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BP Claims and the Future of the Gulf Coast
With BP trying to mitigate damages by saying everything is back to normal economically, and they will not pay BP Claims for future loses, except in a few cases such as Oystermen, one can`t help but wonder what the future holds for the BP Claims process. The BP Claims process was supposed to make everything right as we endured the worst man made oil spill in history. Remember that it was BP`s negligence that caused the oil spill in the first place, and the BP Claims process was supposed to make it right, or at the very least, as right as it could be. What draws many people to the Gulf Coast is the natural beauty of the Gulf, the fresh seafood, and the splendor of spending a day in the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. By all accounts from fishermen, oystermen, shrimpers, and crabbers the Gulf`s health has issues. If the Gulf Health deteriorates as has been evidenced, will people want to come here to vacation, and that seems to be the only factor that BP is using when it speaks of taking future loses out of the BP Claims process.
Gulf Health and BP Claims
If the Gulf of Mexico faces a catastrophic decline in marine populations, and there is some evidence of this already, what will happen to the tourists who have historically come to enjoy the seafood and bathe at the beautiful beaches. Three out of five people won`t eat Gulf Seafood. If it is not safe for the animals that call the Gulf home, are you really going to let your kids swim in the Gulf. It may not come to light this year, but there is mounting evidence that in the following years we could see a steep decline of locally harvested seafood from the Gulf of Mexico, and it is quite possible the Gulf will have a stigma to it, that no amount of BP Claims money will ever be able to fix.
Environmental Indicators and BP Claims
Certain Areas are reporting the Crab catch is down about 75% of from previous years, the brown shrimp catch is down about 90%, approximately 80% of the oysters are dead, fishermen are noting substantially decreased numbers of what was once plentiful catches, and the GCCF is slow to pay people on the front lines their BP Claims money. It took years to figure out what was going on environmentally after the Exxon Valdez tragedy, this is happening at warp speed in comparison. At the same time BP is trying not to pay for future losses for BP Claims, meanwhile we are finding once steady fisheries in collapse, and this is year one. Oyster beds are not going to come back for years, the GCCF admits that, the crabs don`t seem to have any eggs with them, and die shortly after harvesting, these are leading indicators of the Health of the Gulf, and it`s surrounding waters. No amount of BP Claims money can make this right.
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