I didn’t want this issue to become political, it was just our intention to see what was happening and help in some way in the Gulf of Mexico instead of watching government driven media telling us otherwise.
What we saw is now dwarfed by what is happening now and we knew it could only get worse. We saw masses of oil polluting pristine marshes and animals affected by crude oil in the ocean and on the shores.
What we also saw was pristine breeding grounds now polluted with oil and colonies wiped out with nothing to help them beforehand, you just knew the inevitable was about to happen.
We travelled over 100 miles along once pristine marshes and coastline without seeing any helpers employed by BP.
We tried to help in anyway we could but we were shunned away as BP were running the show and you had to have their permission. They had license to drill NOT pollute the oceans and coastlines, how the hell does this work?
Because i was working for the media i could get into places off limits to others and it killed me! the horror was not a nightmare that you could wake up from, this was real…
My wife was threatened with arrest if she touched any animals oiled or dying yet you could not find help if you tried.
As an audio guy, I captured sounds from the disaster and also from untouched habitat, but I did manage to make this short film of our feelings.
I would like to take this time to ask you to distribute this to as many people as you can, friends, colleagues and family. This will only get worse but this will show what it was like at the beginning.
Our team consisted of:
Noeleen “Roo” Stewart
Rebecca Stewart (photographer)
© martyn stewart 2010