The oil in the gulf has devastated the livelihoods of many Gulf residents in a way that no BP lucre could repay. But something else had been dealt a deadly blow, something just as difficult to restore as damaged ecology and economic well-being: trust.
There are images and reports that BP and the tourist industry don't talk about much. Most tourists have no idea there are 4,000 oil spills a year in the Gulf. The size and stakes of this oil threat are still as big as they've ever been.
In a powerful new documentary, Stories from the Gulf, residents make it clear they are still suffering the aftermath of the largest oil spill in U.S. history. We must not minimize their struggle or sense of loss, which persists to this day.
What's it going to take for us to awaken from our complacency? Now is precisely the time to leverage our economic and technological connections to save our natural resources and jumpstart the green economy.
The April 14 meeting proceeded efficiently, as scheduled, for BP shareholders. For the workers, environmentalists and community members rallying in protest, though, the day of reckoning had yet to arrive.
If there's any lesson to be learned, it is that the BP oil spill is not a thing of the past -- it's very much an ongoing tragedy that, as prior massive oil spills have taught us well, will continue for many years to come.
Nearly a year after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, it's easy to assume that if we don't see a lot of headlines about ecological damage, then there mustn't be any. But it's not over. Let me repeat: it's definitely not over.
New Orleans and nearby parishes plan to collect Christmas trees to build brush fences in bayous for marsh rebuilding this January even though the state decided to ax its funding for the program awhile ago.
For many families of the Gulf Coast, the holiday will be a bittersweet occasion. This is the first Thanksgiving since the BP oil disaster destroyed their coast. Some will find it difficult to afford a turkey or ham to celebrate.