The New York Times website features a useful map charting the landfall of oil in Gulf Coast marshes and on Gulf Coast beaches. Here’s a sampler for Louisiana and Mississippi three days ago:
As oil kills off marine animals, wrecks tourism and fishing industries and quite possibly erodes shoreline, two Gulf state senators are asking for more of the same. Louisiana Senator David Vitter has introduced S. 3489, a bill to repeal the six-month moratorium on new deep water oil drilling. Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker is a cosponsor of the bill.
Not coincidentally, Roger Wicker is the recipient of a quarter of a million dollars from oil and gas corporations in this election cycle, and the recipient of a quarter of a million dollars more from corporate lobbyists. In the same election cycle David Vitter has raked in nearly $400,000 from oil and gas corporations alone.