Gulf Oil Spill / PSDS Coverage

Preliminary imagery from The Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines flight along the Gulf Coast today showing preparations for the oil spill in the Gulf. Some interesting things to note: Dauphin Island, Alabama was flooded again by the relatively small storms that passed by this week. The state of Alabama is spending a huge amount of money and effort to protect the west end of Dauphin Island from the oil spill, building Hesco walls on the north side and pushing up a berm on the south side. One has to wonder how this makes sense given that Dauphin Island is neither prime habitat nor is it particularly high value property. Also a bit irritating is the image of the Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi with an oil boom already deployed protecting??? Some concrete!!!!! I have heard that booms will be in short supply for protecting even the most critical areas. Surely there is something more important to protect than a casino. The good news is that, for the most part, the spill has not hit the coast yet.

We’ll keep you posted and additional flights are scheduled. All images may be used at no cost with permission and full attribution. Thanks to Andy Coburn and Adam Griffith for their work. Stay tuned for more.