Katrina or BP?Jun 24th, 2010 | By Terri Sercovich | Category: Editor's Notebook
Like many people in southern Plaquemines, I’ve been interviewed by members of the press from around the world in regards to the BP oil spill.
Last week, Tim Wilson, a reporter from New Zealand Television, called me to pick my brain about the spill and its affect on the economy.
I told him that another Hurricane Katrina would have been better than BP’s spill.
There was a moment of silence on his end of the receiver.
Hurricane Katrina, a storm that took almost 2,000 lives, scattered Louisianians across the country and caused more than a billion dollars of damage, is preferred to BP?
Yes. It’s true.
I had the pleasure of taking Tim and his camera-man Douglas around Plaquemines Parish this weekend. They posed the same question to every person they interviewed: Katrina or BP?
Every person listed a multitude of reasons why he or she would rather go through another Hurricane Katrina instead of this spill.
I can see why an outsider of Plaquemines or Louisiana might find that shocking. But we see what the long term is forming into: people out of work, people relying on BP for “legitimate claim” money to pay their bills, oil encroaching further and further inland, and disorganization all around.
So, Katrina or BP?
I hope as we get deeper into hurricane season, we aren’t faced with both.