Five Years After the Oil Stopped Flowing

We’re coming up on the 5th anniversary of the technical end of the BP oil spill. In July of 2010, after 87 days of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, BP announced that the well was capped. Of course, the fallout from those millions of gallons of spilled oil continued long after. We’re still trying to understand the long term impacts today, especially on Gulf ecosystems.

The people who’ve had front row seat to all of this have been fishermen, those who know the Gulf waters intimately, and whose livelihood was disrupted for months by the spill. Has the seafood they fish for bounced back? Are there still residual effects, now?

Tony Goutierrez on his boat. Photo by Laine Kaplan Levenson.
Tony Goutierrez on his boat. Photo by Laine Kaplan Levenson.

We put these questions and more to Tony Goutierrez in an upcoming episode of Gravy. Tony is a life-long fisherman from St. Bernard Parish in coastal Louisiana. His experience of the BP oil spill was only one in a chain of challenges for his home and his profession.

Stay tuned.