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BP? Big Profit – Big Pain — 21 Comments

  1. I was wondering when your feelings about all this were going to come out. Prayers for you and everyone else affected by this!

  2. IT’s hard to see a friend in such distress. As I prepare for bed tonight my prayers will be for a successful plugging of the well and winds to take the exscaped oil away from land. And a special prayer for the lord to take care of CBW.

  3. AMEN, SISTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My prayers are with y’all.
    We are going to Grand Isle after church Sunday. Of course, the oil made it to the beach yesterday. Unlike you, the oil hasn’t hurt our wallets (yet) but we’ve been looking forward to doing some surf fishing. We haven’t been able to go anywhere for over a year! We didn’t cancel only because we’ll be visiting with our Pa. friends who come down twice a year to fish, and stock up on shrimp and Community coffee. So, this will be a chat and chew trip! I know this sounds petty in light of the damage to the environment, wildlife and people’s livelihoods, but OUR GOVERNMENT and BP really P*@@ me off! You can book it, I will exercise my right to VOTE in our next National election, even if I have to crawl the 2 1/2 miles to the polling place.

  4. This is not a time to be too stubborn,take your tax return up there,I don’t like it anymore than you do but when they shut down the fishing over here I am going to do it.I don’t plan on going to work for them but I do expect compensation for lost wages and if that means tax returns then so be it.

  5. BW,

    I agree with Ronnie – do what you need to do to get whatever you can from those people.

    And no more of this closing Camp Dularge talk. I need somewhere to stay when I come down to write my muckraking articles about Big Profits. After all, if I win me a Nobel prize we can pay off your mortgage with the prize money. ‘K?

    I got royally p-o’d yesterday after reading the latest glop of a press release and put up my own Personal Message to BP from the Wetlands. It made me feel enough better to get back with the calling and writing Washington. I hope you’re feeling some better, too.

  6. Like the rest of the world, I’ve been watching this mess from afar. It makes me mad, but has no personal connection. You’ve been adamant about going about your business and staying low key.

    Until Now.

    Even though I don’t “know” you, I feel that I do. I’ve followed your trevails for a year and a half. And now I’m pissed off, on a personal level.

    I don’t know what 1 person can do, but whatever it is, it will be done.

    Hang in there BW

    • Thank you for the encouraging words, Wolfy. I just came from a Sunday morning birding tour with a couple in their sixties. These folks booked a few weeks ago and I had to convince them that they would not see oil on this tour, or they might have canceled as others have done. The tour was gorgeous . .. not a sign of oil in sight . . . but we are only about 20 miles inland from where the oil will make landfall. I woke up sick to my stomach this morning, and I can’t tell you why. The last two trips I’ve had on my boat, I woke up sick both times. I guess it’s just my subconscious way of worrying, because on the surface, I hold it together pretty well most of the time. But you’re right. This is personal. Very, very personal.

  7. I am one of the flat Bug contest winners. I was lucky enough to get the beautiful book on the Louisiana Wetlands. My heart aches for every living thing that soon will be lost to the arrogance of BP. You my friend stay strong. There are so many of us that really care what is happening to you. Each day we follow the path of the oil. We here in Florida are watching and waiting too.

    Thanks to Linda I will keep up with your blog. Your Gov should do what he needs to do to H with the permits. I feel like I am watching another Katrina unfold.

    • We are in good company, then, Sarah, and thanks so much for taking the time to leave an encouraging post. That’s a pretty good book you own, there, with lots of nice pics. From the time I moved down here in 1978, I dreamed of doing my own picture book of the beauty I see in southern Terrebonne Parish, and now I fear I might have waited too long; except that I do have an archive of thousands of photos. It might be time to pull them out . . . . the governor should say to H with permits and move forward. The Army Corps moves at less than a snail’s pace. I will sign off now in hopes of getting some well-needed rest tonight. Welcome to the bayou and please return. Hopefully, brighter days are on the horizon. BW

  8. Get a good lawyer!Get whatever money you can from those animals! I’m very sorry this happened! Don’t let depression make you stop fighting! Get mad not sad! It’s the only way I know to offset depression.

  9. Followed this link from Shores blog. Hang in there sister girl, like Rw said, don’t get sad, get mad.

  10. I’m really sorry your going through all of this. They are just wanting you to play their game, they know how proud the Bayou people are and that you won’t be the only one unwilling to jump through their hoops. Before you say no and refuse, think about it as it might not just affect you but your neighbors too. I would be livid to have to give them my personal information like that but I’d bet that they are hoping a lot of people wont do it. Good luck, my friend, you have my email if you need to talk.

  11. I don’t know exactly what we can do to help from so far away, in Michigan. But I can say for sure that you and your blog have made many many of us in the country connected to your dire situation at a personal level. I agree with two of the ideas floated out in the comments: get what you can from BP, just on principle if nothing else. And take action! You’re so good at it!! Don’t get bogged down in depression and stomach aches. Just focus on your next goal and give it your best shot! We’re all rooting for you, BW, and for the Wetlands..

  12. I’m sorry I haven’t been able to read this until now… I know there’s not much I can do for an oil spill (why haven’t they just capped it?!?! I don’t understand the hold-up or hang-up, especially if it’s only a mile down?), but can I do something for you to help you feel better? Love you, Mommer…

  13. Just wanted to say, we are in Grand Isle where the beach and the Bay are closed. They even closed the campground’s “Lagoon” this morning. We were waiting for a bit of tidal movement before launching the Porta-Bote when word came down that it too was off limits after some oil was spotted. We took a little tour and observed PILES of Oil Boom materials just stacked up at Sand Dollar Marina. They are doing as much good as the the ones in the pass ( Caminada). They’re doing nothing as far as I’m concerned. Common sense tells me if you want to keep the oil out of the bay, you stretch it ACROSS the mouth of the Pass. But, what do I know. I’m not an expert in oil recovery. About the only oil I’m familiar with is “cooking”, 10/30 and 10/40. I do know if I spill it, I’ve got to clean it up, and do it FAST so people don’t get hurt.
    We’ll be heading home in the morning. No fishing, no crabbing…not even any to buy. (I checked this morning.)
    The best part of this trip is being able to visit with our Pa. friends. Oh yeah, BW, you might be interested to know we spotted several roseate spoonbills flying over today.

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