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.