Stolthaven Chemical Plant, Braitwaite
Since the BP oil spill when the government went along with BPs misinformation campaign, everyone in the area is skeptical of official information. The remnants of BP's oil spill are back, washing up on the beaches and in the marsh. So much for BP's tv commercials claiming the Gulf Coast is better than ever.
Isaacs surge was predicted, but Solthaven was caught off guard. Doesn't a chemical plant have a responsibility to safeguard its neighbors when storms are coming? Is self regulation, like that of the oil ad gas industry, enough? Will Braitwaite become a toxic ghost town? For now, the beleaguered town is contending with visible dangers, watching out for snakes and red ants as they clean up the muck.. Their next job is dealing with insurance adjusters and FEMA representatives who are spreading the word that this time around it will not be like it was after Katrina, and they shouldn't expect as much.
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|Hwy. 23 in Plaquemiens Parish|
|Cows in house on Hyw. 23|
Destroyed home in Briaitwaite
St, Mary’s Plantation in Briaitwaite
Blake Miller owner of St, Mary’s Plantation assesing the damages
Toxic chemical on the levee in Briaitwaite
Assumption Mission in Briaitwaite
Cow in house on Hwy. 23 in Plaquemines Parish
Coffin on the levee in Briaitwaite, Plaquemines Parish
|Cat Island eroded to less the half its size by Isaac.|
BP oil in Bay Baptiste