This morning the news reported that P & J Oyster House, an institution in New Orleans and throughout Louisiana and the Southeast region, is having to shut down, due the BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast. P & J has been supplying oysters to consumers and restaurants throughout the Gulf Coast region for 134 years. They are the oldest oyster company in AMERICA. They are a part of New Orleans culinary history past and present.
This is just the latest in a long series of atrocities being wreaked on the Gulf Coast in the wake of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig on April 20 and its subsequent sinking two days later. Since that time, millions of gallons of oil have been spilling into the Gulf of Mexico. Nobody is really sure how much oil has been spilled, since BP seems to be the only one measuring it, and its story keeps changing.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune has a video posted about the hopefully only temporary closing of P & J. Will they be back? Only time will tell, as everyone along the Gulf Coast is forced to wait and watch to learn when the oil will finally be stopped, and what chance the Gulf has of rebounding from this environmental disaster. The closing of P & J affects oyster farmers, folks that work in the company, and the restaurant businesses that rely on the company’s product.
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