The Florida Keys have been fortunate to escape impacts from the Gulf oil disaster – but when the rig exploded, agencies and citizens braced themselves for the worst. What did they learn?
NRDC helps answer this question in “The Florida Keys Response to the Gulf Oil Disaster,” a new report released December 16, 2010 that compiles interviews with 11 people who were on the frontlines in the Keys— including leaders from the Coastguard, the National Park Service, Marine Sanctuary Program, local businesses and environmental groups—as many feared the oil was headed their way. They share their stories firsthand, and lessons learned that could inform future oil disasters.
The Director of NRDC’s Ocean Initiative, Sarah Chasis, blogs about the report here:
Florida Keys & the Gulf Oil Disaster: Stories Shared and Lessons Learned —http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/schasis/florida_keys_the_gulf_oil_disa.html.
“When the Gulf spill occurred, agencies and citizens in the Keys leapt to action. The unthinkable suddenly happened and had to be responded to fast! What did this harrowing summer teach us and those in the Keys?”
And the full report can be found here: http://www.nrdc.org/oceans/keysresponse.asp.