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By Brahma Chellaney
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Byron Encalade
The owner of the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last year largely blames oil giant BP for the disaster in an internal investigation report released Wednesday that bolsters the Swiss firm's arguments in the face of lawsuits and expected government fines.
Despite angry protesters outside the building, BP promised its first annual general meeting since last year's devastating Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that it would work to earn back trust of shareholders and the public.
As he headed to a demonstration at the Louisiana state capitol by a coalition of fishermen over the oil spill wrecking their livelihoods, Byron Encalade, president of Louisiana Oystermen's Association, said he thinks "there is a degree of responsibility on all parties."
"We've not been made whole. Our fishing grounds have been depleted, our oysters are dead, and we're not receiving the funds we need to support and sustain ourselves," he told reporters. "BP says they are paying out all this money. Where is it?"