If you're looking for a festival that allows you to bury your toes in sugar-white sand while gawking at the Gulf of Mexico instead of trekking through mud or muck, Hangout Fest just might be the one for you.
Ultra-deep water? It's going to be where the money goes, because oil majors can't find anyplace else to invest their obscene profits from explorations of two decades ago.
Rigs to Reefs, in which an oil company chooses to modify a platform so that it can continue to support marine life as an artificial reef, is rapidly becoming an issue of public concern, scientific study and policy debate.
The setting was very well-chosen, on a portion of coastline with undulating sand dunes and perfectly clear waters. I have yet to be in Seaside with bad weather, just as if they even controlled the weather! Bright blue skies and sun all day are usually the norm.
I recently had the pleasure of accompanying my husband on a business trip to Tampa, Florida. Even had I done absolutely nothing but lay by the pool for three days, this would have been a delight after enduing one of the coldest, snowiest winters in recent memory.
Environmental winner documents the impact of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on the ecosystem -- the human ecosystem.
Despite the ongoing carnage, little has been done to tighten oversight necessary to prevent similar spills in the future. The name of the agency overseeing offshore drilling changed, but little else.
The decision by the Obama administration to reopen federal drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico to BP opens an interesting window into a fundamental question: What does it mean to hold a corporation accountable and responsible?
Even if the U.S. (and/or ExxonMobil) comes out ahead in this energy-centric geopolitical brouhaha, we still all end up losing in the end.
Louisiana seafood vendors were hurt by the 2010 BP spill, fishing closures and consumers' fears that Gulf shrimp, oysters and fish were tainted. The catch isn't fully back to pre-spill levels but vendors want to prove they have quality, local seafood to sell.
Yesterday afternoon, Margaret Brown's new film, The Great Invisible, premiered at SXSW in Austin. It is the story of the BP well blowout in the Gulf in 2010, and follows several main characters whose lives were forever changed by tragedy.
Not one dime has been allocated to study how toxic exposures resulting from this disaster may have rendered thousands of individuals chemically intolerant and suffering from the same disabling multi-system symptoms that continue to afflict Gulf War veterans.
We are tricking ourselves into using cheap and easy oil as fast as we can pump it out of the ground. And perhaps the most pernicious cost of oil is that it has fueled an unprecedented degradation of the global biosphere.
The BP oil disaster was a technological and man-made problem, which required even greater amounts of technological wizardry to fix. After the well was finally (finally!) successfully capped, there was an enormous aftermath that went on for a very long period of time.
It does not require a court decision, however, to arrive at the simple conclusion that BP must pay -- and that it should pay in full -- for restoration of the Gulf. BP has veered off the path it was on 3 years ago to take responsibility for the damage it caused.
We were looking forward to retirement without fear the afternoon of September 8, 2008. At 10 p.m. that same night, I turned on the TV and saw Hurricane Ike in the Gulf of Mexico. It was the storm that changed our lives forever.