No crying over spilt oil


  • Michael Carlowicz


They made the mess, and now they are going to make amends. In an agreement with the U.S. Department of the Interior, NOAA, and the state of Louisiana, the Chevron Production Company has agreed to create new marsh habitat in the Mississippi River delta in order to replace some of the habitat destroyed by a January 1995 oil wellhead failure.

The 1995 spill destroyed much of a highly productive marsh refuge and nursery for fish, shellfish, and waterfowl species in Dixon Bay, Louisiana. So now Chevron will pay to breach a levee and create a freshwater diversion into the Delta National Wildlife Refuge, a project that the refuge staff had already designed but could not fund. The influx of fresh water and sediment should help create new habitat quite similar to the marsh lost because of the oil discharge.