Crude Awakening explains the growing pains and tribulations of a new state coming of age in the modern era – a state of wilderness, and Sourdoughs, thousands of years of Native culture, fishermen, prospectors and pioneers, brilliant minds and brave souls writing their own Constitution. In some ways comparable to the spirit of newness, hope and optimism of Philadelphia in the 1830s, Alaska’s coming out party had a darker and more raucous side.
|By: Jeanne Devon Sunday November 13, 2011 1:59 pm|
|By: Brian Sonenstein Wednesday January 12, 2011 6:15 pm|
With the release of the Presidential Oil Spill Commission report this week, we’re seeing some renewed interest in the fallout from the BP oil spill. In particular, the $20 billion escrow fund managed by Kenneth Feinberg has been a main point of contention between the Gulf and BP since last fall, when BP began threatening to withhold compensation to residents if Congress placed greater restrictions on their drilling.
|By: David Dayen Saturday July 31, 2010 11:00 am|
The whole PR strategy for BP has been to keep the oil off the shore, so people like TIME’s Michael Grunwald would bail them out with articles about how the disaster isn’t all that bad. But just because we can’t see the insides of the organisms in the food chain, that doesn’t mean their intake of oil and other chemicals isn’t devastating for the ecosystem and for the industries which rely on the marine food chain.
|By: Michael Whitney Thursday July 1, 2010 12:33 pm|
Fishermen contracted by BP in the recovery effort for its recovery effort have their wages capped at $200/day, reports Mother Jones’ Mac McClelland. That wouldn’t be terrible for fishermen, but getting assigned to work is based on a lottery system, making it difficult to get regular work. Worse yet, many fear the system is rigged for favoritism.
|By: Michael Whitney Thursday June 3, 2010 6:50 pm|
Alabama fishermen used a half-dozen boats to prevent access to the Mississippi Sound in an early morning blockade to protest BP’s unfair hiring practices yesterday. The fishermen, who’ve been idled by the massive ban on fishing in the oiled waters of the Gulf of Mexico, say BP is hiring far more recreational boaters than commercial fishermen in its cleanup efforts.
|By: Michael Whitney Wednesday June 2, 2010 3:15 pm|
Last week I told you about my morning spent with Kay and Raleigh Lasseigne, a fisherman husband and his wife who live in Grand Isle, Louisiana. I introduced you to Raleigh earlier today, and you saw their memorial to their oysters in photos on Friday; now let Kay show you herself.
|By: Michael Whitney Wednesday June 2, 2010 11:30 am|
Raleigh Lasseigne was a fisherman, shrimper, and crabber, and oysterman who sold his catch from a small building next to his home. Together with his son, also a fisherman, Raleigh’s life was the ocean and its bounty. Now Raleigh says it’s all covered in oil. “It’s a total disaster for the oyster business,” Raleigh told me Friday.
|By: Michael Whitney Friday May 28, 2010 1:05 pm|
I went to the home of Raleigh and Kay Leseigne, 60-something residents of Grand Isle who have both lived here their whole lives. Raleigh and Kay made a memorial to their last oysters, putting them up on a shelf in their home. Kay wrote on the memorial: “We love you, going to miss you.”
|By: Michael Whitney Friday May 28, 2010 7:30 am|
I spent a heartbreaking three hours with Louisiana fishermen Jim and Angel. They work and live on a mid-size shrimping boat docked on Grand Isle, Louisiana. They’ve been through Hurricanes Katrina, Gustav, and Ike. They’ve been through more hardships than many of us can imagine. Each time, they’ve got through because they had the one thing on which they could always count: the water and its bounty. And now it’s gone.
Watch Jim and Angel describe how the oil disaster affects them.
|By: Ivan Oleander Saturday May 22, 2010 6:00 pm|
The press, the oil, and the plight of the fishermen — a journey down State Highway 23 in Louisiana through Plaquemines and Jefferson Parishes, towards the Gulf of Mexico.