May 14, 2010: The Ocean Futures Expedition Team is in Louisiana to cover the Gulf oil spill. Here, Ocean Futures Society Team Member Gary Holland interviews commercial fishermen at a meeting with the local government. Many of these captains have been out on the water laying protective booms around the marsh areas and they are willing to help lay more booms.
There is an image that haunts me! It is an oil spill in my own backyard of the Santa Barbara Channel. This is not an imagined image – it is real. It is what I observed back in 1969 when an oil Platform A off the coast released 3,000,000 gallons of oil into the ocean and contaminated 35 miles of California’s coastline. The lingering question we had was not whether this would ever happen again but when.