Gulf Shrimpers Wonder: “Are We Next on the Extinction List?”, OnEarth, November 8, 2010:
Not only were they suddenly in dire financial straits, but the ecosystem surrounding them was in ruins. "As we’d be going down to Venice to provide paperwork for our claims, and searching for a job hopefully working with BP, there were sea gulls dead all over the road," Darla says. "They weren’t hit by a car. They didn’t have oil on them. There was nothing wrong with them that you could see. I actually saw a couple of them flying and drop out of the sky."
She fell into despair. "At one point, I put a hangman’s noose on the back rigging of the boat. I was ready to stick my head in it," she says. ...
A doctor acquaintance intervened when Darla felt suicidal. "He told me dead people don’t talk, dead people don’t sue, dead people don’t tell the truth, and dead people don’t bother BP."