Saturday, September 18, 2010

Dys-Unified Area Command

Tainted crabs caught, not tested:

First fish kill in Plaquemines Parrish.

Second fish kill in Plaquemines Parrish.

Plaquemines Parish coastal zone director P.J. Hahn said Thursday that the fish covered at least one-fourth of a square mile, with oil visible among them. He said he wanted the area tested because it was affected by oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill.

Third fish kill in Plaquemines Parrish.

In addition to hundreds of thousands of dead fish floating west of the Mississippi River in Bayou Chaland, several days before, a large starfish kill was found in nearby Barataria Bay, and a dead baby whale was discovered near Venice a few days later.

Parrish leaders say relationship with BP, Feds becoming strained again.

Jefferson Parrish councilman Chris Roberts pointed out what he believes is a big problem with the communication between the two sides. He said from meeting to meeting, local leaders are working with a rotating cast of unified command personnel.

"Just as we start to get comfortable with who we're working with -- and they learn the processes -- they change the individual. So, it becomes very frustrating because, basically, one person agrees to one thing, then another person denies," Roberts said.

Thad Allen steps down in two weeks, leaving lots of room for the next person to deny.

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