Rally on spill's anniversary points out problems, recommends oversight

klnelson@sunherald.comApril 20, 2012 

— More than 50 fishermen and shrimpers rallied at the Lee Street docks this morning to remember those who died in the Deepwater Horizon blowout two years ago and protest the lack of response to the needs of the community in the wake of the BP oil spill.

Fishermen in the Vietnamese community fear that in a few years, fisheries will collapse, said Thao Vu.

"The spill claims process needs to be re-evaluated, especially for fishermen," Vu said. "They're facing long-term impact, many years before the Gulf is properly restored."

Two years after one of the worst environmental disasters in the country, there's no indication the oil and gas industry is any safer or better able to respond, said Louie Miller with the Sierra Club.

Miller said there needs to be an elected, regional, community advisory committee to oversee the recovery along the northern Gulf.

Read more in Saturday's Sun Herald.

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