2013 July 10, Wednesday
Bayou Corne Sinkhole, Louisiana
We have yet to hear good news about the sinkhole situation in Bayou Corne, LA. Seeing it even once from the air is enough to make you realize that the hole isn't going away and the trees aren't coming back. But it's not possible to look at this picturesque community built so tastefully and discreetly along these beautiful bayous, and not wish that somehow the sinkhole could just go away.
Today we flew there from the south, after a mission over the Gulf. It is an incredibly gorgeous flight to approach Bayou Corne from the Gulf coastline. It is nonstop green wetlands, swamps, and trees, with graceful weaving brown waterways running through it. If we could close our eyes to this now enormous sinkhole, it would be like a scene from a fairy tale to suddenly see this enchanting little community nestled along the bayou. Did these people know that the adjacent areas had been drilled worse than swiss cheese? Probably not. Do we really think that all this beauty is here so that we can mine it and steal fossils long buried deep below? To see this from above, it is impossible not to realize that our society's priorities have become terribly skewed!
Sorry for to wax philosophical. But mark my words, if you want more action from those with authority to do something positive about situations like this sinkhole, if they are still in touch with their souls at all, bring them to Bayou Corne on a flight from the south. And let them weep.
Very special thanks today go to Terese Collins and Billy Dugger, friends of the Gulf and friends of On Wings Of Care, who came along as superb wildlife spotters as well as photographers and videographers. As always, we thank the folks at Flightline First and New Orleans' Lakefront Airport for helping us take care of our aircraft so that we can continue to make these flights for the Gulf and her residents.