Another disturbing twist in the Gulf Oil Crisis saga is the media blackout which occurred in late May/early June. BP set up clean-up camps along the gulf coast to remove oil and tar from beaches. During this period reporters were forbidden to talk to cleanup workers--either on or off the clock--or suffer a possible $40,000 fine or Class B felony charge. I started to see videos crop up in alternative news outlets showing Blackwater-type guards forcing news reporters away from the area. I was shocked (mainly because it was allowed) to see mainstream media regular Anderson Cooper discussing the 65 feet distance required between the media and the cleanup response areas (including beaches and vessels) without permission from the Port of New Orleans. The Federal Aviation Authority announced the region encompassing Deepwater Horizon and its plume was "off limits" for flyovers. Rumors indicating that only "National Geographic" was permitted to film the spill.