First, apologies for being away so long. I have too many hot dogs in the fire right now, but I must keep tending and turning so nothing burns.
That said, you might know more about what’s going on than I do as far as mainstream media goes. However, what I have access to that you don’t is some local information.
I have fishing charter friends who have been hired to use either their boats and or their boat operating skills with one aspect of the prevention or cleanup, as they are calling it.
First, Captain 1 worked for a couple weeks delpoying boom south of our (Terrebonne) parish. Remember, this parish does not have a sandy coastline, but rather miles and miles of marshy shore lined with spartina alterniflora or smooth chord grass and then many little rivulets leading out the marshes and into the bays that cannot be scraped clean like a sandy beach can.
One would think that the boom was being deployed in order to protect the marshy shoreline, right? However, much to Captain 1’s dismay, the boom they deployed went around spits of sand where birds (brown pelicans, et. al.) were nesting. None were deployed to protect marshy coasts.
Captain 1 also discovered that he was about the only vessel operator hired to run a boat in his own home territory. He claimed that BP is hiring boats and their crews and sending them to other state coastlines to work rather than letting them work in the waters they know blindfolded. He was disturbed to see boat trailer license plates in the parking lot from many other states and only a few from Louisiana.
Why? Because BP doesn’t want these fishermen to know what is going on or NOT going on in their own back yards. This has been confirmed.
Captain 2 is a charter captain from Jefferson Parish where the sport fishing is closed. As a result, he is planning to come to this area to bring his clients fishing. Until those trips materialize, he has been hired, trained, and properly “badged” to do coast guard inspections on vessels that have been hired to help with the “effort”. I want THAT job.
Captain 3, a charter captain who owns an airboat in Plaquemines Parish, has worked over a month straight in a different parish. He was required to sleep on a barge, not allowed to EVER leave the site, except for the two nights they let him go home in over a month. If he sees oiled wildlife, especially brown pelicans, he is to record the GPS coordinates, and report those coordinates to an official number. He is gravely concerned, because after making several such reports over that first month, he never saw anyone picking up the birds.
What gives? BP demands we do what they require, yet they don’t do what they say they will.
Well folks, my hot dogs need turning. Please don’t get all riled up about the above information, because this oil leak is not only the worst environmental disaster in the G.O.M (Gulf of Mexico) but it is also the biggest political nightmare we’ve ever seen. And believe you me, folks, we have seen more than our fair share of political night mares here in Louisiana.
BP = Beyond Perturbed
Don’t go and make a ton of calls to BP and the government and get me in trouble for reporting all of this UNOFFICIAL information. This is just FYI so you’ll know what I’m hearing.
Honestly, if you step back and look and listen, it’s like an end-of-the-world science fiction novel and getting more sureal every day.
Next post will be about progress on the Bayou Miracle Tree House! Something positive for a change, okay?
Hanging in there,
PS Water still beautiful and fishy here! So, come on down!