Kierán Suckling, Executive Director of the Center for Biological Diversity just completed a fact-finding mission to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill region. While he was in New Orleans, he spoke with Robert Rappaport.

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“There’s still a tremendous amount of oil out there right now. Much of it has sunk into the ground and then is sort of being pushed back up through the sea floor,” says Suckling. “You walk around and as your feet press down into the sand of the beaches, the oil shoots up between your feet and the animals are still covered in this oil”

Suckling says the federal government is being overly optimistic in its assessment for the long-term damage from the April 20th BP oil spill. He calls the projections “rosy to misleading.”

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Sunlight illuminated the lingering oil slick off the Mississippi Delta on May 24, 2010. - NASA

Sunlight illuminated the lingering oil slick off the Mississippi Delta on May 24, 2010. - NASA image

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