On May 26, 2010, RMCO and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a report on the special places around the Gulf of Mexico threatened by oil from the BP blowout. The report identifies 15 national and state parks and wildlife areas at risk of oil contamination, and documents the resources that are in peril.
Those resources include much of what makes the Gulf of Mexico such an environmentally rich area: fish and fishing, beaches and wetlands, coral reefs, and many of the wildlife species so important to Americans, including critically threatened whooping cranes and sea turtles, manatees, and bottlenose dolphins.
The top 15 parks and wildlife areas identified in our report are:
Breton National Wildlife Refuge, Louisiana
Our list of the top 15 was chosen to include the best examples of the full range of both the protected coastal public areas and the resources within them that are vulnerable to contamination by the BP disaster.
This report is not intended to raise useless
alarm but to galvanize action. The BP oil
catastrophe is today's overwhelming
demonstration of the dangers of America's
The news release announcing the report, and a recording of the teleconference at which the report was released, featuring RMCO president Stephen Saunders; Julie Wraithmell, wildlife policy coordinator, Florida Audubon; Dr. Enid Sisskin, University of West Florida; and Captain Louis Skrmetta of Ship Island Excursions.
The full report -- 19 MB (large file!)
The report is also available in four smaller sections:
Part 1 - 4.4 MB
Part 2 - 4.2 MB
Part 3 - 4.8 MB
Part 4 - 4.5 MB
Nesting brown pelicans on an island in the Gulf of Mexico. The orange line in the water is barrier designed to keep spilled oil from washing ashore.