GRAND ISLE, La.— The 300-year-old community of Grand Isle, La., lives by the fruits of the Gulf of Mexico. Its warm waters teem with fish, attracting tens of thousands of beachgoers and sports fishermen every summer. But the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has now completely cut Grand Isle’s economic lifeline in half. Its beaches are blackened; its renowned fishing grounds contaminated. This normally jam-packed island now resembles a ghost town.
On the same week that BP agreed to establish a $20 billion dollar escrow account to help repay the economic damages caused by the spill, Need to Know presents a documentary portrait of Grand Isle to see how this crisis is playing out in one small community.
Producer: William Brangham