What, if any moral or spiritual lessons does the Gulf oil spill hold?
Dawn LeJeune operates a restaurant that specializes in seafood in Plaquemine. The “Seafood Connection” owner says she is weathering the recent Gulf Coast crisis but is beginning to notice an increase in prices and bulk of product coming from saltwater fisheries wholesalers.
It is impossible for some people to separate the name British Petroleum from the oil leak disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. But when a man began protesting in front of a British Petroleum service station in Massachusetts last week, the station's owner launched his own campaign.
From behind the wheel of his 30-foot fishing boat, Freddy Demolle is right at home. His weathered face and tanned hands testify to the many days spent just as this one, speeding through the marshes at the mouth of the Mississippi in southern Plaquemines Parish. But instead of trawling for fish, shrimp or crabs, Demolle is ferrying groups of media representatives to parts of the marsh stricken by oil. This is his new routine.
Keith Blair Manuel died in the BP oil rig explosion, but his mother wants drilling to begin again just as soon as an investigation reveals what caused this blast. And one of his longtime friends couldn't agree more.
Florida resident Dolores Pittman shares some of her photos of beach cleanup near Pensacola.
Criticized for being too broad and lacking specific answers for which people in the Gulf are yearning, President Barack Obama’s Tuesday night address from the Oval Office fell on mostly deaf ears in Marrero, La.
Barb Craig and 10 longtime girlfriends from Pekin, Ill., planned the vacation for more than a year, booked their reservations six months ago, and then spent a week in Gulf Shores, Ala., watching tar balls washing ashore and smelling petroleum in the sea breezes. The friends found themselves in the middle of a global news story, watching planes, helicopters and boats involved in cleanup of the largest oil spill in U.S. history.
From the white sand of Florida to the weather-beaten docks of Louisiana, the oil spill in the Gulf has had a profound impact on those who live on the water, by the water and for the water. Here are 10 telling quotes from those affected.
As plumes of weathered oil threatened Pensacola, the Coast Guard ordered the Pensacola Pass closed Friday night. The pass will be opened when the tide is flowing out, but when it shifts, workers will shut it up again. There’s no guarantee it will stop the choking cloud of oil from reaching the shores. Florida natives mourned the loss of their beach and their livelihood.
Precisely when the oil hit the shore, mucking up Florida’s white beaches, didn’t really matter. Explore a day through five different perspectives of people on the Gulf Shore.
British Petroleum is your final proof of a dirty little business secret: Businesses are full of well-paid brainiacs who aren’t smart enough to ask the people on the ground, “What do you guys think?”
On Saturday, BP and the Gulf Response Involvement Team organized a pre-landfall cleanup along a Louisiana beach to remove existing trash. Debris and trash that collects on the shorelines can potentially get covered in oil and make the cleanup of these natural areas even more complicated.
The best line I've heard about the horrific oil leak that may or may not be closed, and may or not be still leaking away and may or may not have something to do with the full moon and may or may not be 11 million gallons or 50 million or eleventybillion gallons depending on which wafer-thin BP-issued Lie Producing Machine was activated this week, comes from Jimmy Fallon, who said, "BP wants Twitter to shut down a fake BP account that is mocking the oil company. In response, Twitter wants BP to shut down the oil leak that’s ruining the ocean."
Dawn Giovannucci, one of thousands of dog groomers across the country pitching in to help clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, thought the boxes of pet fur clippings she was shipping south were being used to sop up pools of toxic oil.