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Nov 17, 2010 6:49 PM by MIKE MAGNOLI

Oysters For Thanksgiving Dressing? Not From Louisiana

It's been 4 months since the BP well was capped in the Gulf, but in trying to prevent the oil from coming inland, the state made a blunder that's now affecting Louisiana oysters.

It seemed like a good idea at the time-- to flush Louisiana estuaries with fresh water to keep the oil at bay, but that decision is hurting the AmeriPure oyster processing company in the long run.

The workers at AmeriPure are busiest from 9 to 11 in the morning.  Over 40 people were laid off after the spill, but they've since been hired back.   Now they're cleaning oysters, icing and boxing them-- but these beauties aren't coming from Louisiana.

"Our oysters are coming from Galveston and South texas and that's what we'll rely on in the weeks and months ahead."

Patrick Fahey is a managing partner at AmeriPure he says when the state revealed it's strategy to keep the oil out of inlets with strong fresh water currents, he had a few doubts.

"Some thought it was a sound idea, but there are some scientists who would say it was pure poppycock, we just have the unfortunate reality of a huge mortality of oysters.  The fresh water killed millions of them."

The company is also still waiting on a BP claim:

"They're talking the talk, we need them to walk the walk," Fahey told us.  He went on to say that when Texas runs out of oysters, they'll look to Louisiana and there will be none to spare.


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