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businesses say they're still suffering from BP oil spill effects

As 2010 comes to a close, several Gulf Coast residents and businesses are still suffering both economic and emotional effects of the BP oil spill in the Gulf, representatives of tourism and fishing communities say.

"Families continue to need assistance and businesses are grappling with uncertainties about the future," said Dan Favre, a spokesman for the Gulf Restoration Network, a New Orleans-based environmental group that arranged a telephone news conference Tuesday with representatives of several coastal organizations. "After eight months, oil is still here and so are we. The BP disaster continues to have real impacts on real people."

Spokespeople for the United Houma Nation in Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes and Vietnamese-American residents of Bayou La Batre, Ala., said residents are experiencing severe stress from the loss of their livelihood. Many are experiencing serious physical and mental health problems.

nola.com
12/23/10

Posted December 23, 2010 - 5:59 pm

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