June 7th, 2010
10:50 AM ET

Ground zero for oil disaster suffers double whammy from moratorium

Jessica Ravitz

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/US/06/07/lafourche.parish.oil.impact/c1main.demere.cnn.jpg caption="Effect of moratorium may ripple beyond Louisiana" width=300 height=169]

A liquored-up shrimper, with nothing else to do, lazes about on his docked weathered boat.

A salesman who supplies cleaning agents to oil rigs, primarily the deepwater kind, wonders how he'll get by on 10 percent of his income.

A woman hangs her head in her shutdown roadside bait shed, dreading this year's bills, not knowing how she and her husband will pay them.

These are just some of the faces of this southern Louisiana parish, which in many ways is ground zero for the extended oil disaster's fallout. Their pain is immediate, and most say the rest of the country will soon feel the hurt, too.

In April, before the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion changed everything, Lafourche Parish boasted the lowest unemployment rate in the state, 4.4 percent according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics - ranking it among the best-off places in the nation.]

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