WBTV 3 news in Charlotte, N.C., reports that a diner found a tarry, oily substance inside his oysters while dining in a Cornelius, N.C., restaurant that gets its seafood from the Gulf of Mexico. Diner Matthew Robertson noticed that his fingers were covered with a black substance after eating his fourth oyster while eating dinner with his family. Robertson saved an oyster and showed it to WBTV.
Roy Hall, the owner of Vinnie's Raw Bar, where Robertson ate his oyster, admitted that the substance found in the oyster appeared to be oil.
At this point it almost doesn't matter if the oysters had oil on it — the general perception is that anything pulled out of the Gulf right now is contaminated with BP's oil. BP is not only killing the fish and other marine life that fishermen rely on to make a living (and to feed our appetites), but is also slaughtering the overall brand of the Gulf of Mexico seafood industry. Who wants to eat oily seafood?
And while their industry has collapsed around them, Gulf fishermen seeking financial assistance have had to deal with the intentional bureaucracy created by BP, which profits from every foot dragged and bit of paperwork lost.
And the oil gushes on.