When the Oil Hits Land: 3 Bad-to-Worse Scenarios

(May 12) -- As you read this, the sweet crude from the gulf oil spill that is engulfing the Chandeleur Islands, the crescent chain of mangroves and sand providing the last flimsy barrier protecting southeast Louisiana from the sea, will be moving relentlessly beyond them toward the mainland.


Ron Kendall, who heads the Department of Environmental Toxicology at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, calls what is about to occur "the biggest ecological toxicology experiment in the country's history."

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