Dispatch from the Gulf Oil Spill: Philippe Cousteau Tours the Wetlands, Oil Refineries (Photos and Video)

Oil refineries sit among the marshland. All photos and video courtesy of Philippe Cousteau.
This post was written by Philippe Cousteau, chief ocean correspondent for Planet Green and host of Blue August.

I arrived this morning into New Orleans from Charleston, South Carolina, where I had been the night before at a gala event for the South Carolina Aquarium. They had honored my sister Alexandra and me with the Legacy Award last year and then invited me back this year to present the award to Al Gore. It was an honor and a perfect pre-cursor to my trip to fight the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This is my second trip down here (you can read about my first trip two weeks ago here.) Now I am down here again to cover the spill from a new angle...stay tuned, as you will learn more in the next day or so. This is the greatest environmental disaster of our lifetimes and it has only just begun.

Photos and videos from Cousteau in the Gulf of Mexico.

Cousteau discusses shrimping, local wildlife, and the economy of the Gulf.


A baby alligator swims through a canal in Venice, Louisiana.


Shrimp boats in Venice harbor.

Looking at the refineries lining the coast.

An oil refinery amongst the once pristine wetlands.




Industrial development in the Gulf of Mexico wetlands.

On Tuesday, May 25, Cousteau will appear on "Good Morning America" with weather Anchor Sam Champion and a team of specially-trained divers. They will report from under the water in the Gulf of Mexico to see first-hand what is happening beneath the surface. Wearing special hazmat dive suits, the team will be the first to dive in - and document - the oil-laden waters off of the Louisiana coastline.

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