Fury Over Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill Report
Gulf Coast residents and business owners have reacted with alarm to claims that around 75% of the oil that leaked from the BP Deepwater Horizon rig has gone.
They fear the report by US government scientists will cause political and media attention to fade and that they will be abandoned as they struggle to cope with incomes and livelihoods devastated by the leak.
Patrick Hue is a fisherman in the town of Buras, south of New Orleans. Nearly 50 years old, his dark tan and taut frame are evidence of a life spent at sea catching plump shrimps that are world renowned.
He says the oil is still there and he will take you out onto the Gulf to prove it.
Circling his boat in the shallows off Buras, the outboard motor churns the muddy water and oil soon floats to the surface – the sheen glistening in the unforgiving sun.
Dragging his hand through the mixture he holds up his palm and a black smear of crude emerges. “Evidently somebody is not doing their job right to be honest with you,” he declares.
While Patrick is anxious to get back out on the water and work he does not want to if the bay is not clean. He is also concerned about the start of the new shrimping season next week as hundreds of trawlers drag the mud and agitate any remaining oil.
“We don’t want to get anyone sick. We have a reputation to have the best seafood in the world. If just one person gets sick on this seafood it ruins our whole image and ruins our whole lives.”