Slicked and Slabbed news miscallany: Oil in the food chain, whale sharks and great minds thinking alike.

Folks there is so much news out there besides what we’re focusing on in detail I thought a post with links to what I am reading may help our many out of area readers get a flavor for what is really happening on the ground.

First up is oil in the food chain as the Sun Herald’s Geoff Pender reports that oil is coating crab larvae, a favorite food of fish and birds alike. Frankly this is terrible news.

So while it looks as though we’ll be without fresh local crabs for a while I highly recommend the Crab Fest being held this weekend on the grounds of Our Lady of the Gulf Church in Bay St Louis.  A crowd favorite is the Crab Roule’ booth which is staffed by local luminaries that never forget their ties to the ordinary people in their community. For those not initiated in the ways of the coast, Crab Roule’ is the crustacean version of the chicken drop sans “the drop” and is great fun. If you in the City or off the coast come on over because there is lots of great food, art booths, rides for the kids, live music etc. and is very family friendly (which on the coast means the adults can eat seafood and imbibe adult beverages while the kids have a blast).

Next up is Anita Lee’s story in today’s Sun Herald which extensively quotes Fred McCallister of Allegiance Capital Corporation and his analysis of BP’s spill response as it relates to protecting their bottom line.  Anita is what Nowdy would call a true Katrina warrior and her reporting on insurers after Katrina was simply excellent. Continue reading “Slicked and Slabbed news miscallany: Oil in the food chain, whale sharks and great minds thinking alike.”

The "fix" was in before the spill as Slabbed introduces its readers to the Oil Pollution Act. (Formerly titled "Class action? BP wipes its ass with class action.") Updated

OK boys and girls, courtesy of a reader, I’m happy to illustrate why I ran that Alexander Pope quote in yesterday’s fishing story post in the Oil Pollution Act. As per normal it is the fishermen that cut to the heart of the matter so lets hit Rod and Reel and join the discussion as user BMiller enlightens the board:

In response to concerned,

You are correct. Under OPA, there is a 75 Million dollar liability cap which does not include clean up costs (they still have to pay that). So claims of charter captains, fisherman, property owners who suffer economic loss will be affected by the cap. It makes me sick. What happened is the oil industry lobbied to have that put in when it was being passed after Valdez. Scum bags considering they make billions quarterly. Continue reading “The "fix" was in before the spill as Slabbed introduces its readers to the Oil Pollution Act. (Formerly titled "Class action? BP wipes its ass with class action.") Updated”