Posted: Jul 28, 2010 3:05 PM by Melissa Canone
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Oyster fishermen don't know if they'll
be paid by BP for the shellfish deaths caused by opening the
state's freshwater diversion structures in a bid to flush out oil
encroaching on the oyster beds because of the Gulf spill.
The decision to open the release valves on the Mississippi River
diversions was made by the Jindal administration. It says BP is
liable because the diversions were used to keep oil from
devastating oyster reefs.
Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser says BP claims
workers are telling oyster fishermen they won't be paid for oyster
bed losses caused by opening the diversion structures, because the
damage wasn't caused by oil.
However, Darryl Willis, head of claims for BP, says no decisions
have been made.