150 shrimpers report “underwater plumes” of oil; Top official says “QUIT TALKING about it”

Monday, August 16, 2010
By Paul Martin

August 16th, 2010

“We had a meeting Wednesday night where we had over 150 shrimpers… who are saying there is oil out there and these underwater plumes are varying in size and shape. This stuff is obviously moving around out there,” Louie Miller, state director of the Mississippi Sierra Club, said to the Press-Register.

William Walker, executive director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources responded, “Quit talking about it without any evidence what you are saying is true.”

According to the report, Miller said, “The existence of oil is irrefutable… Oil has reappeared on beaches in Alabama, Petit Bois and Horn islands and continues to wash ashore in Louisiana, he said… there also is evidence of submerged oil. ‘It is a weird thing. It is like strands, this black water, as they are calling it. It is like strands that are about three to four times the thickness of human hair. These things can be about foot-and-a-half, to five- to six-feet-long.’”

“To open up these waters, in my opinion, is nothing more than to limit the liability of BP to pay claims… “Because now they can deny any claims after the time at which these waters were opened back up,” Miller said to the paper.

He adds, “I have no confidence in Bill Walker whatsoever. He might as well be working for BP. He is not protecting the resources of Mississippi… By doing all this, they have put us in a situation where the claims are going to be very limited and more easily contested by BP.”

According to the report, Miller says that Walker is a trustee for the state under the National Resource Disaster Assessment.

Read the Press-Register article here.

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