It's been five years since the 2010 BPÂ oil spill. On the day of the actual anniversary, a march and rally took place in the Central Business District to commemorate the people and places impacted by the spill. Marchers went from Lafayette Square to Jackson Square, dressed in all black to represent the 210 million gallons of oil that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico.
Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 6:18 am
At the Gulf State Park Pier in Orange Beach, Ala., Wetzel Wood casts his fishing line into the rough surf of the Gulf of Mexico. He pulls his bait, a cigar minnow, through the water just beyond where the waves break for the shore.
"On a good day you'd catch king mackerel, Spanish mackerel," he says. Wood first learned to fish at the pier with his grandfather in 1969. "I've seen a lot of different things out here. It's been wonderful."
Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 12:55 pm
In 2010, just after the BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico exploded, seafood restaurants were bombarded with questions from concerned diners: "How bad is the spill?" "Is this from the Gulf?" "Is it safe?" Demand for Gulf seafood tanked.
"You have to remember, that was literally weeks and months on end when you could turn on the TV at any time of day and see an oil well leaking unabatedly into the Gulf of Mexico," says Brett Anderson, feature food writer for Nola.com.
Five years ago on April 20, the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded off the Louisiana coast. Scientists are still studying the effects of more than 3 million barrels of oil that a federal court determined gushed into the Gulf of Mexico. And those evaluating the effects on birds are still unsure what to expect.
Oil-covered pelicans became the icons of what happened when the oil seeped into the marshes on the Louisiana coast. That damage was clear.
Billy Nungesser was the President of Plaquemines Parish five years ago when the BP oil disaster happened. Nungesserâ€™s constituency of around 23,000 residents were some of the hardest hit along the Gulf Coast.
For months after the disaster,Â Nungesser was a constant presence on national television, taking on both industry and government officials over their handling of the spill and cleanup.
As we head into the spring and summer seasons, people around the state will hit Louisiana waters looking for crabs, shrimp and fish. And as locals tune up their boats and head out onto bayous and into the Gulf, theyâ€™ll realize it might be time for a new map.
Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 10:20 am
Fifteen million pounds of deteriorating explosives are improperly stored at Camp Minden in northwest Louisiana. The company charged with disposing of them has gone bankrupt. The U.S. Army agreed to destroy the M6 propellant via open tray burning. Area residents said no.
Last week, lawmakers on the House Appropriations committee asked Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Peggy Hatch for an update.
WWNO'sÂ Listening Post projectÂ asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This weekÂ the Listening Post joins forces with WWNO'sÂ Coastal Desk to present the Listening Coast. How do residents of southeast Louisiana feel about and plan for their uncertain future?Â