In this week's issue, Gambit spoke with Kindra Arnsesen, wife of a Plaquemines Parish fisherman and one of the loudest voices on the Gulf. She battles BP, the Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency and other authorities daily, and it's a brutal fight. She's exhausted, but she's not going to stop. "Im tired of arguing with these people and Im tired of fighting it," she says, "but I know were in for a probably 20 year battle."
She's now working with a small nonprofit group she helped start the Coastal Heritage Society of Louisiana, helping families on the coast with mortgage payments, medical bills, school clothes, and other needs. It also pays for independent air and water quality testing.
"You know, I was politically asleep. I thought our government was here to protect us and take care of us. And when this happened, I had a rude awakening," she says. "Everything Ive seen is set up to protect industry and themselves. Its not set up to protect tax-paying citizens.
"I have to give credit where credits due. To the individuals who have given up every single day of their life, 24/7, for the past 100-plus days, to work on this project, theyre actually on the ground, in Venice, Grand Isle. Theyre not the problem. The problem is the one with the Armani suit and a checkbook."