"BP notes the fall in its share price in U.S. trading last night. The company is not aware of any reason which justifies this share price movement." — BP press release issued June 10, one day after the company's stock dropped 16 percent, leaving BP worth half of what it was before the Deepwater Horizon disaster
"Please, please send us some help. I make $513 a week as mayor." — Grand Isle mayor David Camardelle, pleading before the U.S. Senate June 10
"I have spent more time fighting the officials of BP and the Coast Guard than I have spent fighting the oil." — Plaquemines Parish president Billy Nungesser, at the same Senate session
"If there are no oysters, what am I going to do with a loan?" — John Tesvich of AmeriPure Oysters, explaining to The New York Times why he and other oyster harvesters have not bothered to apply to the Small Business Administration for an emergency disaster loan.