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Letter from the gulf: shacks and swamps

The oil is penetrating futher into Louisiana

Grand Bayou doesn’t look like much at first glance. But for the shrimpers and fishermen who live here, this swamp is a source of endless fascination; they can’t imagine existing anywhere else. Joe, my guide, has been fishing these waters all his life. Today, he’s taking me on a tour of the area, on the edge of the massive BP oil spill.

Standing at the prow of Joe’s blue shrimp boat, I get a…

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