24 Sep '11, 4pm

Oil Still Threatens a Cajun Paradise

Oil Still Threatens a Cajun Paradise

P.J. Hahn has rescued his share of oil-soaked pelicans. As coastal restoration director for Plaquemines Parish, he’s seen the worst of the Louisiana crude that belched uncontrollably from BP’s well a mile below the sea. But now more than a year after the well was plugged, Hahn has not escaped the oil. And neither has his coastal wetland home. He sees oil almost every time he goes out on his boat, he says. It floats on the surface and moves with the wind, spreading its tentacles to birds and fish and anything else that touches its toxic trail across the sea. A week ago, Hahn went out to photograph Cat Island , a bird sanctuary in Barataria Bay that was a poster child for the BP oil disaster when its nesting bird population was devastated by waves of thick crude. The island appears clean of oil now and the birds have returned. But they are still susceptible to the streams of...

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