June 20, 2010
Posted: 09:39 PM ET
For 37 days, I chased the economic and environmental devastation of the oil spill across four states. As each day passed, the stories I encountered grew progressively worse. I watched the oil spread into sensitive waters and I listened as the numbers of families hit by job losses grew.
There are images burned into my memory that will never fade. I will remember the sea turtle, distressed and gasping for air, as it swam through massive orange bands of dispersed oil. I will remember the thick crude oil that coated my hand like hot chocolate syrup when I dipped it into the polluted water. And I will never forget the sadness I felt as I collected melted tar balls on the Gulf beaches where I played as a kid.
But most of all, I will never forget the fisherman who looked at me with anger in his eyes and said, "It's done. Everything we worked for is gone and it's probably never coming back." The people and communities of the Gulf are hurricane-tested and resilient, but no one can guess when or if this storm will ever pass.
Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
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