Gulf shrimper prevails in decontamination fight

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Barry Rogers fought the power. And he won. The 53-year-old Houma, La., shrimp fisherman spent seven months cleaning up the Gulf oil spill with his 65-foot trawler, Oasis. He vowed to keep the boat moored to a Port Fourchon dock until he received proof that it was decontaminated.

BP and the Coast Guard insisted that he accept a letter stating it was completely cleaned Sept. 30. But Rogers held firm and inspectors later agreed that the job was not complete.

"I said I am not signing this piece of paper with oil on my boat. And they said I had a bad attitude toward the decontamination process," said Rogers, who remained afloat until the new cleaning was finished Monday.

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