Monday, August 9, 2010
You can't fool all the people all of the time...
Fury Over Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill Report
Patrick Hue is a fisherman in the town of Buras, south of New Orleans. Nearly 50 years old, his dark tan and taut frame are evidence of a life spent at sea catching plump shrimps that are world renowned.
He says the oil is still there and he will take you out onto the Gulf to prove it.
Circling his boat in the shallows off Buras, the outboard motor churns the muddy water and oil soon floats to the surface - the sheen glistening in the unforgiving sun.
Dragging his hand through the mixture he holds up his palm and a black smear of crude emerges. "Evidently somebody is not doing their job right to be honest with you," he declares.
While Patrick is anxious to get back out on the water and work he does not want to if the bay is not clean. He is also concerned about the start of the new shrimping season next week as hundreds of trawlers drag the mud and agitate any remaining oil.
"We don't want to get anyone sick. We have a reputation to have the best seafood in the world. If just one person gets sick on this seafood it ruins our whole image and ruins our whole lives."
Patrick was just one of hundreds of worried residents who filed into a town hall meeting in Buras called by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.