Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Grand Isle: The Tour

Posted By Google on Wed, May 26, 2010 at 11:42 PM

New Orleans filmmaker Phin Percy followed Grand Isle resident Christopher Hernandez to produce this video. From the video description:

One month after the DEEPWATER HORIZON burned and capsized off the coast of Louisiana, the oil continues to gush into the sea. Several attempts to divert and capture the oil have failed. Presently BP has promised to attempt a TOPKILL which would force cement and other materials into the riser pipe and plug it up. This was supposed to have happened over this past weekend, but has been delayed.

Meanwhile, 100 miles to the Northwest the fudgelike mix of oil and dispersant has begun coming into the fragile marshes and estuaries of Grand Isle, Louisiana, devastating the wildlife and wiping out miles and miles of oyster leases.

Chris Hernandez takes us to his families oyster lease, where the oil is coming in with every high tide, leaving behind the poisonous sludge and killing everything it comes in contact with.

This is just the beginning. When the well is capped and the oil stops gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, the spill will continue impacting the coastal shores for up to 45 days.

On our 2 hour ride around the oyster leases, we saw absolutely no attempts being made to boom the oil. This as dozens of containers filled with thousands of feet of boom sit unused on the dock, a 10 minute boat ride away. And its been sitting there for 2 weeks.

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