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The BP Spill One Year Later: Renewing Trust Along With Ecology

Ian R. MacDonald | Posted 09.14.2011 | Green
Ian R. MacDonald

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.

Government Oversight Committee Demands Economic Considerations for Gulf Safety Regs

Jerry Cope | Posted 08.07.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

It is misguided at best and counter to any reasonable concept of independently established regulatory protection to factor economic considerations into the formula for safety regulations.

Alabama County Will Put One-Third Of Workers On Unpaid Leave

Posted 08.07.2011 | Business

BIRMINGHAM - Alabama's troubled Jefferson County is to put one-third of its workers on administrative leave without pay from Monday because of a s...

Warning Signs Flash at the Start of a Crucial Shrimp Season in the Gulf

Rocky Kistner | Posted 07.20.2011 | Green
Rocky Kistner

The first week of Louisiana's crucial brown shrimp season is nearly over and the reports from fishermen are not good.

The Parallel Universe of the Gulf Oil Threat

Rocky Kistner | Posted 07.11.2011 | Green
Rocky Kistner

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 New Film, Residents of the Gulf Say Impact of Spill Persists

Robert Redford | Posted 06.22.2011 | Green
Robert Redford

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.

Act Local, Act Global, But Act

Kathleen Rogers | Posted 06.21.2011 | Green
Kathleen Rogers

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.

Tell Congress: Oil Spill Fines Must Go to the Gulf

Mark Tercek | Posted 06.20.2011 | Green
Mark Tercek

Under current law, most of the penalties BP will pay will go into the general Treasury -- to be used for anything -- potentially leaving nothing left for the Gulf. That will be a travesty.

One Year Later, Congress and Industry Do Nothing to Make Drilling Safer

Frances Beinecke | Posted 06.19.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Last week, Rep. Doc Hastings, chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, declared, "Drilling is safe." It was as if we learned nothing from the BP disaster and the ongoing suffering it has caused.

A Year on, BP Oil Still Mars Gulf Communities as Public Scrutiny Dries up

Michelle Chen | Posted 06.17.2011 | Green
Michelle Chen

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.

Requiem for the Gulf

Scott Edwards | Posted 06.14.2011 | Green
Scott Edwards

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.

Walking for Truth

Cherri Foytlin | Posted 06.14.2011 | Green
Cherri Foytlin

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. Why have I walked the whole way?

Meet The 'Spillionaires' Who Got Rich From BP's Oil Spill

ProPublica | Kim Barker | Posted 06.14.2011 | Business

The oil spill that was once expected to bring economic ruin to the Gulf Coast appears to have delivered something entirely different: a gusher of mone...

Science and the BP Spill: Lack of Available Data Doesn't Equal Lack of Harm

Frances Beinecke | Posted 06.12.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

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.

Earthquake Rocks Mexico Coast

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MEXICO CITY — A magnitude-5.7 earthquake shook Mexico's Gulf coast Friday. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The U.S. Geol...

BP: Making it Right (for BP)

Scott Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Scott Edwards

Over the past nine months, BP has conducted a full-throttle charm offensive. But their bottom line doesn't account for the cost of restoring the health of our communities. They're in it for the money.

The Oil Spill Is Our Dust Bowl

Pat LaMarche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

It was standing room only in the Central Presbyterian Church meeting room. Nearly everyone there had a question or comment to make.

Oil Spill Commissioner Pledges to Address Health Issues

Ada McMahon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ada McMahon

We need more than just a report, we need immediate help now to address an urgent and growing health crisis along the Gulf Coast.

Chris Kirkham

On Louisiana Coast, Damage From Oil Goes Much Deeper Than Spill | Chris Kirkham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Last summer's Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico -- the largest offshore oil spill in recorded history -- made the Gulf Coast states the...

A Marshall Plan for Nature: How to Protect Endangered Species from Climate Change

Leda Huta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Leda Huta

With our new report, the Endangered Species Coalition and our member groups attempt to answer the question: To save endangered species from climate change, where do we begin?

Louisiana's Holiday Tree Recycling Outlives State Budget Cut

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Susan Buchanan

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.

Burlesque for the Bayou Part 2

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Last night at the Howlin Wolf in New Orleans, the women of Coastal Heritage Society of Louisiana hosted their second Burlesque for the Bayou fund rai...

Raw Stories From the Gulf Oil Disaster

Ian Somerhalder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ian Somerhalder

Few Americans are aware that the BP disaster still threatens to snuff-out century-old family traditions and a beautiful way of life along the Gulf Coast.

On Thanksgiving, Gulf Oil Disaster Victims Hope for the Truth

Rocky Kistner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rocky Kistner

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.

Q & A With Reilly Morse, Attorney Behind Mississippi's Katrina Housing Victory

Ada McMahon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ada McMahon

Last Monday, a major agreement was reached that makes $133 million available to assist low-income Mississippians in repairing their Hurricane Katrina-damaged homes.