New Orleans, La. – Michael Brune didn't say a word in the roaring seaplane as it flew over fertile fishing grounds off Louisiana, where ribbons of rust-colored oil streamed past the Breton National Wildlife Refuge. Nor did he speak when the plane reached the Chandeleur barrier islands that locals call the Cajun Bahamas. But when the plane landed
"We flew over a relatively small part of the total spill and yet it's still seen. You can still see it from 2,000 feet up in the air. It's super high concentrations of this rusty orange color that just extends for miles and miles."
It's the tip of the underwater spill threatening coastline all the way to Florida. A few fishing boats were spotted pulling booms to contain oncoming oil spill.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans