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Rosina and Geraldine Philippe of the Atakapa Ishak Tribe talk about life before the spill, and how their community responded to the BP oil disaster.

Rosina recalls the devastating effects when the Gulf oil spill reached her home forty six days after the tragic event.

Rosina Philippe - Atakapa Ishak Tribe - Grand Bayou,La

Rosina Philippe - Atakapa Ishak Tribe - Grand Bayou,La

It came rolling into the bay. I mean tons of it, just thick orange. It was horrible. It just came in and it kept coming and there was nothing to stop it… [We] knew that it was coming in and everything it touched was going to die. And that’s just what happened.

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Recorded in Buras, LA on October 20, 2010.
NRDC partnered with StoryCorps and Bridge the Gulf to record, share, and preserve the stories and experiences of those living through the BP oil disaster. Find out more at http://www.nrdc.org/storycorps

Last year around this time  Rosina spoke to the National Wildlife Federation about concerns for the future of life in Grand Bayou.

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The Atakapa Ishak tribe of coastal Louisiana has inhabited the region for time without number. In the 21st century they still maintain a lifestyle and culture that is inherited from their ancestors. Now, in the wake of the BP Oil Spill, they struggle to keep their identity and their way of life.

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 A few of my humble snapshots taken in November 2003, before Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike hit our area. Oh yes, and of course before the man-made disaster the oil companies created.
 
I’ve provided  a link to an interactive map of the location the photo was taken. Be sure to zoom them so you can see just how much water there is in South East Louisiana. They don’t call it the “wetlands” for nothing. I hope you enjoy playing around with the maps.
 
This is one of the canals cut into to land by the oil & gas companies. Click here for a map of the area. I was at the red dot. Zoom out to get an idea of just how much water is in this area. Note: The unatural looking waterways are factors in Louisiana’s land loss problem

 

Endless Beauty Along The Gran Bois Road
Endless beauty along the Gran Bois Road – November 2003.

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This one I took on a lazy Sunday morning drive along Hwy 24. I stopped at the fruit stand in Presque and was struck but the boats reflection in the calm Bayou.  Click here for a map of the area

Shrimp Boat
Shrimp Boat – November 2003.

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I love the slices of life these old photos bring back. Never  was the canal so green or the water so calm …. Ahhh I cherish the memories.

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I just wanted to share a few photos of my Bayou Country world. All photos taken before Hurricanes Katrina, Rita,Gustav and Ike (yes they all hit where I live). This beautiful place is just not the same and never will be again.

The disappearing marshes and the devastating effect of the oil spill means drastic changes for many. It meant serious changes for me.

Long Horns Grazing

Long Horns Grazing in the Oil and Gas Fields

Green Beauty

Lazy days on the Bayou

Sunset at Port Fourchon Beach

Sunset at Port Fourchon Beach before Rita destroyed it and Ike finished the job. Back then you coul drive nest to the water and camp under the stars. I miss those days

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Gulf Coast Oil Spill

Drew Wheelan ~ ABA Conservation Coordinator

Drew Wheelan
ABA Conservation Coordinator

American Birding Association

This Gulf Coast Oil Spill blog is managed by the American Birding Association.

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