US coast residents protect shoreline with hay bales in absence of "environmentalists" in elected office or Hollywood. Word Al Gore out with 'fever'
- 6/16: "Residents in Josephine and Perdido Beach (Alabama) are using what they have -- hay and agricultural netting -- to create booms to protect the coastlines of their remote Baldwin County communities.
It all started when a customer of Baldwin County Sewer Service called requesting a donation of hay, according to system spokesman Charlie Baumhauer. Finding out that the
- hay would be used to collect oil, the utility donated 800 bales to Pirate's Cove and 200 bales to the Perdido Beach Fire Department.
Area residents began shredding the hay and manually stuffing it into socks made of agricultural netting.
- "It was a really slow process, they could only make about eight an hour because they had to
- sew them together by hand," Baumhauer said.
Word of this reached the Fish River Christmas Tree farm, which donated its tree wrapping apparatus to the effort. Production of hay booms promptly shot up to 40 booms an hour, Baumhauer said.
- A tour of Pirate's Cove Marina show hay booms stacked near the water, ready to be deployed should heavy oil arrive. Residents said only a light sheen of oil had been detected so far."