FDL Book Salon Welcomes Amanda Coyne and Tony Hopfinger, Crude Awakening: Money Mavericks and Mayhem in Alaska

By: Sunday November 13, 2011 1:59 pm

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.


Gulf Residents Beg Kenneth Feinberg to Restore Livelihoods

By: 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.

Massive Amounts of Underwater Oil Droplets Which Organisms Eat Does Not Equal Victory in the Gulf

By: 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.

BP Capping Wages for Recovery Workers at $200 per Day

By: 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.

Solidarity: Alabama Fishermen Organize Bayou Blockade to Protest BP

By: 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.

Video: Meet Kay Lasseigne and Her Oyster Memorial

By: 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.

Louisiana Oysterman: Oil “Is a Total Disaster”

By: 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.

Fisherman to Oysters: “We Love You, Going to Miss You”

By: 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.”

Louisiana Fishermen: “How Are We Going to Live?”

By: 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.

Need, Greed and Oodles of Red Tape: A Trip Across Louisiana, Part 1

By: 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.

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