Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Oil companies pass the buck for big spill as the lawsuits pour in

Image: Lamar McKay, Chairman and President of BP America, waits to testify

At Senate hearing, lawmaker predicts 'liability chase' among companies

As BP critics stand up behind him, Lamar McKay, chairman and president of BP America, waits to testify Tuesday before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in Washington.

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As oil gushes out, damage claims pour in…

Fisherman, hotel operators and others likely to seek compensation

Image: Sign forĀ "Oil Spill Law Group" in Bayou LaBatre, Ala.

A new sign advertises the "Oil Spill Law Group" in Bayou LaBatre, Alabama. A BP lobbyist says the company has already paid $3.5 million in damages.

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Long-suffering tribe fears oil may strike final blow

The native Houma people, who have long relied on fishing and trapping in the marshlands of Louisiana, have been through a lot as a tribe.

They have been robbed of their lands, subjected to segregation, witnessed the steady erosion of marshlands and been displaced by hurricanes. Now, some fear the oil slick that threatens to invade the bayou could be the final blow to their culture and traditions.

Antoine Dardar

Antoine "Whitney" Dardar (right), a Houma tribal elder, has been fishing and trapping in the bayou near Golden Meadow, La., for his whole life.

 

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