'Vampire Diaries'' Ian Somerhalder Updates You on the Gulf Coast Spill

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When oil started gushing into water surrounding the Gulf Coast, news of the crisis literally hit home for Louisiana native Ian Somerhalder. Since then, he's called on other celebrities and the government to help clean up the mess and raise awareness. Although the oil spill has stopped, Ian is still crusading for the people hit the hardest by the disaster, and luckily, news coming out of the Gulf is far better than it could have been.

"I know we all hated it, the 1.7 million gallons of [oil]. It could have been Armageddon," the Vampire Diaries star explains. "There is a significant amount of oil in the marshes, but a lot of it is evaporating. It wasn't as horrible as it could have been. It was really bad, and there are definite areas that are destroyed forever -- places in Grande Isle, Louisiana and certain beaches -- but a lot of these marshes are going to bounce back."
Ian's next goal is to bring money back into the area.

"There's still a stigma about the seafood in that region," he says. "They're catching a lot of seafood, but they're being turned away at the docks. A lot of preliminary testing of a lot of these animals, the speckled trout, the red fish, shrimp, crab, oysters, all of it coming in, shows that there's no oil on these animals. I hope we can get enough testing soon that will give enough conclusive evidence that these animals are not contaminated and that we need to start buying this seafood again and supporting these people."

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