Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Gulf journals: Oil tarnishes photographer's canvas

 

Mike McHugh fell in love with the Perdido Key, Florida, back in 2000 because it reminded him of his native Australia’s beaches and relaxed, informal way of life.

 

“My work, when I travel, is highly stressful and this is just the perfect decompression chamber from the 'life on the road.' Nothing like an early morning walk on the beach, swim in the surf and a great sunrise and sunset to relieve the pressure,” McHugh said.

 

McHugh is a photographer and walks the beaches of Perdido almost every morning with his camera in hand. His Flickr account is full of photos from the area.

 

McHugh says he’s “sick about” the oil disaster and its effects on his town. “These are my beaches, my environment,” he said.

 

McHugh said that Perdido is known for its marine life, but when he went on his morning walk on the beach on June 10, he did not see any of the creatures. All he could see were barges laying boom. The same goes for the visitors and tourist who usually come to Perdido during the summer season, and whose visits are a big part of the Perdido economy.

 

“Usually the restaurants would be filled [with people] and lines waiting, but not today,” McHugh said. “It’s a May-September economy and it seems more like November before the snowbirds have arrived.”

 

Editor's Note: This blog post is part of a series of profiles of Gulf Coast residents and visitors directly affected by the oil disaster. If you'd like to share your story, you can upload photos and videos to CNN iReport. This profile was written by CNN iReport intern Carly Costello.

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June 15, 2010
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Tony and CNN first, great job!! This is horrible.  BP is not helping-they are creating a bigger mess-trying to save their company and get that oil for more profit. 

They price fixed with other companies.  Just think!  If they get this amount of oil and gas from this one well-they actually had surplus and price fixed and hurt the Nation making momey. 

 

No one and I mean no one for centuries have even checked to see what is going on with Oil Companies in Gulf, Alaska etc.  Bush/Chaney being oil men de-regulated the industry for profit.  So Homeland Security has not even checked to see who is out there or what is being done-they trusted them too much.  Now they feel they have the money and power to tell us what they will and will not do.  Scar1 would shut them down and folks would continue to get salaries but, there would be a major shake up for all.  Corp of Engineers fix the damn levy and replace the whole damn thing with new one.  IRS, Homeland Security, Interpol, ICE, all law enforcement along with Justice dept. and Supreme Court jump their asses now.  Get all data from Halliburton, BP, and Transocean for the last 20 years.  Oh hell yeah!  Geologist map underground problems like fault lines, problems caused by so much drilling and just shut stuff down.  Pay the people but, make sure you shake the foundation so this will not happen again and it is possible since BP has other wells.  How can you even trust these people?? And why isn't Halliburton helping-they got the equipment-they clean up Iraq and Iran so what are they doing. 

And Gibbs right on buddy!! We support President Obama 100%  Let him kick ass!!  Big time.  Hell BP, Halliburton and Transocean should pay the damn defici-start sending those checks now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Free oil and gas oh hell yeah!

June 15, 2010
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There’s a whole lot of “I” in this story, (as it should be for anyone that has enjoyed the blissful, calming blue waters of the gulf).  For far too long we’ve acted as if this place is our home exclusively.  We don’t believe or agree that the animals we share this planet with are free thinking, sentient beings that can experience the emotion of joy, of fear or loss and pain. 

 

But look closer, look until you see your own misshapen refection starting back at you through sad petroleum stained eyes. 

 

Tell me what you see then. 

 

I’m sure the gulls gasping to breathe through oil saturated lungs are thinking “I” sure wish I could breathe, “I” wish I could eat something that didn’t burn or was stay down.  “I” wish I could keep on living.  Because, for as little as I know, living, flying, twirling in bright sun, 100 feet in the air was fun.

 

I’m going to miss doing that.  “I” wish this was as painful as it is.  Is it supposed to hurt this way?  Is it supposed to burn this way when you die?

 

“I” sure am thirsty.  “I” can’t find any water to drink.  When “I” do, it tastes foul, it burns going down and it makes me sick.

 

Before it was illegal to do so, I’ve been in the water with animals, the manatee, the porpoise, fish, bird and all manner of water creatures.  I’ve fed them from my hands.  I’ve formed a bond with some I would have never broken in a million years and have forged others that I was grateful to break, blue crabs for instance.

 

I cry now for my water, for my marshes and swamps, nearly everyday now more gentle creatures that would not, could not harm us as well as those we depend on for food are dying off.  They know what’s happening to them.  They may not know who or what or even why it was done, but they can feel it happening none the less.  The goodtime of their life over, OVER!

 

Possibly for all time. 

 

Does this mean this disaster is limited to what some people still see as “Dumb Animals”? 

 

Hardly, encourage you to think three dimensionally.  For some of you it will the first time you’ve actually had to think, not out of the box, but how far the box reaches.  Yes, that is an interesting problem indeed.  Because this box is growing and it’s impacting more of our planet that most of us case imagine.  This is how you need to think, breadth, height and depth.  And as the waters currents, the so-called “Gulf loop current” there’s something else lurking in the dark waters of the Gulf, these are the Gulf Stream Currents and the Conveyer Currents.  The entire systems is known as thermohaline circulation and it does so much more that just take food north and bring cool water to the equator.

 

By all means, read about it, be afraid, be very, very afraid!

 

Be for you go however, there’s a lovely sea side home I’d like you to consider at our newest Love Canal residential community.  It comes complete with all the amenities of our original living community – But now, we have more advanced carcinogens in the water.  And we didn’t stop there!  It’s been added not just where your children play and swim.  Oh no, we’ve put it in their food as well.  We’ve even distributed not just oil but chemical dispersants to insure that ALL the sea life in the water column are exposed to, not just oil, but chemical so strong they can break oil down at the molecular level.

 

Eh? EH?  Just think about what a wild ride that’s going to be in your liver!  Now that’s Living! 

 

Thank you BP Where would we be without you.  I choose to ask that question now, because in six months there may be no one left to ask it at all.

 

June 15, 2010
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I am a professional mechanical engineer and have a viable solution to the leak. CNN - Please contact me. I have a drawing ready for presentation.

 

 

June 15, 2010
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The blame for the oil spill in the Gulf should not lay solely with the BP, Halliburton and Transocean.  Because of a lack of regulation and corruption our government is also to blame.  They have drpped the ball by allowing the "fox to mind the chicken coop."  Those who are "supposed" to be regulating Big Oil and Big Coal are either having their campaigns financed or their pockets lined by them. In the case of the office of Mineral Management Service, literally in bed with them.

 

But, because of our gargantuan thirst for cheap energy and our addiction to petrochemicals we, all of us, are ultimately to blame.  We chant "Drill Baby Drill" and then point the finger when things go horribly wrong!  With our cars, trucks, suv's, boats, planes, over-sized homes and voracious appetite for goods and services we “fuel” the demand.  The suppliers are only doing what WE demand of them to continue the supply.

 

The universe provides so many different sources of energy.  Why we  must choose to use those that are unsustainable, dirty our air, pollute our waterways, lay waste to our mountaintops, strip our forests, spew tons of carbon into our atmosphere and require military force to guarantee access and availability is beyond my comprehension!

 

June 15, 2010
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YBR

Boycott BP!!

June 15, 2010
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This guy needs to quit his whining. What about the animals who have lost there lives? What about the people who have lost their income? Seriously, how 'stressful' is it to be a photographer anyway?!?! Get the baby a rattle.

June 15, 2010
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Well stated, Mark1960. Man-made disasters are such huge reminders of how our planet and it's "innocent" creatures are at risk. Animals have no say in what goes on here; they're simply victims. The quest for profit drives very self-serving decisions and BP is an ugly example of that.  I'm sick of the kind of people who think big business should have it's way with degregulation.  Do we ever learn?  This is why I'm passionately down on "pro-business only" agendas that lack any element of environmental conciousness and regard to safety.  If we don't look for alternative fuel solutions soon, our kids will have nothing anyway...and everyone is worried about them facing a mere tax bill?  Again, down to money. My heart goes out to the impacted wildlife; it's a sickening sight I'm sure.  As a scuba diver and underwater photographer for 30 yrs., I've seen our oceans/reefs change and not for the better. I don't need anymore proof than my own experience.

Can we learn from this horrendous mess and regulate oil companies NOW and make them fully accountable for all damage? I sure hope so.

June 15, 2010
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It is always amusing watching people who haven't done their research blame only two of the horrible politicians in the last two decades. The Clinton/Gore administration was instrumental in deregulating deep water drilling and the party continued through the Bush/Cheney years. Unfortunately liberals have selective memory worse than conservatives. Liberals ALWAYS want to be right even when faced with irrefutable evidence that they are wrong. In those cases they change the subject and attack the person who has the smoking gun...

June 15, 2010
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"Puremotion" I am a professional mechanical engineer and have a viable solution to the leak. CNN - Please contact me. I have a drawing ready for presentation.

 

Any ideas are welcome ,Puremotion please continue posting this  until u get an answer.

June 15, 2010
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Very laughable, Pantalones! And I'm not even a big bad "liberal"! It's funny how conservatives are quick to judge anyone who doesn't go along with their idealogue as "liberal."  I'm in the middle.  I'm for clean air and water and a healthy planet. You want to label me or anyone who holds this view as liberal, well have at it. I guess I can be proud to say I give a damn about the air even you breathe. Blame whatever political party you want. I just want solutions and don't care what party delivers them; be nice if they both did.  I just have a feeling that we aren't likely to see the GOP give a rat's butt about the environment anytime soon. "Drill baby drill" seems to be the prevailing solution for them. btw...Show us facts about Clinton deregulating deep water drilling; just curious.

June 15, 2010
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Well said mark, I've only visited some of the beaches affected and it tears me up to know all the little lifes lost to this tragity.

Noone2112, if you have ever been in the art business, it is very stressful, no matter what you do. Oh and I really don't care about who lost their jobs, they can cope and learn a new trade. I'm feel for them, but they can get another job. Its the animals who can't cope or live in their environment now.

June 15, 2010
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Scar1, I hope that post was filled with sarcasm.. If not, you've got a lot to learn when it comes to refining and how much oil is consumed in the US on a daily basis.  Also, how many centuries have these big oil companies been around??  Please do tell.  I'm very curious.  I love the rebuild the levy and how drilling has impacted fault lines.. Do you really believe this stuff?  If these things were as easy as you say, why aren't you in Washington running things?  Sounds to me like you've got it all figured out! haha 

June 15, 2010
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Want to know one of the saddest things?

The GOP faithful blames this on the "libs" - for pushing off-shore drilling away from the shallows for environmental concerns. Amazing - they never learn.

June 15, 2010
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I don't care about "lost jobs" either. I've lost a job once (thanks Carly Fiorina)and learned to re-tool and find another one. BP needs to be accountable and compensate them for their lost incomes anyway.

June 15, 2010
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I Can't understand everytime the news comes on they talk about how much oil thease ships can take in lets talk about stopping the oil like yesderday.like i herd the other day we need all branches from the military put down conputers in out there in the water stop all the talking and attack this like a real war and stop worrying who's the blam.

June 15, 2010
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They are between a rock and a hard place. If they apply too much pressure on the BOP it will cause the wellbore casing to degrade and possibly give. If the well imploded, it could possibly create a tidal wave. I think they should create a curtain like funnel from surface to source and park tankers around they open funnel on the surface, possibly a half mile in radius. Have tankers suck up the spill but contain the spread of oil to who knows where.  

June 15, 2010
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I believe MMS should also be at fault for their lack of doing THEIR job. We are suffering through the worst economic downfall, auditors and regulators slacked on their jobs and they still got paid while others are risking their lives to satisfy their NEED. THey accepted money drugs and gifts so MMS would turn the other way. I know BP is completely responsible but BP did not act alone on violating regulation,  killing 11 people and killing our ocean!

June 15, 2010
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I bet the casing deep below the ground is extremely damaged literally burst and there are ground seam leaks all around the area where the pipe burst. The minimum force of the oil and gas coming out of that hole is reported to be a minimum of 7000 PSI and as high as about 40 to 70,000 PSI .If this is true,this thing is a volcano.Basically if they were able to put a giant block of cement on the end of that pipe,the force would blow the cement and the remainder of the pipe out of the ocean floor. In other words, it can't be capped too tightly.This is a pretty grim situation. And you wonder why flows are increasing.

 

I'll wait now for the feds to come knocking. Hopefully this question will be asked during tonight's speech.

June 15, 2010
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noone2112:

You misread the quotes. When I say my beaches & my environment, I take it personally what is happening to the environment I & my family and all the Gulf Coast residents (wildlife included) live. I take it personally that our beaches are fouled, I take it personally what we are all dealing with. I'm sick and I'm angry at what has been done to this beautiful area, the struggles of the business owners, fishermen and everyone who lives and coexists in this fragile ecosystem.

You also misread the quote walking the beaches, photographing the area and wildlife is my stress reliever, and you are correct, it is not very stressful at all, to the contrary.

I don't want to play blame games, I'll let others do that...I want action! I want Louisiana's fragile marshes and Nature Refuges to be saved and restored, I want the shrimpers and oystermen to have their beds protected, I want the brown pelican and Great Blue Heron, and the ecosystem of the entire Gulf that supports so many to be as it was before the Deepwater Horizon explosion covered all our futures in oil.

June 16, 2010
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I think that BP needs to contact the California Conservation Corps. They respond to natural disasters and emergency response. They have been a great help to california with pervious oil spills.

June 16, 2010
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Jopani, what pantalones is doing is saying exactly what people need to be reminded of all the time because most people are to caught up with the trend of blaming GW for all their woes. The government agencies responsible for regulating all industry have been riddled with former lobbyist and former employees from the very companies they are suppose to be regulating. And all of this did not start when GW took office. It has been going on for quite some time.

As for your comment about conservatives judging anyone who does not go along with their ideology as a liberal, well it's been my experience that it goes both ways.

Liberals are only tolerant of those that share their views. I think that mindset is completely f#$ked. People in America need to realize they are Americans first and foremost. It is not the Democratic States of America or the Republican States of America, it is the United States of America. People in this country need to get back to basics. The government needs to get back to the basics of being an administrative entity.

The government needs to defend our country from the bs that is destroying the waterways in the Gulf of Mexico.

This could have been prevented and it wasn't because the government lost sight of their responsibilities. BP, is just as culpable as the government. The blame, however does not rest squarely on their shoulders. It's both the republican and democrats in our government who are at fault. They allowed the deregulation of the industry, both parties not just one or the other.

June 16, 2010
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Scar1, I'm sorry to say that your comment about no one paying any attention for "centuries" what the oil companies were doing in the gulf, alaska etc...

is just a little stupid. Considering oil was not discovered in Alaska until 1968. That has not even been one hundred years yet. Off shore drilling has been going on for quite some time at least since the late 1800's so you could say that no one has payed attention for a century and you would be correct. However your comment comes off as though America has been a round for a few thousand years and no one was paying attention for hundreds of those years.

June 16, 2010
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bulfrog, as you know, we tend to align our political choices by way of how best they represent our personal values.  We make choices.  True, both sides have culpability in  government decisions, but as a rule, Dems & some Independents tend to favor the environment over profit.   And don't even attempt to tell me that Bush/Cheney were not aligned with big oil; I'm not that stupid.  As for liberals, I see them representing people and the environment. Sorry, but I don't have a problem with that. Again, I tend to be somewhere in the middle on many issues, but not willing compromise when it comes to protecting the environment or when it comes to women's right to choose.  Those are my hot buttons.  Nature has a way of showing us when things are not right; many humans are unaware or simply not interested and they coast through life only thinking about themselves.  I just want a healthy planet.

June 16, 2010
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please check out SARA superfund amendments and reauthorization act 1986 a trust fund with 8.5 bilion dolars in it.at http//www.epa.gov/superfund/sara.htm were is Sara, and this money? we need this relief now call your local politicans and your congressmen senitors you can help the cause,with one phone call e-mailfoward this message to a fishermen in your family

June 16, 2010
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It's only the "Redneck Riviera". No self-respecting progressive would be caught dead over there.

This is why El Presidente isn't too concerned about it.

Besides - who couldn't use a beach that comes with unlimited tanning oil!

On a serious note, I am disgusted with how this is being handled. Where is Greenpeace? Where is the National Audobon Society? Where are all the usual suspects who come out of the woodworks whenever someone drops a candy wrapper on the ground?

Where is the leadership?

 

June 16, 2010
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There will always be accidents. It's part of nature, and part of life. We are not separated from the environment, we are the environment. And the environment is not something to worship and protect, but something we must shape to our needs. Every so often something will blow up, something will get dirty, and some fish, birds, and trees will die. The same way they do in a volcano or earthquake.

 

The answer is not to stop progress, but simply to reduce the odds of future accidents. But new accidents will always happen. That is acceptable. A few birds and a few trees and even a few humans will die. That is acceptable.

 

We should do our best to clean the mess, and let nature do the rest. If that means no birds for 75 years in a particular area, that is acceptable.

 

Fishermen can move, so can purveyors of suntan lotion and smoked clams.

 

What we should NOT do is panic and start passing all kinds of laws to stop human progress.

 

There will always be accidents as we progress and learn. That is acceptable. There will always be death and destruction in small to moderate doses as we progress. That is acceptable. And unavoidable.

 

I continue to want advancements in all walks of life. I continue to want more luxuries and bigger and better cars, computers, homes, etc. I want science to advance, I want society to advance. I recognize that on occasion there will be spectacular accidents. To me it is acceptable.

 

 

June 16, 2010
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Hey manisnature, are you high?

I don't think anybody, other than the President wants to pass more laws. We're saying that we need action on the CURRENT mess.

I agree that progress should not be halted; but I don't agree that you say "Oops! May bad..." and move on. If that's how we react to these disasters, then we're in for a bigger mess than we have now.

Shame on you for suggesting that.

June 16, 2010
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TO THE MOST RECENT PRESS CONFERENCE IN WHICH THE ADMIRAL SPOKE IN RESPONSE TO THE SECOND REPORTER'S QUESTION:

 

Why hasn't the Admiral set up a deputy to deal with the locals in Louisiana? He mentioned Mississippi, Alabama & Florida... but not LOUISIANA.  Does America need to be reminded that LOUISIANA is ground zero for the oil disaster in the gulf?? Sure, tourist industries in other gulf states are truly hurting but our (LA)  LIFELINE, our family business, ARE DESTROYED. 

 

ALSO:

Why is the White House speaking with a former Mississippi governor about formulating a clean-up plan and has not recruited the help of OUR CURRENT GOVERNOR.  Louisiana SUPPLIES the gulf states with the seafood their tourists, restaurants and hotels so covet and, although these states are suffering, OUR family seafood farmers, harvesters and fishermen have completely lost their way of life.  For Louisiana residents, IT IS NOT A MATTER OF MONEY AND CENTS

 

Money/Claims might be a central issue for the pizza parlors in Pensacola and hotels in Biloxi that lost A SINGLE SEASON's revenues, but for Louisiana, it is a devastation as complete as if someone had just bombed out coast.  LA residents have lost their entire INVENTORY OF GOODS, their income and most importantly, the environmental resources to replenish their goods, services and  inventory.  It will take most coastal Louisiana residents upwards of THREE YEARS to rebuild their LAND, their FARMS, their WAY OF LIFE.  Go ahead and double that if we expect to be profitable.

 

Louisiana's coasts are not a tourism industry...we are farmers, offshore workers, transporters, and support providers for businesses operating in the gulf.  Beaches can get pretty by the next "high-season"... Louisiana's wetlands, oyster farms, fishing industry, shrimping industry and OUR WETLANDS are ALREADY IRREVOCABLY DAMAGED.

 

Imagine if some chemical Goliath accidentally destroyed the wheat crops in the mid-west.  Can you imagine that the response effort would be the same? Would the government focus on helping the consumers of wheat or WOULD THEY FOCUS ON THE AMERICAN WHEAT PRODUCERS????  We are the wheat farmers.  Hotels and beaches and the oh-I'm-sorry BP paid you $10,00-for-lost-revenues Pizza Parlor in Pensacola are not the ones rebuilding their LAND.  Louisiana residents are REBUILDING THEIR LAND.  THE LAND THEY DEPEND ON TO EARN AN INCOME.  No monetary commitment will appease that loss. Would a second-generation, American, wheat farmer want or know how to be anything but a farmer?

 

I can drive 5 minutes from my home, take a 20 minute boat ride, and fill a gas can with the OIL ON MY COAST.  Not little balls of oil on precious, white beaches...this is OIL 30 minutes from my home.  This is oil in MY BACK YARD.  Why does the media and the white house continue to overlook the fact that oil hit Louisiana's shores long before anyone else? That oil has devastated our economy since the 3 week? Why are other states being referred too? WHY DOES LOUISIANA NOT HAVE A DEPUTY ASSIGNED TO THEM TO DEAL WITH LOCAL?FEDERAL claims?

 

You know, all those pictures in everyones newsroom COME FROM OUR STATE!!!! All the birds covered in oil, marsh grasses with the petroleum sheen, people in white gloves who submerge their hands and pull up covered in oil.... ALL OF THOSE IMAGES ARE IMAGES OF LOUISIANA's COAST. 

 

A VERY frustrated citizen of LOUISIANA

Jennifer

 

PS:

(Proud member of the "WHO DAT" Nation)

June 16, 2010
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June 16, 2010
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Why are CNN's reporters in Pensacola talking about pizza parlor owners that ALREADY RECEIVED $10,00 in compensation from BP and not in Louisiana? Your picture sir, would be full of oil if you were standing here in Louisiana.  For us, its not just about people not visiting because they "fear the oil might appear"... for us Louisiana the oil has ALREADY come ashore and has YET TO BE CLEANED.  Sure, we don't have tourist industries with pizza parlors but we are suffering from an ACTUAL ENVIRONMENTAL disaster.  NOT a possible one.  So why isn't CNN sending reporters to talk /blog about the irrecoverable condition of our coastline??  Sure, Pensacola may be the central focus of the current monetary claims (and they are suffering), but Louisiana's environment is ACTUALLY destroyed... ALREADY DESTROYED.  Our coastal residents have lost the RESOURCES they depend on to earn a living.  Will someone please report on this? Everyone forgets to mention how hard it is to rebuild Federally protected wetlands.. how hard it is to rebuild the land you depend on, I do mean the actual physical land we depend on, to earn a living.

 

If some company accidently destroyed the wheat fields or dairy farms of an American farmer, or in an entire US state,  would CNN you be focusing on the grocery stores that lost on wheat/dairy revenues???????? I just can't believe y'all, CNN and especially you...how could you report on this oil leak while filming on a beautiful and, AS YET UNAFFECTED BEACH in PENSACOLA?

 

Y'all rarely lose sight of the issue, the "heartbeat" of those affected.  But with this... y'all need to LEAVE FL and get to the areas already damaged, already suffering, already destroyed and bring that to light.  Start asking some tough questions about the environmental damage already done and not about "stigmas"!  Americans' own property ALREADY irrecoverably destroyed...with no set environmental clean up plan in progress.  Florida can recover from the damn STIGMAS, consumers come back.  Why focus on that when there is ACTUAL environmental damage that no one, and no part of $20bill can easily repair...we need help.  FOCUS ON THAT.

 

SERIOUSLY:

We don't walk outside our homes and see some lawyer with $20billion.  WE walk outside our home and see OIL covering everything and no one is teaching us and/or helping us figure out how to clean it up.  Even if BP did give me money, I still would have no idea how to get rid of the oil on my property...how to get my land back to the way it was.  CNN is always asking viewers "How can you help?"  Well, CNN, maybe y'all need to reflect on that question.

June 16, 2010
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It's really time to stop whining and pull yourself up by your bootstraps. If that means moving to another state, then so be it. Complaining and looking for news coverage is not going to restart your life. The disaster happened, it's reality. Time to move to another area. America is a big country with opportunities galore. If you are a fisherman and the coast is unfishable, you have to turn on the boat motor and move to another area outside the gulf. That's just reality. News coverage and handouts cannot help you, you have to help yourself.

June 16, 2010
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listen sweetheart... unique things about us Louisiana locals... we do pull through and thankfully, we have nationwide news coverage of a disaster 5 years ago to support that.  So, I think i can ask my fellow Americans to understand that it is not about the hotels and pizza parlors and Spring Break businesses...It's about my HOME. MY LAND. MY ENVIRONMENT.  I will ask my most trusted news source to report on that; you, can call it what you want.  It's not whining when you're simply looking for someone to help you clean crude off YOUR PROPERTY (not profit...property).  It's not whining to ask CNN to report on the actual, should-be-but-has-rarely-been-documented environmental effects.  How else are we supposed to get the EPA down here to teach us? 

 

MONEY DOES NOT SOLVE EVERYTHING:

 

BP is not responsible for teaching private citizens how to renew their US land...they only have to "pay" us for losses.  No MANISNATURE, is it not whining when I speak up and address the needs of MY community.  I am not whining when I ask that someone refocus and help/teach/advise us how to physically rid our community of this oil; how to rebound and get back on with our lives.

 

But, MANISNATURE, to each his own.

 

Still a Frustrated Coastal Louisiana Resident

 

Jennifer

June 16, 2010
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PS:

 

CNN Reports from Florida, where businesses such as PIZZA PARLORS ON ENVIRONMENTALLY UNAFFECTED BEACHES IN PENSACOLA, FL ARE RECEIVING MONEY. That is my grievance... CNN is reporting from an area of people that is AS YET UNAFFECTED EXCEPT FOR A "STIGMA" that affects tourism.  THAT IS IRRESPONSIBLE.  YOU DONT KNOW WHAT LOUISIANA's COASTLINE LOOKS LIKE.  I CAN ASSURE YOU THOUGH, IT LOOKS NOTHING LIKE FLORIDA.

 

Get your facts right before being so judgmental.

June 16, 2010
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I would have a lot more sympathy is I saw less people standing on the beach whineing and sam more doing, but of course doing nothing for ourselves and blaming others is what America does best. Joy of joys this time we have a foreigner to blame! Hard truth is we wanted every gallon of oil the planet could produce and didnt want to pay anything for it and now we must pay the piper. We are BP's willing accomplice in this mess. Please dont keep using the word 'tragedy' - that is the word for what a US company did in Bhopal, killing thousands and leaving a long legacy of contnued death. Every know-nothing researcher is doing a study on this spill's effect on wildlife - I dont remember anyone clamoring to do the same in Bhopal. The only reason Obama and the other rebrobates in Washigton give a damn about any of this is because they see a chance to look slightly less morally bankrupt.

June 16, 2010
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Hi, I am really sorry about the whole damage in our nature, in the ocean and the american coast. But also I am wondering what if we fill( but we keep it little  loose) a big strong plastic bag with hundreds of lead balls( maybe only with small stones) about 5 to 10 ounces each and we try to push this bag( 10 to 20 tons maybe) over the hole in the ocean. It's not a rigid burden it's a plastic one and it will take the form of the soil down under the water and mayby it will help to cover and stop the escaping petrol from the hole! maybe we need to push couple bags like this one! when we have a flood we usually use the sands bags and it is something like! excuse me, maybe my invention is too naif but as a citizen of this planet I would like to defend my earth, my people, my family and my self! thanks.

June 16, 2010
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right that's my point... CNN NEEDS TO STOP FILMING FLORIDA's pristine beaches and start filming the real TRAGEDY.  Not all US coasts are beaches...  why don't they report from Louisiana's coast...anywhere...OIL is there.... it might be marshland... tourists might not visit... but the oil is here.  DIP YOUR HAND IN THE WATER...FILM THE BOAT RIDE... the oil is there.

 

ALL OF THOSE IMAGES ARE LOUISIANA WATERS.  So why the heck is CNN filming in FLORIDA??  Will someone please, respectfully, answer that question...???  Stop using images of our wildlife, our coastline, our habitat, our destroyed wetlands to introduce your grief stricken reporters who "use to vacation in Florida".  FLORIDA's beaches are NOT representative of the damage caused to the US coastline.  I dare and beg someone to film ours.  Why represent to the country that the coast is clear? FLORIDA has beaches... FLORIDA's senator has been invited to the energy legislation mtg with OBAMA 1 week from now....yeah, FLORIDA is important politically.  BUT WHY DOES CNN PORTRAY US AS WHINERS WITH LITTLE VISIBLE PROBLEM??

 

TAKE NOTE:

FLORIDA IS NOT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE irreversible environmental disaster occurring each day with this oil spill.

 

Deepwater Horizon is 50 miles from the US coast in LOUISIANA, not FLORIDA

June 17, 2010
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I've seen plenty of sympathy-bludgeoning photos of oily birds from Louisiana. I get it. Birds and fish and plants will die for awhile. It is not that big a deal. They will regenerate within 100 years or so. In the big picture, this is a minor mishap nothing more.

 

Now if your lifestyle and income are interrupted by an accident, you need to get off your butt and move to another area and get a job.

 

You can't sit there and moan that your little section of coastline is not being adequately mourned. We all know your marshes have oil in them. Move on. Bacteria will take care of it over time. Meanwhile, get on with your life. Move somewhere and get a job. This is not the last place on Earth to live. There are 20 billion other places just as good.

 

I'm already seeing people in Louisiana attempting to construct a gravy train to leech off of by playing up the oil spill into a biblical disaster. It is no such thing. I do not intend to have this balloon into an opportunity to fleece the US taxpayer so that some damned minimum wage fisherman can roll this accident into a personal cottage industry.

 

There are other places to fish and other places to live. Move there.

June 17, 2010
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Wow. Way to completely miss the point of my response. It's a handy tool... Playing on peoples' stereotypes to advance your agenda. I'm sure you used the same type of logic in your critical, judgmental, overtly- stereotypical assesment of the Katrina victims. We are not asking for money. Why can't you and all you buddy-buddy critics acknowledge that. HAS OUR STATE demanded monetary funds???  No.  No.  No. We ask for help. For environmental expertise. For someoneto simply help us contain a situation the will devoid our residents of the physical resources to pick themselves back up WITHOUT a fricken handout.  Believe this MANISNATURE:  we do adapt...your community has one economic disaster in 80 years. Ours had one 5 years ago and is having it again. If that proves anything, it proves we are not victims. We are survivors. We do not want your pity. We DO NOT need your pity.

 

We want our PHYSICAL LAND back. That's it. No one in coastal Louisiana believes a government handout will help them support their family. People here ADAPT...they consistently find new ways of supporting themselves, they learn new skills.  It is a catch 22...we choose to live here so we must be flexible how we earn our living. We always have been. So stop. Louisiana dies not receive and significant amour of government aid and we aren't asking for it.

 

To hear you critisize us is comparable to critisizing victims of other NATURAL DISASTERS. it's not like we woke up that day ready for a natural disaster to destroy us. But it happened. It destroyed our resources. So go ahead, feel good about you self-righteous POV.

 

It doesn't change the fact that if YOU woke up tomorrow and the office you visited every day was COMPLETLY destroyed YOU would be out of a job. Would you be looking to complain? Looking for goby handouts? NO NO NO!!!

 

Should I critisize you for not being able to find a completely new career, with absolutely no ablicavle experience or skill set, within 2 months?   umm....  NO.

June 17, 2010
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I would like to see more coverage of the media blackout that BP & our government are still imposing according to an Associated Press letter sent to President Obama and made public just yesterday. Youtube has several videos of reporters being harassed and threatened by BP security, why does CNN remain silent about this.

June 17, 2010
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I am from Quebec and for me it just feels like the oil spill happened in my backyard. It is like I can smell the oil. You people have no ideas how heartbroken I am recently I type this I cry, I go to work I cry. This disaster not only does physical harm but tremendous psychological harm.I just feel like dyin with the pelicans. The truth is the world has changed tremendously since 2001 and its not for the better.

If someone reads this please write to me and tell me what exactly are you doing to my planet, that blue jewel in the night sky.Please stop polluting before it is too late for all of us.I just cannott take it anymore to wake up every morning and feel like nobody cares for the future.This is really an SOS and BP will pay. I guarantee you that they will pay and they will pay dearly. I am if it did not exist before the pelican's lawyer.Watch me !

June 19, 2010
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a large cylinder with a cap fitted with a top and valve and hose can be lowered onto the leak area and pumped to waiting tankers. just like the casons during the footing of the brooklyn bridge 100 years ago. not too hard?

June 24, 2010
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SocialGuerilla, I'm with you man. Louisiana's coast is much more affected-no, destroyed than Florida's right now. You are 100% right, what is happening in Florida is miniscule compared to Louisiana.

This is not a fight between the states though, the currents and tides hit you with the OIL first, but it's coming here more and more of it.

We have marshes and wetlands also. Yes and beaches and wildlife even an occasional pizza parlor too.

Everything is damaged by this catastrophe. I can only report what I see. There are iReporters in Louisiana covering what is happening there.

I want to prevent the extent of damage the Louisiana coastline has from hitting here.

Over 2 months of spewing oil most of it is still out there in the Gulf...its going to go somewhere, we don't know where it will end up. One day all we get is tarballs, some beaches don't get anything and a mile away its oil...now its also starting to hit Panama City.

Louisiana needs so much no doubt about it, at the same time  I want to save Florida from experiencing the same degree of devastation.

June 30, 2010
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Only when the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the air and water have been poluted to unusable levels, that it will be realized that money can not be eaten.

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