Protests Over BP Oil Spill


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For nearly six weeks, crude oil has been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico at a rate of thousands of barrels a day. Protesters in New Orleans, Louisiana express their outrage at BP and the U.S. government over their handling of the spill.

Outrage on the streets of New Orleans.

Protesters gathered to rail against British Petroleum and the U.S. government over handling of the Gulf oil spill.

The most recent attempt to stop the leak failed on Saturday, lending to a sense of desperation throughout the region.

Some here accused U.S. President Barack Obama for reacting too slowly to the initial spill.

[Dean Blanchard, Owner, Dean Blanchard Seafood Inc.]:
"Somebody has got to explain to him, you know, it's not right what's going on. I didn't do nothing wrong. I didn't deserve this. You know, I did everything right for my business to be working perfectly this year and they did something wrong. They did this to me. I didn't do it to myself. And I hold Obama responsible for not making BP stand up and look at the people in the face and fix it."

Among the countless signs, two protestors decided to wear their anger.


The nearly six-week-old oil spill has become the worst in U.S. history.

It hit a region still recovering from Hurricane Katrina - a crisis never far from peoples' minds.

[Jennifer Jones, New Olreans resident]:
"We have to step up to the plate and do what needs to be done as a people, as a whole. So we need the help again, continuing from Katrina, this is like Part Two."

BP plans to try a new fix for the leak on Monday or Tuesday, while the White House has pledged more cleanup resources.

The U.S. government estimates 12,000 to 19,000 barrels of oil a day have been pouring into the Gulf of Mexico.

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