Friday, January 7, 2011

Continued Fouling of Louisiana Marshes

I've received a few truly evil, nasty, vile, and threatening comments for my posting these stories. Please know that they were all from "anonymous" and I chose to delete them.  I will however, continue to post stories like this one. This information needs to be available to the general public and there are too few US news outlets willing to cover this story any longer. From the AP today via HuffPo:

PORT SULPHUR, La. — Federal and Louisiana officials got into a heated argument Friday over the cleanup of oiled marshes during a tour of an area that remains fouled 8 1/2 months after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.
State and Plaquemines Parish officials took media on a boat tour of Barataria Bay, pointing out an area where oil continues to eat away at marshes and protective boom is either absent or has been gobbled up by the oil. The heavily saturated area that reporters saw was 30 feet to 100 feet wide in sections. No cleanup workers were there when reporters toured the area.
The marshes are critical to the Louisiana coast because they protect the shore from hurricanes and serve as a nursery for Gulf sea life.
"This is the biggest cover-up in the history of America," Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser told reporters, gesturing with his gloved right hand, which was covered in oil.
Nungesser was accompanied by Robert Barham, the secretary of Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
As the two were answering questions from reporters, representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration interrupted to point out that a plan is being developed to clean up the marshes. They also insisted that the government has not abandoned the Gulf, nor has it lost sight of the fact that BP is a responsible party.
"Clearly there is oil here in the marsh but we are working as a team to find a best way to clean it up," said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Dan Lauer. "It's a high priority."
The two sides then got into a heated argument, with Nungesser using profanity.
"It's like you're in bed with BP," Nungesser told the Coast Guard and NOAA officials.
The government and Coast Guard have played the folks of the Gulf and the American people for suckers, fools, and sheep - who will believe anything they're told by authorities.  

That doesn't work in the digital age where data - visual and otherwise - is available by a simple search query. They have disregarded, or ignored that concept. Click the link above to read the rest of the story.

And so it goes.


  1. Hard to believe that someone would send you negative comments about your postings about Katrina and the BP Oil Spill and its aftermath. What are these people thinking? I for one thank you for keeping this information public lest we forget. Keep posting them.

  2. @Ron: I don't get nasty notes from posts about Katrina anymore (thank G*d) but those referencing the BP spill are truly ugly, stupid, and most have no roots in the bayou/gulf fishing community. They are a fraud, and meant to intimidate rather than admit that mistakes were made. Which leads me to believe that the causes of this disaster were NOT a mistake.


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