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I have been working from New Orleans for the past month and one of the things I have been very interested in was, "how do the locals feel about the effects of the gulf coast oil spill".


Once the well was capped that was the last we really heard of it in the national news.  Days after the spill was capped it was announced by the federal govt that the oil was gone.  They said that about 1/3 evaporated 1/3 was eaten and 1/3 had dispersed into the water.....but still I wondered what really happened?


I spoke with an architect who also owned 2 wonderful restaurants....he said at first he was leery of the seafood and only recently did he start serving gulf coast seafood again.  He says that he is not sure what the "real" truth is, but he know that they are still catching a lot of seafood.  He stated that the oyster beds were wiped out with 80% of the oysters being dead.


I found a local fish market where there are about 10 different booths selling the fresh catch....similar to a flea market, but they are selling fish.  I spoke with 3 of the booth owners and they stated that they didn't think the seafood was unsafe, but that this whole thing has really put a damper on their fish sales.

I have seen this fish market be very packed, so my sense is that people are pretty much unphased by the spill.


Finally I spoke with a local fisherman.  He stated that he thought that the oil was like a fire on land and that the fish could easily avoid the oil and be safe.  He stated that the catch of fish was very good around here, but he had heard reports that over on the Mississippi coast, the fishermen were saying that they were having trouble catching fish.  He thought the seafood was safe to eat and said that LSU and others had tested the seafood more than they ever had before.  He was convinced that the oil sunk and is getting eaten.


So my 2 cents on this is that in Indiana most people do not eat the fish out of the rivers.  Clearly the water in Indiana ends up in the gulf around New Orleans and the oil spill represents just one more insult to the gulf.  Along the gulf coast people have grown up eating seafood and all the bars serve steamed seafood just like we would serve a burger and fries in Indiana.   I think that nobody really knows what is in the seafood really and they figure that they are going to die from something so eating the seafood is like smoking or drinking....we know it is not great for you, but we do it anyway.


I hope to talk to an environmental group down here and add to this blog post. 


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Comment by Ellen on May 1, 2012 at 9:55am

' True criminal behavior here is it's " business as usual" in the Gulf as if nothing ever happened. full speed ahead to another major spill.'

BP plans to add 3 Gulf of Mexico rigs in 2012 - executive

HOUSTON (Reuters) - BP Plc has five drilling rigs running in the Gulf of Mexico two years after its Macondo oil spill and plans to add three more by the end of 2012.


Comment by Ellen on April 25, 2012 at 8:09am

Published: April 25, 2012 3:00 a.m.

First criminal charges filed in Gulf oil spill

Former BP engineer accused of hiding extent of disaster

Comment by Ellen on February 9, 2011 at 12:21pm
Comment by Ellen on February 6, 2011 at 8:09pm

This is what a blogger monmouth had to say. about eating any of the fish from the gulf coast area............

' fish places are    

closing one by one. Jimmy Buffet's sister has a very nice restaurant and bar over on the other coast and rumor is she's going to close down. People come down here to relax and especially enjoy the fish they can't get up north. You can taste the oil in it, I've tasted it and had to spit it out.'
Comment by Eric Stallsmith on January 28, 2011 at 1:57pm

Thank you so much for these links...that is good info.  I agree that the most suspicious thing is the silence and that is what I do not understand.  I am horrified to learn of the nano-organism. 


I cannot think of a single example where humans have intorduced an animal to the wild to "fix" something and it actually worked.

Comment by Ellen on January 28, 2011 at 12:54am

This link will tell you everything you need to know


Comment by Ellen on January 28, 2011 at 12:17am

The most suspicious thing to me is the silence on the subject.

Nano-organism (Synthia) which BP has admitted to putting into the Gulf waters is known now to be morphing after it attaches itself to live organisms.

The nano bio-organism was created to eat carbon-based life. The thinking was it would eat/modifying crude oil coming from the Gulf seabed.

Now, the nano bio-organism is morphing out of control and eating other carbon based life forms, being fish and birds, etc. Humans too, are carbon-based.


J. Craig Venter is the man who created Synthia, the nano bio-synthetic organism. The place he found the life form to use to create the synthetic "Synthia" was in the waters off the coast Austrailia, thus the reason we have the infection in that part of the world.

Only they can't. They have lost control of the monster they created. BP paid Venter $600 million to create the nano-synthetic.



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