June 20, 2010
Posted: 09:50 PM ET
I spent about 30 days covering the Gulf Oil spill and it only just gave me a glimpse into how profoundly the region is being impacted. Traveling from South Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle I talked with people whose existences were being completely upended.
There’s very little you can say to someone who has spent their life working in an industry and then are informed from one day to the next that they can’t do that job any more. Whether its the fishermen who catch the fish we eat in restaurants or the people who rent us condos on the beach in Florida the pain is going to be widely felt. It's not something that a check from an oil company or the government will make go away.
The moment that sticks in my head was when blobs of oil first came ashore on Dauphin Island, AL and a seven year boy ran by me screaming for his mom. As he went by, he held up his hands, both were covered in oil.
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