June 4th, 2010
01:39 PM ET

Sign of the times? Residents voice anger about oil disaster

The graveyard of crosses was created “in memory of all that is lost. Courtesy of BP and our federal government," according to a nearby sign.

Signs in Lafourche Parish in southern Louisiana point to what’s weighing on folks living there.

Outside Larose’s Southern Sting Tattoo Parlor, the words “God Help Us All” are affixed to life-sized models of an adult wearing a gas mask and a child – and fish – dripping in oil.

Nearby are murals painted by tattoo artist, Bobby Pitre, accompanied by commentary. An Obama image is emblazoned with the words “What Now?” And BP gets called out, too: “You Killed Our Gulf…Our Way of Life!”

Along the roadside heading to Port Fourchon, a business offering Father’s Day specials asks passersby, “Is Dad stressed out?” Lawyers on billboards reach out to drivers with questions like “Affected by the oil spill?” and promises to help.

Not too far away, in the southern part of Jefferson Parish, placards on one Grand Isle fence read "BP We want our beach back" and "BP Shame on you."

Down the road, cars pull up and passengers whip out cameras to photograph a graveyard established, according to a sign, “In memory of all that is lost. Courtesy of BP and our federal government.”

On white crosses that fill a front lawn are nods to what will be missed by the homeowner – everything from BBQ shrimp, crabbing and blackened redfish to sandcastles, a walk on the beach and family time.

And not far across the road is the expansive beach that, in normal circumstances, would be bustling this time of year. Instead only cleaning crews dot the landscape. Planted in the sand, between deserted homes, are the reminders - "Beach closed" - that this season will be different.

soundoff (369 Responses)
  1. Jane Doe

    The British Petroleum oil disaster is a global disaster. These oil wells sometimes produce for decades. What is the worse case scenario ... could oil pollute the ocean indefinitely? Those individuals responsible should be arrested and sent to prison. BP and any other company that is found to be responsible should be seized by our government and their assets should be used to restore the ocean and provide for the needs of those Louisianans whose lives have now been destroyed by greedy corporate executives and the politicians they helped get elected by donating heavily to their campaigns. I heard that British Petroleum has spent an enormous amount of money already on the clean-up. I don't see where that money has been spent ... are they paying their affiliates or subsidiaries to perform the work?

    June 7, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. news.blogs.cnn.com

    Sign of the times residents voice anger about oil disaster.. Great idea 🙂

    April 21, 2011 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
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