This is what it looked like when the Army Corps of Engineers opened up the Morganza Spillway on May 15 to prevent flooding further downstream at New Orleans and Baton Rouge (everything above the long white line is normally dry land). Holy geez.
"I’m going to sue them. I’m going to sue them for David’s livelihood. I’m going to sue them for the restaurant. I’m gonna sue them for poisoning my kids. I’m gonna sue them for poisoning me and my husband. I’m going to sue them for displacing my family. I’m going to sue them for anything and everything that we can sue them for. Bottom line: I don’t care if I don’t ever get a penny. They’re gonna have to deal with me for the rest of my life."
"We are not divided. It’s them that’s dividing us up, and making us feel like we’re against this other group, that the oil workers are against the green movement and the green movement are against the oil workers. They are not—they are against the oil companies. That’s a big difference. The oil companies don’t care about the oil workers."
One year after the BP oil spill, tarballs like these—about the size of a child’s head—are still washing up on Gulf Coast beaches. Which explains why BP is still doing everything it can to keep reporters away, Mac McClelland reports.
"Corporations are like children. If you allow your kids to have all the candy they want, you’ll get them fat and all keyed up on sugar. And when you then try to discipline them, you wonder why they won’t listen. It’s the same with these corporations. In Louisiana, they virtually get everything they ask for, so why should they behave?"
— Former Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality inspector Kerry St. Pe, on the failure of Louisiana regulators to impose meaningful penalties for violations of environmental law. (via officialssay)