15 Jul '11, 7pm

A Year After BP Caps Well, Fishermen Still Fight for Survival

A Year After BP Caps Well, Fishermen Still Fight for Survival

A year ago to the day, I attended a packed town hall meeting deep in the Louisiana bayou featuring newly-hired BP claims administrator Ken Feinberg. The faces in the crowd were diverse and anxious; Cajun, Vietnamese, African American, all pressed together in the sweltering heat, trying to find out how to salvage their lives after the worst oil spill in history. Suddenly in the middle of the meeting came news from Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser: the oil has been stopped! But only a smattering of applause broke out. People worried the damage to their fisheries was serious and the road to recovery would be long. Now a year after the well was plugged, those fears have been justified. Many fishermen are struggling with the same problems, the same concerns that their livelihoods will never return. The oil is not gone ; it keeps coming in places like Grand Isle, LA,...

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