Reporting on the oil spill

February 18, 2011

Donald and Theresa Dardar, who live in the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe Community, used to have woods in their back yard. Now it's open water. Photo by Barry Yeoman.

Technically, this post is not about the blues, although these stories are about South Louisiana and might make some folks blue. We like to think that, by doing good reporting, we are bringing a little hope and light into the world, though.

We (Barry Yeoman and Richard Ziglar) have been hired by KRVS 88.7 FM, the public radio station in Lafayette, Louisiana, to provide reporting on the BP oil spill.

We will publish these stories (at least a dozen) on the Public Media Exchange website. This reporting is part of a larger project called GulfWatch, which is being administered by Louisiana Public Broadcasting and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

These stories are in no way affiliated with the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. The links below are provided through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s GulfWatch News Consortium through Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s Public Media Exchange at

Vietnamese Fishermen Search for the Monetary Value of a Lost Culture
Kenneth Feinberg, the Boston attorney in charge of reviewing claims for the BP oil spill, says he expects to start paying interim and final claims later this month. But as Louisiana’s Vietnamese-American fishing community has learned, some losses are harder to quantify than others—especially when what’s at stake is a way of life.

Pointe-au-Chien Indians, Reeling From the Oil Spill, Watch as Their Land Washes Away
The 700-member Pointe-au-Chien indian tribe south of Houma, Louisiana was one of the first communities to take a direct hit from the BP oil spill. For them, the disaster is ongoing—and part of a larger threat to their ancestral home.

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