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.


Grand Isle and the Illusion of Health

By: Friday July 16, 2010 12:35 pm

I am in town for a week to visit with my family here in Louisiana and am curious to see if there was evidence of the BP tragedy in my hometown. What I do find is very interesting and consistent with a place that lives with the tangible possibility of danger and excitement on a seasonal basis. The two seasons that come to mind are hurricane and Mardi Gras.

BP Claims Tides Will Help Remove Oil from Marshes

By: Friday June 4, 2010 6:00 am

In a press conference on the beach of Grand Isle, Louisiana last week, a BP spokesman claimed that the company’s solution to removing oil from marshes will be to set up boom that will capture oil as the tides come in an out. BP clearly doesn’t begin to know, understand, or care about the realities of the problems created by its oil disaster.

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.

Video: In Baby Talk, Mary Landrieu Explains BP Accountability

By: Sunday May 30, 2010 8:00 am

“I pwomise you, we’ll make that big ole BP pay a lot of money, OK? Billions of dollars, I pwomise you. We’re going to have a big cleanup job and it’s going to get cleaned up, all right?” said Landrieu.

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.”

Cleanup Theater in Full Effect as Obama Comes to Grand Isle, LA

By: Friday May 28, 2010 11:20 am

President Obama arrived on Grand Isle, Louisiana moments ago. His motorcade came zipping through the main road along the beach. Once sounds of helicopters and police sirens were audible, almost the whole restaurant along the road emptied to catch a glimpse of the 40mph+ motorcade. Ahead of Obama’s visit to this seven-mile-long island, BP brought in at least 100 additional cleanup workers from other areas. Eight school buses were parked at the foot of the bridge into town this morning, with dozens of cleanup workers milling about the bait shop and deli. They all wore distinct clothing from the workers who have been cleaning up the island this week.

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.

BP, Coast Guard Dance Around Question of Who’s in Charge of Grand Isle Cleanup

By: Thursday May 27, 2010 2:40 pm

I just came from a press conference held on the beach of Grand Isle, Louisiana. It was a joint briefing by representatives of BP and the Coast Guard. When questioned about which entity was in charge of the operation, there was clear confusion about how to answer the question. In fact, no one was in charge of how to answer that question.

Need, Greed and Oodles of Red Tape: Second Day in Grand Isle, Louisiana

By: Thursday May 27, 2010 7:00 am

The people here can and have lived through just about anything but losing the ability to fish, and on that note everyone in the bar ordered another round. “We have always had the water but now we have nothing.” We should all write our representatives and let them know we want BP to be held accountable for they’re actions and make sure that the businesses and communities affected by this disaster are properly compensated as well as the wildlife and coastline rehabilitated.

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