posted on Jun, 25 2011 @ 05:02 PM
reply to post by samlf3rd
Haha. No, it doesn't smell of dead fish. Believe me, I appreciate the concern. Most of the population stopped paying attention after the well was
capped and the oil magically disappeared within the same week. Forget that cleanup operations went on for many months after that. They still have some
BP activity out there. But, at least visibly, things seem mostly fine. Every now and then, a sheen shows up off the coast and the government quickly
states that it's "only algae" or the blame goes to a small shallow water rig having a minor spill. Who knows.
There are still patches of marsh that are oiled and dying. BP hasn't done anything directly to rebuild our wetlands but most of the money they were
fined by the government is supposed to go to rebuilding the coast. Again, we'll see.
I have gone back to eating seafood and there is no obvious difference from before the spill. Perhaps trace amounts of corexit/oil will make me sick
over time due to the frequency of my shrimp and fish consumption, but eating it every so often will probably not have any harmful affects for tourists
down here or the casual restaurant customer elsewhere in the country(Please help our fishermen out - eat Gulf seafood).
Now that the national spotlight is off them, BP is openly trying to avoid payment to those effected. Pretty shameful stuff, especially since alot of
the out of work fishermen they contracted with for cleanup ops are getting sick with strange symptoms.
And to top it off, the Obama administration has effectively killed oil production in the Gulf. BP has a 20+ year history of terrible safety
practices(the next worst company doesn't even come close to their irresponsibility and ineptitude). Simply enforcing existing regulations would more
than protect us from a similar accident. We need to get our 2 top industries back in action to get the state's economy throbbing again(oil and
Hey, we're Louisiana. We have a catastrophe every couple years. We got this one licked too.