April 29th, 2010
06:11 PM ET

Gulf Coast braces for an oily mess

The Gulf Coast braced for a greasy and unwelcome tide Thursday as the region's largest oil spill in decades threatened the marshlands and beaches at the mouth of the Mississippi River.

"This Saturday is the first date we can go catch live bait," said Glenn Sanchez, who runs a marina in Hopedale, Louisiana. "If this was to happen, this could just devastate the whole of Louisiana."

Hopedale is in what Sanchez calls the "big toe" of Louisiana, about 35 miles southeast of New Orleans.

It's where dry land gives way to a patchwork of marshes, lagoons and canals that drain into Chandeleur Sound and the Gulf of Mexico. The estuaries are rich in crab, oysters and shrimp, and Breton Sound Marina is home to a variety of commercial and sport-fishing vessels that buy bait from Sanchez.

But the spill that began last week when the Deepwater Horizon drill rig blew up and sank has cast a new shadow on a region already under heavy environmental pressure.

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  1. Brownstain

    Maybe if lard butt americans would get out of their cars, walk, bike or take public transit, we would not have to kill whole swaths of sea coast.
    Or set 5 thousand sq. miles of ocean on fire.
    Brilliant.

    April 30, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bob

    I can hear Sarah Palin now saying, "Drill baby, Drill" – I think they should send her out there to clean up the mess and see how she feels!

    April 30, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. lawrence

    ... where was safety valve? every last person needs to help out in what ever way is possible, this is huge and long term.

    April 30, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cheng

    every one along tha gulf coast need do something to help and overcome the diaster. It could be worse than we thought.

    April 30, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. niha

    The oil spill at the gulf of Mexico threatening Louisiana shores, i have an idea why dont we try to blow the oil rigid head underneath the sea by bombing, to drop 5000 lbs blockbuster(bunker buster) bomb, thereby capping it the oil spill to save marine life and our shores. Please pass on the message to US authorities.

    April 30, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Anunnaki

    Does it matter? 2012 is around the corner and aliens will have us all fur Dinner.
    Maybe they will clean up the mess before we ever will. In payment the aliens will
    live here as we work fur them to harvest gold. The swirling garbage in all the seas
    does not make up our gratitude to the earth. Ride a bike if you want, you will still
    smoke and toss your cig aside, lazy humans.

    April 30, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. timmay

    anunnaki, I think you may be right. Will the aliens provide healthcare?

    May 14, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |