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May 10, 2010

After The Oil

Charlie Seal is a Gulf coast fisherman who is waiting to see the effects of the BP blow-out. Dick caught up with Charlie at the Bay Saint Louis Marina in Mississippi. Charlie was preparing his 42-foot steel boat, the MT Pockets, for oyster season. Charlie tells Dick about a recent meeting with BP representatives. The oil company is offering big checks to the fishermen to help with the clean up.

While crews in the Gulf Coast are working furiously to contain the oil spill, fears that the slick may destroy local ecosystems, fisheries and wildlife are growing. RJ Kopchak was a fisherman in Cordova, Alaska when the Exxon Valdez ran aground and leaked oil into Prince William Sound. Some of the fisheries have still not recovered. RJ tells Dick about what it was like to be in his small town in the aftermath of the spill, and how the community was changed forever.

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