Monday, December 20, 2010
Day 3: Mobile
We spent our final day on Dauphin Island finishing interviews with locals. We were lucky enough to secure an interview with Mary Lee Montgomery, one of BP's local outreach coordinators for south Alabama (at right, with John and Jonathan looking on). Though the bulk of her work is done in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach on the other side of Mobile Bay, she has a local perspective on the cleanup operation, having lived in Mobile for 30 years. She was a great source of information about the the actual procedure for the cleanup, which involves a complicated network of machines lifting, sifting, and moving sand (below, with site manager Larry Morris explaining the sand screener).
We rounded off our time in Dauphin Island with a visit to Bellingrath Gardens, the former home of south Alabama's first Coca-Cola distributor on the mainland. The gardens included a holiday light show (below, from left: Matt, Jonathan, Anisha, Trevor, Shayna, Katherine, John, and Anisha)!
Our morning commences with a trip back to Mobile, when our interview schedule will begin, as follows:
10:00: Meeting with Diana Brinson, Director of Hands-On Mobile and coordinator of the volunteer response to the spill
11;30: Meeting with Eliska Morgan, District Coordinator for Jo Bonner, Congressman for Alabama's 1st District
3:00: Meeting with editors and reporters of the Mobile Press-Register
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