Voices from the Gulf: Dean Blanchard, Seafood Distributor

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A sign expressing frustration with BP because of the devastation caused by the oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico can be seen on side of the road in Grand Isle, Louisiana, June 5, 2010. (CHERYL GERBER/AFP/Getty)

Wednesday is the one-year anniversary of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. All week long on The Takeaway, we'll be speaking to residents of the Gulf region whose lives, businesses and communities were profoundly impacted by the oil gusher that followed the explosion. Dean Blanchard owns a wholesale seafood wholesaling business in Grand Isle, Louisiana and was a frequent guest to the Takeaway in the days and weeks immediately following the Gulf Oil Spill. He endured a blow to his business, a layoff of 65 employees, and has endured a long wait to settle a claim with BP.


Dean Blanchard

Produced by:

Valerie Lapinski

Comments [2]

Daniel Blanchard

Dean, I would like to speak to you.

Apr. 20 2011 06:13 AM
Sharon Mast from Bronx, NY

The Gulf shrimpers are the unlucky recipients of the widespread mistrust of government and business engendered in the aftermath of 911, when residents of lower Manhattan were told that it was safe to go home - that the air quality was "fine." Combine such baldfaced lies with the emotional intensity of that time and you have a recipe for ongoing skepticism of any such messages.

Apr. 19 2011 07:48 AM

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