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Eileen Romero has made the 120-mile drive from New Orleans to Grand Isle, Louisiana, several times since May to document the effects of the oil disaster on the coastal community and its wildlife.
“I cannot fathom the depth and breadth of the emotions these residents feel,” Romero said after a recent visit to Grand Isle. “I am still so angry today and they are there watching this every day.”
Grand Isle holds a special place in Romero’s heart. As a teen and into her adult years, she and her friends would go surf fishing for Redfish there. Witnessing the oil disaster is especially rough for Romero, who’s seen her share of devastation. She says memories of Hurricane Katrina are all too fresh for residents in the region, many of whom just finished rebuilding after five years.
One local told her, “This is just like Katrina all over again. We're sitting around and waiting for an impending doom.”
On her visits, Romero has spoken to many Grand Isle locals, and she paid a local shrimper the price of his gas to take her out onto the oil-infested water. As she toured the area, Romero saw “streams of dispersed oil floating atop the water maybe 50 yards from shore,” and dozens of oil-covered birds. There were only a couple of local boats contracted with BP to assist with clean up efforts.
“I started having tears run down my face. I was thinking about the oiled birds,” Romero said. “It just breaks my heart to see the wildlife.”
Romero has taken dozens of pictures of oil-covered birds and beaches along Grand Isle and Grand Bess Island, a famous bird sanctuary. Romero said that the oil is now in the bay of Grand Isle, and she spoke to iReporter Johnny Colt yesterday about Grand Bess Island and he said that it is now covered in oil.
When asked why she continues to visit the barrier islands, her answer was simple: “Because I care.”
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.
Your report reaches out to us. I have been critical of CNN reports of pristine beaches in Florida and it is reassuring that our assumptions of bias are unfounded. Again, thank you for a story on the residents of my community.
This type of news story will help us help ourselves. Much appreciation.
A lot-less-frustrated Coastal Louisiana Resodent
Thank you for the kind comment. That really means a lot to me.
I don't know whose it is but that image of the crosses with the names of everything that's been affected is an extremely powerful, artistic, and brilliant means of illustrating the death caused by this disaster. Until now, I hadn't grasped the loss of life as it's seemingly been purposely vague and concealed.
It's all a damn shame, but nature will recover. Oil is, after all, a substance of nature.
By taking a large airform and lowering it over the discharge to collect the discharge with relief valves at the peak will work
The idiocy behind these is infuriating. What about the PEOPLE that died on that offshore platform. Or are they not important enough? And are these people making these blasphemous graves out there helping or are they just polluting the world with their stupidity? i thought so. Go back to california
Please, note that when Mr. Obama spoke to the nation about the oil spill, he said that the US,(Americans), are addicted to oil and that oil is a fossil fuel!!!. A scientist from an university, in an article, told Obama that oil is not a fossil fuel it was NOT produced by the Dynosors!!!. This scientific researcher, told Obama that oil is "produced in the deep of the planet". So, if this is true, then, the oil well can NOT be closed and the spill will NOT be stopped!, who knows for how long time it will be spilling out the oil into the gulf or maybe into all world's oceans!!!. It seems to me like a planet's haemorrhage for which there is NO doctor to stop it!!!.
Elitesack, that's a pretty ignorant comment. A broken-hearted resident of Grand Isle made the display of crosses, and believe me, the 11 dead rig workers are never far from the minds of those who live here. Perhaps you'd best look beyond your peculiar biases and get your facts straight before you start disparaging people of whom you have no knowledge.
Charlie21, i take it due to your SUPREME stupidity you are either from California, oregon, washington or possibly some forgot section of new york. Name one single so called fossil fuel that is created by dinosaurs, i would love to hear your answer, oh wait do we use t rex teeth to power our cars? my bad i forgot. Learn what a fossil fuel is before you go back to supporting sarah palin who you are probably smarter than. which is bad.
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.
me too nickb5. actually no. i just dont care.
I am also saddened by the adverse effects of the oil spill as well. However, I always am disturbed to see humans elevate nature above humanity. I Would love to know if these same people that put the crosses out would acknowledge the millions of babies murdered by abortion over the years. My suspicion is, that they would not.
Eileen Romero has made the 120-mile drive from New Orleans to Grand Isle, Louisiana, several times since May to document the effects of the oil disaster on the coastal community and its wildlife.>>
Not entirely sure how to respond. Someone is making multiple, unnecessary 240mi round trips to make a point about the oil companies harming the environment? Not the best way to reduce oil consumption which forces us to drill deep sea wells.
Just found out the oil rigs in the gulf are on the move to Brazil where Pres Obama has sent BILLIONS of our dollars to assist them in deep water drilling for oil. Does this sound a little strange to anyone but me? What about using that money to STOP THE OIL LEAK IN THE GULF to save the flora and fauna and PEOPLE'S JOBS HERE IN THE US/GULF COAST.
After all we are just Little People, what can we do. Big people like BP can do as they please and live it up. Great republican agenda.
This was the image that mattered to me...to those parts of the gulf that are REALLY paying the price..and sadly, will continue to die off while the human components wade thru mountains of political and coorporate red tape and greed. This photo tells it all...thanks for sharing it.
Good story but I have to say whoever made that faux graveyard is a moron... Instead of helping to clean the oil this idiot makes a fake graveyard. Sorry I sound harsh but that's reality...
I think they need to add another headstone for "TREES" for all the wood they used to make the graveyard
Just came back from Flordia. A couple of local residents were overheard talking about a guy they knew that had gotten $2500 dollars from BP for the impact to his commercial fishing operation. According to them the guy hadn't been commercial fishing in 3-4 years. Looks like the crooks are also out taking advantage of the situation.
Venom0us, I'm guessing by your screen name that you're just a troll, but somebody needs to share the 4-1-1 on how hard it is for the average person to aid in cleaning up the oily mess BP has left on our shores, in our marshes and in our water and air. If you go down to the beach or out on the water to even try to clean up (hazardous materials for which the average person has no equipment or training BTW), BP's hired thugs will run you off, sometimes at gunpoint, sometimes with the help of U.S. Coast Guard. You can't get near the cleanup areas unless you have been officially hired and sworn to silence by BP and their contractors. There are agencies and organizations that are working to save oiled wildlife, but the tens of thousands of South Louisiana residents who have registered to volunteer aren't getting called up to do so. Why? Because the organizations are not being given good information about or access to the injured and dying animals and birds. BP and their thugs again. What is happening here is pure corporate CYA, infused with greed, evil and oil. Stop pointing your finger at the people of Grand Isle who are losing everything they hold dear and point that bony little digit of yours at BP, MMS and all the other companies and agencies that allowed this to happen.
Well said sugar mama...
How to stop gulf oil leak, ask an engineer to look at this.
Take 3x3x1/2, or 6x6x1/2 inch tube steel and build a rectangular frame with the inside of frame a few inches wider than the flanges that would extend from a few inches below the bottom flange to 3 or 4 ft above the top of the leaking riser, on the bottom of the frame put 4 hydraulic cylinders on all sides pointing inward, and on the top center of the frame put a bigger hydraulic cylinder with a tapered metal plug a few inches round at the bottom to 1 or2 thousands of an inch bigger than the inside diameter of the riser, looking downward.
This outfit can be lowered over the leaking riser pipe and the bottom cylinders all activated inward to get a tight grip on the riser just below the bottom flange, after this activate the top cylinder to shove the plug into the pipe, the taper should take any deformalities out of the pipe for a tight seal. This can be done by using the underwater robots. Thanks randy
I think the President should have BP pay to have hundreds of skimmers built. This will clean the oil spill and also put people to work building the skimmers.Go at this as we did in WWI ,WWII.Have woman and men on assembley line building these skimmers
No nwtf... Every second of every day is too precious to wait for skimmers to be built. But there are supertankers that vacuum up the oil in the Persian gulf that should have been mobilized from the beginning of this atrocity. I believe they have offered to help but I do not know why they are not here. Does anyone have a clue?
Does anyone know about the supertankers in the Persian gulf?
Now with the gulf of Mexico sea floor cracking and leaking oil, it makes sense as to why the top hat was aborted...as well as every thing else they have tried. The more they try and stop the oil from spilling, the more the subsurface of the gulf buckles and oil leaks from there as well. They are afraid the whole thing is going to blow.
It's kind of funny to look at that picture with all of the shrimp, pelican and crab graves. Only in america is crustacean and water foul life more important than the lives of the unborn. Obama was right, we're not a Christian nation, we're a bunch of pagans. Hail to Satan!!!! Honor Satan. Kill the unborn. Kill the children. Cry for the poor little helpless fishes. Hail Satan....
Did Eileen vote Republican? If so, she got what she voted for: no regulation of the oil industry and no help for individuals. Drill baby drill!