PLAQUEMINES, La. -- A Plaquemines Parish cleanup crew discovered broken eggs and crushed chicks on Queen Bess Island on Tuesday, and parish leaders are blaming BP workers cleaning up the oil spill for the damage.
“The people BP sent out to clean up oil trampled the nesting grounds of Brown Pelicans and other birds," said Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser.
A parish spokesman said plastic bags containing snare boom found by the Plaquemines Parish Inland Waterways Strike Force were "recklessly placed without consideration for the natural wildlife on the island."
"Pelicans just came off the endangered species list in November of last year. They already have the oil affecting their population during their reproduction time, now we have the so called clean up crews stomping eggs," Nungesser said.
Nungesser called for a more pro-active approach for rescuing wildlife affected by the oil. He wants the Humane Society to come up with a better way to enlist the help of volunteers, saying dozens should be brought in from across the country to help save the wildlife.
"The lack of urgency and general disregard for Louisiana’s wetlands and wildlife is enough to make you sick," Nungesser said.
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., and Wayne Pacelle of the U.S. Humane Society joined Nungesser on the trip.