AP100623057435-1There's no end in sight to the battle of the berms.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and other state officials have been pushing to continue to use money that BP has set aside to mitigate damage from the Gulf oil spill in order to construct a battery of offshore sand barriers, or berms, that are supposed to block the coastal marshlands of Louisiana from taking on oil washing ashore from the spill.
However, scientists and environmental group say the berms are ineffectual at best — and at worst pose their own disruptive threat to the Gulf ecosystem. When state officials announced the first phase of berm construction this summer, Western Carolina University professor of coastal ecology Robert Young wrote, "I have yet to speak to a scientist who thinks that the project will be effective."
Now the fight is still raging, even though most of the oil in the Gulf is of the dispersed variety — i.e., broken up into particles many believe are too tiny for the berms to filter out effectively anyway. What's more, the existing berm system has proven to be something of a bust, by some accounts.Read More »from Fight over Jindal’s sand berm project rages on