This is BP's version of "cleaned up"
Video: More than a year after the BP disaster began, commercial fisherman Mike Roberts took a ride into the Barataria Bay with his video camera. See what he found.
We set out on watershed patrol with a specific mission: to gather water bottom sediment samples in specific areas of our Watershed.
Since the BP oil/dispersant disaster brought an ecological and potential human health crisis to our fishing grounds and coastal communities, we have asked our state and federal agencies, why are you allowing BP to sink the oil/dispersant to the water bottom and what will that do to the marine life that lives there?
What is it doing to turtles, dolphins, fish, crabs, shrimp, and other life that swims in it when it gets stirred up?
I would think agencies charged with protecting and sustaining these public trust resources would not only ask these questions, but have the answers long before allowing not only the spaying of dispersant, but leaving the oil/dispersant toxic mess on the water bottom. Yet, to date we still have not received answers to these two basic questions.
Hiding the oil/dispersant below the surface is not an acceptable alternative to real response and clean up.
Mike Roberts is a commercial fisherman in Barataria, Louisiana. He works with Louisiana Bayoukeeper and the Association of Family Fishermen, and is on the board of the Louisiana Shrimp Association.