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Gulf Restoration

Five Years After BP Spill, Gulf of Mexico Is Rekindling Responsibility for the Gulf's Future

Mark Tercek | Posted 05.01.2016 | Green
Mark Tercek

Today, money resulting from the 2010 spill is being put into the hands of Gulf Coast communities. Those communities are embracing the opportunity to create a stronger Gulf by restoring the natural systems that support their livelihoods, fuel their economies and make their coastlines more resilient to rising seas, storms and other future disasters.

I Was There: Three Years After BP Spill, Applying Lessons Learned From Exxon Valdez

Dennis Takahashi-Kelso | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Dennis Takahashi-Kelso

The view from the deck of the Exxon Valdez was grim. The slick was huge; birds and other wildlife were covered in oil, dying; and hardly any containment effort had begun. The spill would kill an enormous number of animals -- seabirds, bald eagles, sea otters, seals and whales.

Restoring the Gulf by Pointing Baby Turtles Back to Sea

Dennis Takahashi-Kelso | Posted 12.11.2012 | Green
Dennis Takahashi-Kelso

Sea turtles are at sea for most of their life cycle, but they return to beaches in Texas, Alabama and Florida to lay their eggs. Although the Deepwater Horizon oil spill harmed turtles, we can help them recover by taking steps on the shore to protect their nesting habitats.

The Gulf One Month After Hurricane Isaac

Steven Apfelbaum | Posted 11.25.2012 | Green
Steven Apfelbaum

For the now-destabilized Gulf Coastal wetland ecosystems, a slow-moving hurricane with heavy rain and high, shoreline-pounding surf may be the most damaging type of storm. This is true especially around the mouth of the Mississippi River, which took a direct hit from Hurricane Isaac.

39 Steps to Effective Gulf Restoration

Dennis Takahashi-Kelso | Posted 09.23.2012 | Green
Dennis Takahashi-Kelso

Restoring these damaged resources will require a comprehensive, Gulf-wide restoration plan that covers coastal environments, blue-water resources and Gulf communities.

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

Cherri Foytlin | Posted 09.18.2012 | Green
Cherri Foytlin

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.

Senate's RESTORE Act a Big Win for the Gulf and all of America's Coasts

Dennis Takahashi-Kelso | Posted 05.19.2012 | Green
Dennis Takahashi-Kelso

The RESTORE Act is simply about fairness for the Gulf. The truth is that we are only at the end of the beginning of restoration. We don't even know the full impact of the BP oil disaster yet.

A Resolution for Gulf Restoration: An Open Letter to President Obama and the Five Gulf State Governors

Dennis Takahashi-Kelso | Posted 04.14.2012 | Green
Dennis Takahashi-Kelso

Nearly two years after the worst environmental disaster in our nation's history, a trial to determine the liability of BP and other responsible parties is slated to begin this month.

Now Is the Time to Invest in Restoring the Health of the Gulf of Mexico

Vikki N. Spruill | Posted 02.06.2012 | Green
Vikki N. Spruill

It took just 89 days for that well to spew over 4 million barrels of oil, but it will take much longer for us to fully understand the impact of this disaster -- and longer still to rebuild a healthy and prosperous Gulf of Mexico.

It's Time We Take the Pulse of the Gulf

Vikki N. Spruill | Posted 09.18.2011 | Green
Vikki N. Spruill

We cannot continue to let the Gulf suffer. Pillars of the regional economy -- tourism, energy, recreational fishing and the seafood industry -- cannot prosper without the natural resources that support them.

The Gulf and the Environment: Redefining the Relationship

Philippe Cousteau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Philippe Cousteau

With the potential of billions of dollars flowing into the Gulf from the fines BP will have to pay, there is a realization that, if done right, the money could support local communities to restore the environment for the long-term.

As One-Year Anniversary Approaches, Congress Should Direct Fines From BP Spill to Gulf Restoration

Regan Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Regan Nelson

While the House has taken the first steps toward implementation of the Oil Spill Commission's call for Gulf restoration funding, they have to date fallen short of making it happen.

NASA Data Strengthens Reports of Toxic Rain on the Gulf Coast From BP Spill

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

I spoke to NASA scientist Ira Leifer at length about data collected during the oil spill last summer, strengthening claims that oil was brought onshore in rain during the spill.

Following up the Oil Spill Commission's Report With True Gulf Restoration

Dennis Takahashi-Kelso | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dennis Takahashi-Kelso

This report provides a chilling and comprehensive account of the lead-up and response to the BP oil disaster. It's time for industry and government to do everything possible to renew the prosperity of the Gulf through bold action on restoration.

DOJ Pursues Clean Water Fines for BP, Now Congress Must Ensure Funds for Gulf Restoration

Dennis Takahashi-Kelso | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dennis Takahashi-Kelso

To miss the opportunity to take the pulse of the Gulf through long-term research and monitoring would be to gamble with the Gulf's future and jeopardize the ecological engine that drives our economy.

MTV's "The Real World: New Orleans" Cast Joins Gulf Coast Recovery Efforts

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

The cast of MTV's "The Real World: New Orleans" has partnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), one of the nation's largest environme...

Mr. Bill: "Oh No, Fix the Coast you Broke, Shell Oil!"

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

Meanwhile: Conspiracy Rumors Swirl Around Photo Op An ominous email came in to the listserv, and writers for independent media knew it ...