Home » NEWS » BP may not pay for oyster bed losses

BP may not pay for oyster bed losses

BATON ROUGE, La. — 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.


… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.

If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.

Click for more info

About Megan Wright

Leave a Reply