thousands of gallons of oil are still spewing each day from leaking pipes at the Deepwater Horizon's wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil has touched land along the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi and is headed for other coastlines along the Gulf. The amount of wildlife affected has been minimal so far, but more damage seems inevitable.

For a first-hand view of the beaches of Louisiana we're joined by Jay Holcomb, director of the International Bird Rescue Research Center; he oversees the rehabilitation program. Also, Michael Fry an oil toxicologist at the American Bird Conservancy in Washington, D.C. He also helped with the cleanup during the Exxon Valdez oil spill on how this disaster could potentially affect wildlife.


Michael Fry and Jay Holcomb

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

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