New Orleans, LA – Scores of health professionals from across the US and beyond convened yesterday in New Orleans at the Hotel Monteleone for a 2-day workshop on the human health effects of the Gulf oil disaster. Zoe Sullivan was there for WWNO and files this report.
Buster Holmes World Famous Red Beans and Rice (Serves 6 - 8)
1 lb. red beans 1 lb. smoked ham hock 1 onion, chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped Salt and pepper to taste 2 cloves garlic 1 stick margarine
Pick through beans to remove any rocks. Wash beans and cover with water. Add onion, bell pepper, ham hock and garlic. Cook on slow fire till done (about 2 hours). Add salt, pepper and margarine and cook five minutes. Serve on rice with Louisiana hot sauce and French bread and butter.
New Orleans, La. – The judge sided with the supply companies' argument that the Interior Department's six-month ban on new drilling was an arbitrary reaction to BP's disastrous well explosion. They said there's no reason to believe other wells pose an immediate threat. Eric Smith of the Tulane Energy Institute says the industry's economic concerns won't be settled until the case is decided.
New Orleans, La. – Catherine Wannamaker of the Southern Environmental Law Center in Atlanta, Georgia, says the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is evidence of what is not known about the drilling industry.
"There's systemic risk that we didn't know about before and we're only learning now how we might be able to prevent those and to adequately respond if we do have a blowout, which we haven't been able to do to this disaster."
Paul Slattery has been in the New Orleans area since shortly after Hurricane Katrina. He volunteered for several months with Habitat for Humanity, and helped clear out the homes that were covered in mud and debris. He's been here ever since.
New Orleans, LA – Bob Thomas of Loyola's Center for Environmental Communications and Shirley Laska of the University of New Orleans CHART program discuss pay for Fishers and Citizen councils in relation to the oil spill
New Orleans, La. – St. Bernard Project Director Zack Rosenburg says the group has a four-part plan to not only get residents back in their homes, but to also make sure they're financially stable and emotionally healthy. A mental health and wellness clinic is expanding. Peer-to-peer counseling is being arranged. Outreach workers are being hired from the community, and a hiring program is starting for idle fishermen to build homes still needed after Hurricane Katrina.
New Orleans, La. – Landrieu took the mayors from cities throughout the country on a boat tour of clean-up operations in marsh areas fouled by oil.
"It appears as though we've turned the corner. BP and the Coast Guard were working very well together. There were 200 vessels that were working in Barataria Bay skimming oil, keeping it from the shores. However, we have a very, very long way to go."