Drill and Die Baby! Worst Case Scenario on the Louisiana Coast.

In Conservation Alert, News on April 29, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Over the last week or so I have been watching the media coverage on the Louisiana Oil Spill and today, almost 10 days after the “spill”, this ongoing ecological disaster is finally getting the media attention, as well as the government attention, it warrants.  So my question to everyone in the media and the government, what the fuck took you so long? And seriously: why are you still calling it a “spill?” Doesn’t the word “spill” normally refer to a quantitative mass of liquid that has been, you know, spilled?  What is going on in the Gulf of Mexico is not a “spill” it is a major, ongoing toxic oil leak! Let me put it even more bluntly, this “leak” of an approximate 5000 barrels of crude oil a day (most likely more) is a major human induced disaster of biblical proportions. Get it? The entire fishery in that region is at risk for decades to come.  If the oil reaches some of the estuaries and coral reefs in the region it will have a devastating effect on one of the most productive fisheries in the world.  But so far most media outlets are reporting on what effect the oil slick will have on shrimp and oyster farming? Really, is that all they are worried about? How about we start worrying about the entire food chain, including us humans?  What we are witnessing right now is something we have never witnessed before. Unless  that leak is plugged very soon and the coast guard can keep the massive oil slick from spreading, I would go so far  as to say that we will witness the collapse of an entire ecosystem.

So media folks, why are you still calling it a “spill?” Is the news of something so horrific somehow conflicting with the, “Drill Baby Drill?” narrative that you have been peddling?  Or is the “spill” just bad timing, since the Obama administration finally conceded to expand off shore drilling for political reasons. Did you really believe that an oil rig that is oozing oil like a volcano on crack is an everyday occurrence? Did you in the media seriously believe the PR guy from BP who claims they have it under control?  Whatever the reason for your lack of urgency, I am glad you are finally giving the matter the attention it deserves, but it is not enough. And as for the government, it’s time to bring out the big guns. Bring out any and all the resources you have at your disposal.  Get the brightest minds and engineers in the oil industry together and do whatever you can do to stop this leak, even if it means you need to park a nuclear sub to plug that hole … you get the idea.

To all the people in the gulf region, my heart goes out to you all. Especially to all the fly fishing guides and fishing related businesses that will be adversely hit by this disaster.

So even if you don’t live in the area, here are some thoughts on how this catastrophe will impact all of us.

  1. Fish prices will go up, in some areas skyrocket — good for McDonald’s I guess, bad for fish lovers.
  2. The areas hit by the spill will see their tourism economy collapse, requiring more bail-outs and unemployment checks to be written. Even though one could make the argument that the clean-up effort will produce a lot of “clean-up” jobs.
  3. Commercial fishermen will either loose their livelihood or will move into other fishing grounds, putting more fishing pressure on areas that are already are over-fished.
  4. The media will be inundating us with the political fallout of all of this for weeks to come, oh boy! Can’t wait.
  5. On a positive note, off-shore drilling in California will most likely be dead.

Hat Creek Ranch

In Recent Trip, Tips & Tricks on April 10, 2010 at 11:33 am

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View of Hat Creek

Spring break was rapidly approaching and my wife and I were desperately trying to find something fun to do with the kids. We hadn’t had a vacation for close to two years, being freelance photographers, with two kids, it is always hard for us to coordinate anything long term especially in the summer months. It also happened that the kids spring break fell right around my birthday week (yes we celebrate birthdays for a week in our little family), so it became clear we needed to find a place that was kid friendly and had some fly fishing in the off season. I called my friends at The Fly Shop in Redding to see if they had any suggestions and they just had the perfect place for us, Hat Creek Ranch near Burney, CA. While Hat Creek was still closed for fishing for the season, the Ranch itself had three private trout ponds that were open all year.  Needless to say it didn’t take much arm twisting to convince us to jump on it.

What makes Hat Creek Ranch so perfect for families is its location.  Burney Falls and Lassen Volcanic National Park are near by and are a must visit, but there are many other scenic places you can discover.  And there is of course some great fly fishing in the area, including the lower blue ribbon section of Hat Creek, the Fall River and the Pit River. Even in the off season there is still some great fly fishing to be had, the Pit River and Baum Lake are open all year. lists “North America’s Top 10 Trout-Fishing Towns”

In News on August 21, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Didn’t know that Forbes is keeping a “Top 10 trout fishing”  list, but what do I know? My back-yard fishing destination, the town of Redding, made the list — in case you’re wondering, my backyard is very big.  With all the great fishing spots, the world class guides and fishing destinations  Redding has to offer,  the top ten status is well deserved. Now if Forbes could only spell my name right on the photo credit that would be even better 😉

You can read the article and what other towns made the list here .