Mike Brewer, 40, who lost his oil spill response company in the devastation of Hurricane Katrina nearly five years ago, said the area was accustomed to the occasional minor spill. But he feared the scale of the escaping oil was beyond the capacity of existing resources.
"You're pumping out a massive amount of oil. There is no way to stop it," he said.
First post: Just when I didn't think I could get any more pissed at our bastard government.
About that oil spill (which, BTW, as of last night was so big you could see it from space)...
The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport has surgery, necropsy and exam rooms, walk-in freezers full of frozen fish for food, X-ray and ultrasound machines and plenty of medicine. The nonprofit facility also has eight large pools, which have been cleaned and prepared to handle sea turtles, manatees and dolphins.
Center director Dr. Moby Solangi said Friday the site will be "ground zero" for injured marine mammals.
Solangi said there are roughly up to 5,000 dolphins in the Gulf area between the Mississippi and Louisiana coasts and the oil rig, many giving birth right now.
"It's very bad timing," Solangi said. "We're going to have a lot of babies here. We're looking at a colossal tragedy."
Baby dolphins. Do you hear me? Baby dolphins!
(Not baby dolphins...)