The accidents unfold with eerie similarity: an unexpected explosion, a stubborn blaze, workers coughing and rubbing damaged eyes, a thick, ash-colored cloud of toxins racing away from the burning refinery.
HOUMA — Environmentalists challenged a statement from the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Thursday stating that the average consumer could eat as much as 63 pounds of Louisiana shrimp a day for five years before consuming an unsafe level of oil.
When we talked to Louisiana Bucket Brigade Director Anne Rolfes last week for a story about the oil that continues to wash up on Grand Isle beaches, she told us that there were about 2,900 small oil "incidents" in Louisiana alone in 2009.
Tar balls seen coming ashore on Elmer’s Island and sheen from what appears to be new oil deposits at Grand Isle are a matter of concern, but not surprising, according to regional government officials or environmentalists working to restore coastal areas.
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