BP Still Doesn’t Want You to See Its Tarballs

Posted: April 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

All,

BP is still keeping you off of public beaches in Louisiana.  A year later, tar balls from their mega-spill are still washing ashore, and are still polluting the beaches, and BP is still trying to keep reporters away.

One question I have: From whence comes the legal authority for a private corporation to restrict access to a piece of public property?

Scott

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BP Still Doesn’t Want You to See Its Tarballs

— By Mac McClelland
| Wed Mar. 30, 2011 3:00 AM PDT

http://motherjones.com/rights-stuff/2011/03/BP-oil-tarballs-louisiana

Lots has changed on Elmer’s Island. Nearly a year after the great oilpocalypse of 2010, this Louisiana wildlife refuge about 100 miles south of New Orleans isn’t crawling with teams of cleanup workers raking big black pools of crude off the sand; there’s no cleanup machinery or equipment; the only immediately visible remnants of the BP/Deepwater Horizon spill are the occasional tarballs, big as a kid’s head, that wash onto the shore.

Not that I can just waltz onto this public beach to see all that—not everything has changed. Like some lame iteration of Groundhog Day, the hundredth time I try to pull onto the Elmer’s Island access road from Highway 1 in southern Louisiana—some 200 days after the last time I tried it—I am, once again, stopped. Last year, it was cops blocking the road. Now it’s private security hired by BP.

“You have to get permission from central command to come on here, and then you’ll probably have to be escorted by an official,” the security guard tells me.

“How hard is it to get permission?”

“Usually pretty hard.” She says a local reporter couldn’t get through recently.

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