HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)-April 20, 2011 marks the one year anniversary of the blowout on the Deepwater Horizon rig that killed 11 workers. The burning rig sank two days later and the Macondo well would eventually release nearly 206 million gallons of oil, providing a new setback to a Gulf ecosystem already struggling with centuries of wetlands degradation and the destructive power of Hurricane Katrina.
Since the first days of the disaster, a National Wildlife Federation team has worked in cooperation with local groups and scientific leaders nationwide to monitor wildlife impact across the Gulf region. On the first anniversary of the tragic event, National Wildlife Federation Senior Scientist, Dr. Doug Inkley will be available for interviews LIVE from the heart of the Louisiana impact zone to update your viewers on the state of wildlife and the habitat still affected by the spill. Dr. Inkley will have just returned from a survey of the area and will have first-hand, on the ground, observations to share.Check out the video!