On the day that BP and coast guard officials were high-fiving each other over permanently killing the well from hell, oil-soaked Plaquemines Parish suffered its third major fish kill in a week. That caused peripatetic parish president Billy Nungesser to take time off from his furious election campaign to blast federal and state officials who seem to find happy news at every turn.

green goop 3Tuesday, Sept 14th - Over the past three days, local fishermen in Bayou La Batre, Alabama have been documenting a thick sludge that has emerged in the water along their shores.  They say it must be caused by the BP oil disaster, and they all independently described it the same way: “I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.”

BP spokespeople and local officials, meanwhile, also have a unified message: “It’s algae.”

Bayou La Batre 9/12/10    Bayou La Batre 9/12/10   These are but a few of the images coming out of Bayou La Batre, Alabama today, September 12, 2010.  A few fishermen risked harassment and arrest in order to document what appears to be oil and oil/dispersant mix coming ashore.  Several reports were made with the Bayou La Batre Police Department and other government agencies.  Shortly after these photos were taken, three airboa

Most of you know my story by now. Four years ago, back when the banks were getting bailed out and the people were getting bailed on, I lost the first house I ever owned. After moving to South Louisiana and rebuilding our lives, my husband and I were able to move ourselves and our 6 children into a beautiful new home. Three days later the moratorium hit - and I say hit, because it was like a punch in the stomach to the people of our area. 


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