BP, Gulf Of Mexico, Louisiana discussed on Asian American History 101

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The city claimed after the outcry when the landfill was open, that they were unaware. People lived in the area by the chef mentor landfill. The waste, which was mostly debris from destroyed homes, seems fairly benign, but in reality the debris soaked for days and toxic water. And a lot of wood used to build the destroyed houses, were treated with a compound that contained arsenic, which is now illegal. Fun fact, arsenic is actually a dietary element for rats goats, chickens, and hamsters, just to name a few animals. But it's definitely fatal in too high of quantities for humans. And other things. Yeah. Back to the history, two compound the problem of the presence of arsenic for over four decades, Vietnamese refugees created backyard kitchen gardens to feed themselves, and they used a canal via shared irrigation channels to water their crops. That canal was close enough to the landfill to potentially be contaminated as the debris decomposed. While the landfill was closed just a year after it opened, the trash within the landfill wasn't removed, and it still has a chance to poison the Vietnamese crops even to the stay. The other big disaster was the BP oil spill in 2010, which really affected the shrimping and fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. The state attempted to compensate the Fisher folk, but it was a short term answer to the ongoing problems for Vietnamese shrimpers and shrimpers in general. After the spill, Louisiana's vast shrimping economy was suddenly depleted and people were out of jobs for months. Assumptions were hired by BP to spray corrects it. A chemical dispersant on the oil patch for hours, but many were out of luck. By the way, Craigslist is dangerous and many who are hired by BP to disperse it face medical side effects among which were silver dollar sized boils that covered the neck and hands. There will be a time when people won't understand what a silver dollar is, I think. Oh yeah. So for those of you that don't know anyway, corrects it is also a funny name, I think. Yeah. As a chemical, I get it. But it sounds too much like Brexit now. It does. It does. Anyway, the lingering effect, even now, is that the once abundant shrimp are disappearing. And the brown shrimp in Louisiana are too small or diseased and unsellable in Mississippi and Alabama. Another consequence was that BP lawyers were actually withholding compensation from Vietnamese and Cambodian fishermen due to language, which was discovered by Ming Wen, who helped Southeast Asian American fishers with legal claims, legal language compensation and more..

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