Erin Brockovich talks to fishermen about cleanup dangers

Erin Brockovich
Erin Brockovich

By David Spunt - bio | email

GRAND ISLE, LA (WAFB) - As the war to fight oil continues day and night on the shores of Grand Isle, another battle to keep cleanup workers safe is brewing miles out in the Gulf.

Environmental activist Erin Brockovich did not mince words in front of Louisiana fishermen who claim they are physically ill from dispersants.

"The horse has left the barn and we need to deal with the problem," Brockovich said.

Riki Ott, a marine biologist, has spent her career studying the effects of oil spill cleanups. Based in Alaska, she was on the front lines during the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.

"Oil is toxic; oil plus dispersants is even more deadly," Ott said. "I keep hearing the president say the federal government is in charge, you know, firmly in control. That's not what I'm seeing in these communities. Instead, what I'm seeing is BP saying, 'Oh, it's food poisoning. It's heat stroke.' And the next thing I hear is the Coast Guard saying the same thing."

BP and the Coast Guard says all proper safety measures are being followed. Brockovich claims that is not true, after seeing a ship covered in oil.

"In the middle of the barge, it said, 'Dangerous, hazardous cargo, stay away.' Not one of those men and/or women on that boat had the slightest bit of protection," Brockovich pointed out.

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