“What the hell is going on in the water” says local official, “begging” feds for more tests on fish kills — “We’ve never seen so many species floating in so many different areas”

Third fish kill reported in Plaquemines Parish, Fox 8 New Orleans, September 19, 2010 at 7:51 p.m. EDT:


[Plaquemines Parish President] Billy Nungesser is demanding federal involvement when it comes to testing the waters in the parish hit by heavy oil. … “We’ve never seen so many species floating in so many different areas. I’m begging the E.P.A., or somebody… I’m begging them to do their job, get out there and lets test, and see what the hell is going on in the water“…

P.J. [Hahn, the Director the Plaquemines Parish Coastal Zone Management Department] says fish kills are normal during this time of the year. What’s not normal is how frequent swaths of dead fish are turning up, in area’s once heavily oiled. Square miles of dead fish.

“Now millions of dead fish that have turned up in the area, and a variety: catfish, redfish, speckled trout we saw, it’s just a number of varieties of fish,” said Hahn… the parish still questions whether they could be related to the oil spill.

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