As opposed to News Flash!
And yet to be verified . . . .
I received a call last night from a friend and business associate who has been working with the oil cleanup process. However, there hasn’t been any oil to clean up right off the coast of the tip of our parish (Terrebonne- meaning good earth). I regret to inform you that he called last night, very cloak-and-dagger-like, to say he had received a call to report extra early today to run the oil skimmers. Why?
Because someone had spotted a river of oil, 4-6 inches thick, pouring through Cat Island Pass and expected to reach the mouth of the Houma Navigation by this morning.
I gasped at the news. How could this be? His opinion was that the prevailing tides shifted to a more easterly/westerly direction, changing the flow of the oil. Even though it’s in the southern Gulf, I suspect that Tropical Storm Alex is responsible for higher-than-normal tides and the shifting of winds and currents.
Regardless of what TS Alex is or is not doing, our little edge of the coast of Louisiana has remained the pristine go-to spot for displaced shrimpers, crabbers, and sport fishermen throughout most of this disaster. As a result, Camp Dularge has been picking up business from people who typically fish areas like Venice and Grand Isle, where waters have been closed for 70 days, now. And I do not gloat when I say their loss is my gain. However, it has been good to put other folks in rooms that were canceled due to our local fishing rodeos having been canceled as a premature knee-jerk reaction to the spill.
He said this river of oil information had not yet been made official or released. So, I checked media and wildlife and fisheries sites to see if there was a peep about this oil–none. I guess we sit and we wait to see what is happening.
Meanwhile, he ratted out the cleanup program to me, calling it a “dog and pony show”, reporting that the only boom he put out weeks ago was around tiny spits of sand where birds were nesting or resting. No boom was put along our grassy shorelines to protect them. Say what?
Are you as incensed about this as I am right now? He also said the parish president lied through his teeth last week in a public comment that our parish had deployed 180,000 feet of hard boom and 80,000 of absorbent boom to protect our marshes. My friend claims it’s just not true. I have not yet verified whether or not that public comment was made.
He did not ask me to keep this information to myself, although he was speaking in hushed tones. I guess I was supposed to assume the information was confidential.
But this is the Bayou Woman, and this is America, and I’m exercising my right to free press and the tendency to spread rumors, which might not be true at all.
And this is one time I hope this is just bad information and that I’ve spilled the fake beans and gotten everyone riled up over nothing.
Nothing at all.
So, stay tuned.
PS This just in Tuesday afternoon:
The Unified Area Command set up a series of open house events for citizens to learn more about the response to the Gulf oil spill. Booths will be arranged in each venue so that people can walk around and ask questions of each government/agency representative. Please see below for a full list of events happening this week.
July 1 (Thursday)
Houma Civic Center, 6:00-8:00 pm
Houma Terrebonne Civic Center
346 Civic Center Boulevard
Houma, Louisiana 70360