‘s activism in efforts to help his home state of Louisiana recover from the Gulf oil disaster
have been well-documented
in this space. But the “Vampire Diaries”
star says he’s still “beyond angry and beyond sad” at the state of the Gulf.
“I grew up on those estuaries,” he tells Zap2it. “I literally grew up on a marsh, freshwater bayous that run into a saltwater lake. The connection is like no other. The nutrients, the fruit of the waters, literally fed me and grew me into the guy I am. That’s a connection similar to what you have with your parents. It goes very, very deep.”
Nearly three months after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, causing the massive spill, Somerhalder questions the government’s response.
“The Gulf of Mexico could have been saved,” he says, making it
clear he’s speaking only for himself. “It was destroyed by lack of
“In five or 10 years we will
understand what truly happened — why President Obama didn’t federalize
it, and why he has been a talking head for BP — when the smoke clears
and the oil literally settles,” he says.
“It is a sad and
strange coincidence of how much money BP gave to President Obama. There
is no change or hope. This should have been federalized as a national
disaster, and we will find out eventually what happened and why it
happened this way. It doesn’t matter — the Gulf of Mexico is gone.”
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