Darla and Todd Rooks, longtime Louisiana fishermen, moved into the 40-square foot cabin of their boat after the BP oil spill, because they weren’t sure if they would be able to continue paying their lease. With no toilet, they use a public restroom at the marina littered with dead cockroches. Where they used to make $125,000 a year, now they are in the hole. The fresh seafood they used to eat has been replaced by canned food and they’ve developed a host of health problems, from muscle spasms, to skin rashes to memory loss. Even the puddles in which the boys used to play seem dangerous to Darla, who fears the water is contaminated.
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