It's April 2011, which means national media crews are re-entering south Louisiana for one-year-anniversary follow-ups to one of 2010's biggest stories: the Deepwater Horizon disaster and ensuing BP oil leak across the Gulf Coast.
One of the first arrivals touching down on the Gulf is human rights reporter Mac McClelland with Mother Jones. What she finds however is much of the same: ongoing (and ineffective) tar ball cleanup efforts and restricted access to beaches and coastal areas.
"Like some lame iteration of Groundhog Day, the hundredth time I try to pull onto the Elmer's Island access road from Highway 1 in southern Louisiana — some 200 days after the last time I tried it — I am, once again, stopped," she wrote. "Last year, it was cops blocking the road. Now it's private security hired by BP."
WDSU-TV reporter Scott Walker told Gambit while reporting in Grand Isle ("Blackout," July 11, 2010) that residents there were concerned about the eventual disappearance of the press, as it would signal the "end of the spill" nationally. "One person I talked to said, 'What I'm concerned about is three months from now, four months from now, when the story's not as big and there's no one here,' he said, 'Then we're going to have a bunch of problems.'" — Alex Woodward