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Louisiana still struggling after oil spill

10-21-2010 09:12 BJT

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In the US, the BP Gulf of Mexico oil well has stopped gushing and coastlines are largely clear of the thick goo that washed ashore for months, but the impact of the worst offshore, oil spill in America's history, will no doubt linger for years.

Six months after the April 20th Deepwater Horizon explosion, the environment and economy of the entire northern Gulf of Mexico region remain in a state of uncertainty with overturned livelihoods, out-of-work fishermen, reluctant tourists, widespread emotional anguish and untold damage to the sea and its shores.

Dean Blanchard, Seafood Distributor, said, "There's oil on the beach, they're not cleaning it up. There's oil in the water, they're not cleaning it up. The only thing we could hope for is that mother nature's got a way of cleaning it up on its own, because BP's not doing the job. All BP is doing is having commercials on TV lying to the American public, and the government's allowing them to do it."

Many in Grand Isle say the promises made by BP and the federal government are starting to ring hollow.

They complain of a claims system that doesn't pay them fast enough. They feel abandoned by the same leaders who pledged to see the region fully restored.

John Young, Jefferson Parish President, said, "We were told by the President of the United States: 'we'll be here for as long as it takes, do whatever it takes, and ramp up, we'll use every available resource', but that didn't happen."

It could be years before the spill's true effects are understood.

The science is largely scattered about what the roughly 206 million gallons of oil that spewed from the blown-out well will ultimately mean for the animals and plant life that inhabit one of the world's most diverse bodies of water.

The government has reopened about 90 percent of Gulf federal waters to fishing, and says all seafood caught in the newly opened areas is safe to eat. Yet the commercial fishing industry remains in turmoil, suffering from an acute image problem.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source:

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