Do you think the Gulf will recover from the oil spill?

August 1, 2010

Photos and interview by Cara Slingerland

Patrick Fleis

“Economically it will recover. The communities will recover. However, the long-felt needs will be there much longer. We’re still seeing the Exxon Valdez problems there environmentally, also the Mexico spill that was in 1979, I believe, they’re still seeing problems with that. And quite honestly, the spills in 1969 off the coast of California, there’s still ramifications with that…Whether it is going to have a detriment to the fishing and the shrimping and the crabbing, I think it will—it may not be as drastic—but it’s definitely going to be a long-felt need.”

—Patrick Fleis, Whitnall Avenue

Morgan Hopp and Rick Guerra

Hopp: “No.” Guerra: “I don’t think so either. If you look at the other oil spills that they’ve had and the effects that they’ve had there’s still swamplands and everything that after 30, 40 years and they’re still finding stuff in there. I don’t think it will ever be back to where it was.”

—Morgan Hopp & Rick Guerra, Kinnickinnic Avenue

Liam Maltz

“Maybe. I really don’t know. I hope it does because I like the fish that comes from there. I love cooking with the stuff, it’s good. Not to mention we need a clean ecosystem if our species is to survive. If we keep ruining every single thing we come in contact with, we’re going to ruin ourselves, and you know, we’re just going to go, we’re going to go and we’re going to be obsolete.”

—Liam Maltz, W. Wisconsin Avenue

Elizabeth Sowell

“With time. It’s Mother Earth and she takes care of herself.”

—Elizabeth Sowell, Delaware Avenue

Jose Ortiz

“Oh yeah. The same thing happened in Campeche, Mexico about 20 years ago [actually in 1979], and the oil spill disappeared because of the natural elements in our water or whatever it is…this will go, within time, it’ll take awhile, it’ll clear up.”

—Jose “Barber Extraordinaire” Ortiz, S. Herman Street

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