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End of the road for Grand Isle?

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

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  • S. Royter

    Great insight into what is happening to businesses in the Gulf. Commentator told a very poignant story.
    K Naan was also a great piece.
    Show is getting better every week.

  • Judy Vadasz

    I enjoyed the whole show, especially End of the Road for Grand Isle. The story was told in a very compelling way; letting the residents speak for themselves. Well done.



  • tim

    Much of the story was about the toxic dispersant that has been banned in the U.K. because of its hazards to human health and to ecology but you neglected to report it. You also did not mention that BP owns 20% of the company that produces the banned dispersant or that the same dispersant was used in Prince William sound and has been established as the main cause for d[eclines in marine life in the area. Oh and you forgot to mention that there are many other dispersants that BP has no financial interest in that are much safer to use but that BP , of course has refused to consider. Would you please do some actual reporting. This story was more like CBS” Eye on America” human interest pablum -Bring back NOW, now!

  • Amanda

    Where do you find the part about showing the comparison of the oil spill to Texas… and nuclear bomb… etc… I thought that was the most important part n I wanna repost it

  • Lesette

    Just watched this piece on line and loved it. Very informative and well done.

  • OSE InvestiGatorZ

    We have information as well as video footage about a test that OSE Intl. did with enzymes on a privately owned beach on Grand Isle. If you have a genuine interest, go to our web site.

    I am not employed by OSEI; they do however provide support for our online education outreach radio blogs.

  • R Stell

    I grew up on Grand Isle during the 60′s. It hurts deeply to see what has happened. What nature with all her storms could not do, man has. My prayers are with a special group of people in a special place.

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    [...] had to survive the spill’s impact on their lives and livelihoods. Shortly after the accident, we visited Grand Isle, Louisiana. It is a place that’s usually full of vacationers and fisherman and local merchants who depend on [...]