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Mike Schuler
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March 21, 2011

On March 18, 2011, I took a flight over the Gulf Coast from Horn Island Mississippi all the way to Raccoon Island to check on the status of wildlife, marshes, and other impacts from the BP Oil Spill. When we were slightly east of Grand Isle and Grand Terre island I started to see those familiar reddisheaks in the water, which extended from east of Grand Isle, Elmer’s Island, where it was very heavy, and past Fourchon almost to Timbalier Bay. I was hoping it was a red algae bloom especially after I saw pods of dolphin swimming in the red tide, but after submitting a few images to a marine biologist, I was informed that there was no way it could be algae, the temperature is not hot enough……Unfortunately there has been another spill. The suspected source is the Matterhorn Mc243 facility only about 25 miles from where BP’s Macondo well spewed more than 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf last year.

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