Hundreds of people will rally against new oil leases in the Gulf of Mexico at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Wednesday.

The protest coincides with an upcoming federal auction of nearly 45 million acres of land in the Gulf of Mexico that will take place inside the dome.

FLETCHER: GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO THE WDSU HOTSEAT. TRAVERS: TOMORROW IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEEPWATER HORIZON EXPLOSION. I LOVE IN LIFE WERE LOST AND 210 MILLION GALLONS OF OIL SPILLED. THE SEAFLOOR OIL GUSHER FLOWED FOR 87 DAYS UNTIL IT WAS FINALLY CAP IN LATE JULY OF 2010. WE ARE HERE TO COVER ALL OF THE BASES. SKILL, RECOVERY, AND WHAT — WHERE THINGS STAND TODAY ON THE EVE OF THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY. WE ARE JOINED BY FORMER PLAQUEMINES PARISH PRESIDENT BILLY NUNGESSER AND ST. BERNARD PARISH COUNCILMAN AT-LARGE, GUY MCGINNIS. LET’S TALK THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT. AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT — EXPERT FROM LOYOLA AND FROM THE LOUISIANA NATURE CENTER, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. 16,000 TOTAL MILES OF COASTLINE HAVE BEEN AFFECTED, INCLUDING THE COAST OF TEXAS, LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, AND ALABAMA. FLORIDA WAS ALSO AFFECTED. IS THE CLEANUP COMPLETE? IT’S FAR FROM COMPLETE. LOTS OF WORK HAS BEEN DONE. THIS WAS A PROBLEM OF INORDINATE MAGNITUDE HERE AND WE ARE STILL FINDING OIL WASHING UP ON THE STORIES — SHORTS. IT WILL GO ON FOR QUITE A WHILE. TRAVERS: DO WE REALLY KNOW WHAT THE LONG-TERM EFFECT WILL BE? WE REALLY DON’T. BECAUSE OF THE LEGAL PROCESS, ALL OF THE SCIENTISTS DOING BASELINE RESEARCH THAT WILL GIVE US ANSWERS ARE BOUND NOT TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK PUBLICLY. WE ARE SUNNI — SITTING ON PINS AND NEEDLES WAITING TO BE A WILL TO TALK TO THEM. TRAVERS: HAS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LEARNED FROM THIS? IT’S HARD TO SAY. THE FIRST THING WE SAID WHEN IT HAPPENED WAS THAT WHAT SCIENTISTS ONE WAS A BASELINE OF INFORMATION SO THEY CAN DO COMPARATIVES REASON THE THINGS HAVE CHANGED. WE HAD NO BASELINE. THAT IS A HORRIBLE SITUATION TO BE IN. WHEN WE COME OUT OF THIS PROCESS, WE WILL HAVE AT LEAST THE BEGINNING OF THAT BASELINE. THAT WILL BE HELPFUL IN THE FUTURE. TRAVERS: DR. BOB THOMAS FROM LILO, WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME — FROM LOYOLA, WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME. WE HAVE ALL SEEN THESE COMMERCIALS. $13 BILLION IS WHAT BP HAS HANDED OUT TO LOCAL BUSINESSMAN AND FISHERMAN. IS IT ENOUGH OR DO THEY HAVE TO DO MORE? I THINK THEY’VE GOT TO DO MORE. THIS DOES NOT REPRESENT THE OIL INDUSTRY WE ARE USED TO WORKING WITH. WE HAVE HAD SEVERAL ACCIDENTS IN PLAQUEMINES PARISH. THEY HAD DONE THE RIGHT THING, CLEANED IT UP, AND MOVED ON. WE START AREAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED. THE DOLPHIN PROGRAM WAS CANCELED EARLY ON. WE ARE STILL SEEING DOLPHINS WASH UP. IT IS NOT OVER. THE LONG-TERM EFFECTS, WE’RE GOING TO FEEL FOR SOME TIME. TRAVERS: COUNCIL CHAIRMAN IN ST. BERNARD, WE WERE DOWN THERE IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS. ARE THERE PEOPLE STILL IN THE LOWER PART OF YOUR PARISH WHO HAS NOT COME BACK OR ARE STILL SUFFERING? ALL OF THE FISHERIES ARE SUFFERING. THE HARVEST IS 40% DOWN. OYSTERS, WE HAVE SEVEN AREAS — TWO OF THEM, THERE IS NO LIFE THAT CAME BACK. I’M NOT A SCIENTIST OR BIOLOGIST, BUT ALL OF THE NATURAL DISASTERS THAT WE HAVE HAD AND ALL OF THE FRESH WATER INTRUSION, WE HAVE ALWAYS DANCED BACK. BUT AFTER BP, WE HAVE NOT. WE NEED TO HOLD BP ACCOUNTABLE. SOME OF THE THINGS THAT EARLY ON, DURING THE CLEANUP, THEY PUT UP $500 MILLION TO LOOK AT LONG-TERM EFFECTS. I HAD THE PRESIDENT OF PENN STATE UNIVERSITY COME TO MY OFFICE AND SAY THEY WANT US TO STUDY LONG-TERM EFFECTS. BUT THE OIL HAS NOT BEEN CLEANED UP. THEY ARE ALREADY TRYING TO LOOK INTO LONG-TERM EFFECT EARLY ON. AS WE KNOW, MY ANGER ON TV EVERY NIGHT, WHEN WE BROUGHT THE WORDS IN AN THAT IS GETTING MORE HELP, THEY SAID IF YOU GO WITHIN 80 FEET OF THE LOAN, YOU ARE GOING TO JAIL. IMMEDIATE A CRIMINAL FOR RESCUING BIRDS. EARLY ON , THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DID NOT WANT US TO BE ON TV. WE DID NOT HAVE A GOOD HEART. THE CLEANUP. WE DON’T HAVE A PARTNER NOW. TRAVERS: DO YOU THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT THIS? IT WAS HIGH-PROFILE WHEN IT HAPPENS, BUT DOES IT APPEAR THAT SOME PEOPLE HAVE JUST FORGOTTEN? BP DID A GREAT JOB IN GETTING THIS WEIRD — EATING THIS. I WISH– SPINNING THIS. THIS TRAGEDY WAS AS PREVENTABLE AS IT WAS PREDICTABLE. GOING INTO THE FUTURE, IT IS NOT PREDICTABLE. HOW DO YOU PREVENT — THEIR OWN DOCTORS ARE SAYING THAT IT IS GOING TO TAKE DECADES TO FIGURE THIS OUT. MEDICALLY, FOR INDIVIDUALS, AND OUR ESTUARIES. TRAVERS: YOU TWO GENTLEMEN REPRESENTED TWO OF THE HARDEST HIT AREAS. HOW ABOUT THESE NUMBERS. MORE THAN 180 PEOPLE CONVICTED IN 11 STATES, $20 MILLION IN FRAUDULENT CLAIMS FILE. IS THAT UPSETTING TO HEAR THAT PEOPLE TRYING TO RIP OFF SYSTEM ONE THERE WERE PEOPLE IN YOUR COMMUNITY STILL SUFFERING? ABSOLUTELY. WHEN YOU HAVE THIS MUCH MONEY BEING PUSHED OUT, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE FRAUD IN PEOPLE TAKING ADVANTAGE AS WE DID WITH HURRICANE CLAIMS. ONE OF THE THINGS WE NEED TO MAKE SURE, WE NEED TO MAKE PEOPLE KNOW THAT THE SEAFOOD THEY HARVEST IS GOOD. WE WANT PEOPLE TO COME TO LOUISIANA. TOURISM IS THAT IT NEVER. BUT WE STILL NEED TO HOLD THEIR FEET TO THE FIRE. WE KNOW THAT SHRIMP, OYSTERS, AND CRAB CAN SWIM AWAY. BUT HOW DOES IT AFFECT OFFSPRING. ? WE SEE A TREMENDOUS DROP IN THE AMOUNT WE ARE SEEING IN SEVEN AREAS. DOES HEAVILY IMPACTED AREAS ARE GOING TO BE LONG-TERM BEFORE BEING BACK TO NORMAL. TRAVERS: WE DID REACH OUT TO A REPRESENTATIVE FROM BP. THEY CHOSE NOT TO BE HERE. IS IT UPSETTING THAT PEOPLE CHOSE TO RIP OFF THE SYSTEM HERE , AND THERE ARE PEOPLE HURTING IN YOUR PARISH? DID THEIR NEED TO BE MORE CHECKS AND BALANCES WITH THIS MONEY? TRAVERS: ANY TIME YOU SPEND THAT AMOUNT OF MONEY, YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE FRAUD OUT THERE. WHEN YOU THROW OUT CHECKS AND BALANCES, SOMETIMES IT CAN BE, MAYBE NOT COST BENEFIT FOR YOU. I KNOW OUR PEOPLE ARE HURTING. 80% OF OUR PEOPLE HAS SENT ME, DID NOT MAKE THE DEADLINE FOR MEDICAL EXAMS TO RECEIVE THE BP ONGOING MONITORING OF THEIR HEALTH. THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT WE ARE WORRIED ABOUT. I HOPE THAT THEY CAN GET THIS PRODUCT THING UNDER CONTROL. WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT THESE PEOPLE AS WELL. WHEN THEY FIRST CAME DOWN , AND AT MY REQUEST, MET WITH ALL THE OYSTER FISHERMAN — IS A PLANNING SEASON, IT IS NOT LIKE SHRIMP. THEY CAME UP WITH A PLAN TO PAY THEM FAIRLY. SEVERAL THEM DID GET CLAIMS FAIRLY. SEVERAL OF THEM ARE STILL FIGHTING. I DON’T KNOW WHERE THE DISCONNECT IS. SOME PEOPLE HAVE NOT GOTTEN THEIR CLAIMS PAID. BUT THEY MADE AN ATTEMPT TO LOOK AT THE OYSTER INDUSTRY SEPARATELY. IT IS AT THREE OR FIVE YEAR REBUILDING OF THOSE LEASES. AGAIN, YOU HAVE STORIES EVERY DAY WHERE PEOPLE STILL HAVE NOT BEEN PAID. TRAVERS: A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION PROPOSED NEW REGULATION FOR OFFSHORE DRILLING. I WE SAFER — ARE WE SAFER OR BETTER OFF NOW THAN WE WERE FIVE YEARS AGO? PEOPLE FORGET THAT WE LOST 11 LIVES. ABSOLUTELY. I MET WITH SEVERAL PEOPLE WHO CAME UP WITH THE CONTAINMENT. IF ALL OF THE RULES HAD BEEN FOLLOWED, IT APPEARS THIS WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED. YOU HEAR ABOUT CORNERS BEING CUT. I HAVE LIVED OFFSHORE. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE OUT THERE, IT IS A SAFE PLACE TO WORK. THEY HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB. YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE ACCIDENTS. THIS WAS A HORRIBLE TRAGEDY. YOU CAN NEVER FORGET AND CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THOSE 11 MEN. AS THIS PLAYS OUT IN COURT, AND THEY CUT CORNERS THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN DONE, IT IS A HORRIBLE TRAGEDY. TRAVERS: DO YOU THINK WE ARE BETTER OFF AND SAFER? I THINK AS FAR AS THE OIL INDUSTRY THE, TODAY WE ARE SAFER THAN WE WERE FIVE YEARS AGO. THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF DIFFERENT THAT IS — STUDIES IN POLICIES PUT IN PLACE TO PROTECT US SAFETY WISE. JUST WHAT BILLY SAYS, IT IS ACCOUNTABILITY AND USING UP TO THE ACTS OF WHAT HAPPENED. BE ACCOUNTABLE, DON’T TRY TO CUT CORNERS ON SAFETY, AND WE WANT TO BE IN THIS SITUATION. BUT WE ARE IN THIS SITUATION. IT IS GOING TO BE AN ONGOING MONITORING OF THIS INDUSTRY AND PEOPLE’S HEALTH, AND THE GULF GOING FORWARD. WE FORGET ABOUT THE 1200 SQUARE MILES OF OIL. WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IF WE GET ANOTHER ONE? THE COAST GUARD HAS DONE A GREAT JOB OF PUTTING A PLAN MOVING FORWARD. I WAS PRETTY ANGRY ON TV DURING THAT STILL ON WHY THEY WERE NOT DOING MORE WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS. SINCE THEN, THEY HAD BEEN DOING A GOOD JOB OF REACHING OUT TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A SEAT AT THE TABLE, TO WHERE WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE TO KEEP THAT OUT OF THE MARSHES, AND NOW LET PEOPLE FROM WASHINGTON WITH — DECIDE WHAT IS THE BEST THING. THAT IS WHAT THE ANGER WAS, THEY WERE TELLING US WHAT TO DO, NOT ASKING HOW TO HELP. IT HAS TO WORK FROM THE BOTTOM OF. — UP. WE MADE A LOT OF MISTAKES EARLY ON. NOW THE COAST GUARD IS WORKING CLOSELY WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS. TRAVERS: BILLY NUNGESSER AND DAN MCGINNIS, WE COULD TALK FOR DAYS. BUT UNFORTUNATELY WE ARE OUT OF TIME. WE WERE ALSO JOINED BY DR. BOB THOMAS.

Organizations like the Louisiana Bucket Brigade and Care 2 Inc. tell WDSU that for several decades the oil and gas industry has not taken care of the water, animals and lands surrounding that region. The groups have also said the industry has had a large hand in climate change.

Protest organizers said, aside from the fact that the auction will be happening inside, there is another reason the groups thought it fitting to have the protest outside the Superdome.

“Of course the Superdome has become iconic for a number of reasons, but clearly Hurricane Katrina is one of the most important. Do we want to avoid that again? We need to have our wetlands and we need to have storms that are not becoming stronger because of climate change,” said Aaron Viles with Care 2 Inc.

The groups are also calling for 1,000 workers to be hired to repair aging oil industry infrastructure.

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“They have leaking pipes and leaking valves underground. That’s actually Exxon in Baton Rouge, the second largest refinery in the country. A picture from an EPA inspection showed plastic bags and duct tape on the valves. This is the state of the industry and we need men and women hired now to repair that industry,” said Anne Rolfes, with the Louisiana Bucket Brigade.

People participating in the rally are asked to meet at Duncan Plaza at 7 a.m. The group will the march to the dome, where the protest will run until noon.