Reporter STEPS onto beach, is then forced by private security to be “decontaminated” — “Yes” it’s about dispersants

The Gulf Between Us, Orion magazine, November/December 2010 issue:


I stop to pick up a few broken shells and continue walking… A vehicle with a red flashing light interrupts the stillness and I hear someone yelling. A man dressed in black, head to foot, gets out of the truck and motions me toward him.

“Is there a problem?” I ask. “Yes, ma’am. You are contaminated.” I begin to walk past the fence. “Step back, ma’am. You are now contaminated, I cannot allow you to step out from the fence.” …

We are marched in military fashion half a mile down the “contaminated beach,” … Up ahead, we see two men dressed in full-body, white Tyvek coveralls with gloves and boots secured with duct tape. They are stoically standing near two kiddie pools filled with a clear, bubbling liquid. …

I am next, and as I step into the water, my feet begin to burn, especially the cut on my ankle from Comfort Island.

Is this about dispersants?”

Yes, ma’am.”

Bill is standing on the edge of the tarp, quietly filming the whole thing. When it’s his turn, they ask him to also put the legs of his tripod in the liquid.

Read the report here.

6 comments to Reporter STEPS onto beach, is then forced by private security to be “decontaminated” — “Yes” it’s about dispersants

  • premurderedGOM

    Imagine the underwater horror show regarding our beloved sealife.

  • premurderedGOM

    “not to harm the creatures brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop is not enough. we have a higher mission-to be of service to them wherever they require it……St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals

  • jec

    One has to wonder what was the “clear bubbling liquid” the “contaminated visitors” were forced to stand in. I would think anyone forced to be “decontaminated” in such a way would be given information/documentation on what was “done” to them. If not, they need to track down the who/what/where to protect themselves. So–“Private” security guards? Maybe video footage could give an idea of who they are and work for? And get answers on what they were dunked in.

  • xdrfox

    Yes ! and where is the video footage ?

  • Dan

    I read here every morning, and I get ill and depressed from the unreported news, but like a moth drawn to a flame, I can not help the reads. I teach in a college – I teach the kids to hit this site every day and read – we have killed America for greed and corporate/political privledge. Is there no one in power we can trust anymore? The Tree of Liberty is dying – the fight is on a myriad of fronts and no one cares.

  • Billy Dale

    Dan, I agree with your thoughts. Notice the earthquakes in Arkansas and Oklahoma ?
    Many believe it is a result of fracking and drilling. Yes, we’re being dismantled for minerals; just like Iraq & Afghanistan, only here the body count is limited, so far, to the far.
    God help us.

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