Oysterman watches and waits, eager to either help or get back to work

HOPEDALE, La. – Far out in the shallows, at the sweet spot where freshwater from the land and salt from the sea play a perfect duet, Ray Vath stands in his boat, ringed by uneasy horizons.


Even if BP can stop the leak nearly a mile down, serious ecological harm from oil already spilled is inevitable, says Dr. Ron Kendall of Texas Tech University.

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