Residents of Gulf Coast are unaware of environmental requirements
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Residents of Gulf Coast are unaware of environmental requirements

Baton Rouge : LA : USA | Jan 26, 2013 at 6:57 AM PST
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Oil slick threatens Louisiana coast.

It is strange but many residents of the Gulf Coast are unaware of various environmental requirements and have to face penalties in the form of fines or, at times, jail sentence.

This has been reported in foxnews.com of dated 25th of January 2013.

An individual in Louisiana was caught hunting deer with deer feeder fitted with lights and had to pay a fine of $1051 and spend 60-days in jail – his crimes were that he was hunting without any license for hunting big game, he did not wear the hunter orange and he was hunting deer with artificial light.

It seems people in Texas harvesting oysters which is a crime that can land one in prison for at least 10-years.

In Carolina, the authorities have cracked down on fishermen who could lose their means of livelihood, namely fishing.

It seems there are specified areas where deep-sea fishing is allowed, not any and everywhere.

In Louisiana, in case a shrimper picks up the broken crab trap of another person and throws it away on the land, he can get a prison sentence of at least two months – in case of repetitive nature, he can go behind bars for a longer time.

In Alabama, one has to be careful how he disposes off his scrap tyres – unauthorized manner of disposal could send him to prison for 10-years.

Similarly, in Mississippi, it would be a 6-month in the slammer for anyone who wounds, drowns, shoots, captures or otherwise kills any deer from a boat.

The worst affected states due to such restrictions are those that border the Gulf of Mexico – namely Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

There are 1000 laws of the Texas Public Policy Foundation that cover the criminalizing activities along the coast and that attract penalties.

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