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Louisiana cleanup crews trampled pelican nests, official say

by EdHannigan / June 23, 2010 1:32 AM PDT

Venice, Louisiana (CNN) ? 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.
Reminds me of birds "rescued" from the EXXON Valdez spill and cleaned off with detergent, which died in great numbers as a result.
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Did the detergent cause their skin to soak in the toxic elements?

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by EdHannigan / June 23, 2010 6:17 AM PDT
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not sure where you're going with that.


Consider the bleak track record. Biologist James Estes, of the University of California?Santa Cruz, calculated that each sea otter washed and released after Exxon Valdez cost $80,000?and two-thirds of them died within two years anyway; biologists estimate that natural annual mortality for the species is about 6 percent. An estimated 375,000 to 700,000 birds were killed by the Exxon Valdez
spill, Sharp says, compared with 800 rescued (at a cost of $41 million)?and most of those died within days of being released. Cleaned and released birds should be counted among the dead, Sharp contended in the journal Ibis in 1996 and still believes today. That?s why, as harsh as it sounds, the standard practice in Germany and Norway has been euthanizing oiled birds and other wildlife.

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