Kodiak resident is now living just south of New Orleans, a few miles from the
tip of Louisiana, not far from the beaches and estuaries that are being
threatened by the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The
blow-out continues to spew hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil a day
into waters off of Louisiana.
Morris, who worked as a counselor in Kodiak for several years now lives with
his family in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. He said the tension of knowing the oil
slick is just off shore is difficult.
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probably the hardest ... pretty fragile stuff.")
He said the
marsh lands are vital to the state and its residents, for many reasons.
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course it's related ... that'd be awful.")
hurricane season starts in two weeks, on June 1st, but storms
usually come later in the summer. Venice, Louisiana, at the southern tip
state, is one of the largest fishing ports in the nation:
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statistics I've seen ... most valuable is the shrimp.")
the Coast Guard for its rescue of the survivors of the Deep Water
platform's explosion and collapse, and said there's a lot of National
presence since the blow-out occurred, but he's also seen a lot of locals
responsibility for trying to protect the shoreline themselves:
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most hopeful thing is ... as far as booming goes.")
not knowing how much oil will have to be dealt with is another factor
concern for residents, not just of Louisiana, but the entire Gulf of
coast. The blow-out has yet to be capped, and is releasing at least
of oil per day, with some estimates many times higher. It is expected to
larger than the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill which dumped 11-million gallons
into Prince William Sound, which eventually found its way to Kodiak and
devastating fisheries wherever it went.