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Cherri Foytlin
Cherri Foytlin is a journalist, speaker and mother of six who lives in south Louisiana. She is the author of "Spill It! The Truth About the Deep Water Horizon Oil Rig Explosion," and regularly contributes to, the Huffington Post, and several local newspapers. In the Spring of 2011 she walked to Washington D.C. from New Orleans (1,243 miles) to call for action to stop the BP Drilling Disaster, and has been a constant voice speaking out for the health and ecosystem of Gulf Coast communities, in countless forms of media.

Entries by Cherri Foytlin

ChemRisk, BP and Purple Strategies: A Tangled Web of Not-So-Independent Science

(5) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 12:29 PM

Attorney Stephen O'Rourke, representing the US Department of Justice (DOJ) called it "cherry picking," when asserting that BP has relied upon isolated data to suggest a minimal amount of oil escaped during the 2010 deep water drilling disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

As the second phase...

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My Statement to Judge Vance: Reject BP's Criminal Plea Deal

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 4:58 PM


On January 29, New Orleans U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance heard from relatives of the 11 men who died and from other Gulf Coast victims of the 2010 BP Oil Drilling Disaster. Although on the same day Judge Vance read her judgement which approved...

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"I Can't Talk Fellowship": Lessons From the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in the Wake of the BP Oil Disaster

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 2:17 PM

Photo: Union Leader Rose Schneiderman, who organized women garmet workers in the wake of the Triangle Shirtwaist Facotry fire, via Jewish Women's Archive.

On March 25, 1911, a fire caused by a wayward cigarette broke...

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Governor Jindal Continues to Ignore Growing Sinkhole

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 4:51 PM

Over five months since the Texas Brine sinkhole first appeared over the Napoleonville Salt Dome, residents of Bayou Corne, Louisiana continue to struggle to be heard -- particularly by Governor Bobby Jindal.

As the 8.5 acre sinkhole continues to expand, a handful of evacuees recently attempted to remedy...

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Houston Residents Worry About Burden Of Keystone XL Pipeline On Local Neighborhood

(1) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 10:37 AM


"We are part of America. We are a major city in America, but we do not need to be the sacrifice zone for the nation," states Houston resident Juan Parras (pictured).

Parras joins a growing contingent of Houston residents concerned about the overburdening of...

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My Thoughts on the BP Settlement "Fairness Hearing"

(3) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 3:24 PM

I had hoped to write a full article concerning my thoughts on the subject of the BP Settlement Fairness Hearing held Thursday, Nov.8, but I (along with three others) was wrongfully accused of "live streaming audio," and forcibly removed from the federal courtroom. I won't go into that now, but...

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How Industries Logged the Atchafalaya Basin Out, and How to Log Back In

(1) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 3:42 PM

I drove across the 18-mile I-10 bridge that spans Louisiana's Atchafalaya Basin at dawn that day, lulled by both the rhythmic sound of the engine in my truck and the soft hues of the morning light. I marveled at the stillness of the water, which splattered inconsistently with finger-like cypress...

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In Lafitte, Louisiana, Hurricane Isaac Flooding Devastates a Family Fishing Town

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 5:21 PM

On August 30th and September 1st, I took a ride out to document some of the South Louisiana communities that have been effected by Hurricane Isaac.

My last day ended in Jean Lafitte, Louisiana, where flood waters and high winds have devastated this small community of fishing families. At present,...

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RESTORE Act: Key Environmental Legislation or Blank Check for Businessmen and Developers?

(5) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 4:41 PM

One thing is for sure: When it comes to how the billions of dollars in BP fines slated for the Gulf Coast is used by the states, advocates, watch-dog groups and citizens alike best keep their nose on the money trail. Businesses and political leaders are already making plans for...

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Today, Youth Across the U.S. Take Action to Make BP Pay!

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2011 | 1:13 PM

Today, I return to the Gulf Coast after my 1,243 mile walk to Washington. I walked to call for action from President Obama and Congress to end the BP disaster. And at the end of my walk, I met 10,000 energized, fired up youth who are organizing for a clean...

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Walking for Truth

(6) Comments | Posted April 14, 2011 | 5:22 PM

This week, I've come to Washington, D.C. from the Gulf Coast. Thirty-four days and 1,243 miles ago, I set off on foot from New Orleans, Louisiana. I've faced tornadoes, rainstorms, heat exhaustion and countless blisters. But here I am, and I walked the whole way.

Why walk? Because it was...

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