A fishing boat returns after a night of fishing in the Gulf.Photo courtesy PDub via FlickrI'm a fourth-generation fisherwoman from the Texas Gulf Coast, on a boat since I was eight. Over the last two decades, I've become a self-appointed watchdog of the chemical, oil, and gas corporations that are decimating the Gulf. I hate to say it, but what I'm seeing now in the Gulf ain't nothing new. The toxic releases, the lies, the cover-ups, the skimping on safety, the nonexistent documents, the "swinging door" with regulators, the deaths. Same ole same ole. What is new is the massive …
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Diane Wilson is a shrimp-boat captain, mother of five, environmental and social-justice activist, and cofounder of CodePink. She is the author of An Unreasonable Woman: The True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters and the Fight For Seadrift, Texas.