Biologists say that around 300-400 pelicans and hundreds of terns in the largest seabird nesting area along the Louisiana coast have been oiled, spiking a sharp escalation in wildlife harmed by BP's oil Disaster. Researchers from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology said Wednesday that oiled pelicans on Raccoon Island have been spotted where an estimated 10,000 birds nest. Biologist Marc Dantzker with Cornell — said "This is a major oiling event of an incredibly important seabird colony. Many of these birds will be dead soon...Even a small amount of oil can kill birds because it hampers their ability to regulate their body temperature." Meanwhile, the House natural resources committee voted yesterday to ban BP from new offshore drilling for seven years. It's a great symbolic gesture, but unlikely to make it into law.