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Archive | March, 2012

Gulf fisheries in decline after oil disaster

Nearly two years after BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, fishermen and scientists say things are getting worse.

Fishermen, like Greg Perez in Louisiana, are seeing huge declines in their catches (Erika Blumenfeld/Al Jazeera)

New Orleans, LA – Hundreds of thousands of people living along the US Gulf Coast have hung their economic lives on lawsuits against BP.

Fishermen, in particular, are seeing their way of life threatened with extinction – both from lack of an adequate legal settlement and collapsing fisheries.

One of these people, Greg Perez, an oyster fisherman in the village of Yscloskey, Louisiana, has seen a 75 per cent decrease in the amount of oysters he has been able to catch.

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BP settles while Macondo ‘seeps’

As BP pays billions in settlements, scientists are concerned about a persistent oil seep near the Macondo 252 well.

Some experts believe the oil is seeping from BP's capped Macondo 252 well (Erika Blumenfeld/Al Jazeera)

New Orleans, LA – As BP settles out of court for the first phase of thousands of lawsuits that could cost the company tens of billions of dollars, Al Jazeera has spotted a large oil sheen near the infamous Macondo 252 well.

In September 2011, Al Jazeera spotted a large swath of silvery oil sheen located roughly 19km northeast of the now-capped well.

But now, on February 29, Al Jazeera conducted another over-flight of the area and found a larger area of sea covered in oil sheen in the same location.

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