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BP Oil Spill: Shrimper Clarence Duplessis Interview (2010)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs, Interview

Place Covered: Breton Sound, Louisiana, Chalmette, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2010-06-11

Duration: 00:07:52

Subjects: BP Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill, 2010 | OIL SPILLS | Environment | Gulf Of Mexico | Disaster response and recovery | Duplessis, Clarence | Fishermen | Fisheries | SEAFOOD INDUSTRY | Shrimpers (Persons)


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Producer
  • Crews, Keith Photographer
  • Crews, Keith Editor
  • Duplessis, Clarence Interviewee
  • Roshto, Natalie Speaker
  • Solangi, Moby Speaker
  • Melancon, Charlie Speaker
  • Markey, Edward Speaker


This segment from the June 11, 2010, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Shauna Sanford’s interview with shrimper Clarence Duplessis of Pointe A La Hache on his boat, the “Miss Bonnie,” in Breton Sound. He discusses: the uncertainty caused by the ongoing BP Oil Spill; the difficulties faced by shrimpers due to the closure of several waterways; BP not prioritizing the hiring of local fishermen through their Vessels of Opportunity program; the possibility that he will no longer be able to make his living as a shrimper; his fading confidence in BP; and the difficulty of dealing with a problem with no clear solutions. This report also features highlights from the first field hearing held by a Congressional Subcommittee on Oversights and Investigations in Chalmette, including testimony by Duplessis, Natalie Roshto, the widow of an oil rig worker killed in the Deepwater Horizon explosion, and Dr. Moby Solangi of the Institute of Marine Mammal Services. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford