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Questions the Press Needs to Ask About the Gulf Oil Disaster

Rocky Kistner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rocky Kistner

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Florida Keys & the Gulf Oil Disaster: Stories Shared and Lessons Learned -- U.S. Coast Guard Captain Pat DeQuattro

Sarah Chasis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sarah Chasis

Last month I introduced an NRDC report on the Florida Keys response to the Gulf oil disaster, which compiles a series of interviews with a number of l...

The Oil Industry Is Back for More

Regan Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Regan Nelson

It is staggering how quickly the oil industry has abandoned its earnest self-reflection and returned to expanding offshore drilling, even before new safety reforms are fully implemented.

Seafood Safety: Lessons Learned From Exxon Valdez

Gina Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gina Solomon

After the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry issued a technical publication. How many of these "lessons learned" have actually been incorporated into the current response to the Gulf oil spill?

The Shark Ate My Homework: NRDC Submarine Attacked by Shark

Andrew Wetzler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Wetzler

I couldn’t help but chuckle a bit when I read Ali’s recent post about “Waldo,” the autonomous submarine launched by NRDC, Oce...

Years After Oil Spill, Report Finds Increase in Respiratory Problems & Cancer Risk in Workers

Gina Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gina Solomon

In November 2002, the oil tanker Prestige broke apart and sank, spilling about 20 million gallons of bunker oil off the coast of northern Spain. Worke...

Oily Mix and Tar Balls Pollute Waters Near Dauphin Island, AL

Rocky Kistner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rocky Kistner

In Washington and in state capitals around the Gulf, politicians continue to stick to their guns that most of the oil has been cleaned up or harmlessly dispersed. Many fishermen here don't believe it.

Back when 50 Million Gallons Was A Disaster

Jessica Lass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jessica Lass

In recent weeks, the Gulf oil spill story line has dramatically turned in BP’s favor. “The oil is gone” “There’s no long...

Dispersant controversy, oil plumes persist in the Gulf

Rocky Kistner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rocky Kistner

Down a winding road that hugs the water of Bayou La Batre in southern Alabama, out-of-work shrimp boats float quietly al...

Fishermen Demand More Testing in Gulf Waters

Rocky Kistner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rocky Kistner

Despite concerns of many fishermen across the region, fishing grounds are being opened up and beaches have been cleared for swimming. Local fishermen are incensed that officials have opened these grounds regardless of warnings, declaring them safe.

Assessment of Gulf Seafood Safety Needs to Protect Vulnerable Populations

Gina Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gina Solomon

Given the large area that was impacted by oil and the variety of state and federal jurisdictions governing the re-opening of oil-affected areas, the FDA should be playing a strong role in ensuring the protection of public health across the Gulf Coast.

Health Effects of the Gulf Oil Spill: JAMA Commentary

Gina Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gina Solomon

Today the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a Commentary on the health effects of the Gulf oil spill that I wrote along wit...

The Gulf Oil Spill and Seafood Safety

Gina Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gina Solomon

In the coming weeks, expect that many more areas will reopen to fishing. The unprecedented enormity of this oil spill makes it difficult to predict the extent and duration of fish contamination.

Oil Spills and Human Health: Lessons from History

Gina Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gina Solomon

Oil spill clean-up brings workers and volunteers into close contact with chemicals that are known to be hazardous to human health.  As we deal with t...

Hoping for the Best As Shrimpers Prepare to go to Sea

Jessica Lass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jessica Lass

Tonight as I was speaking with the shrimpers I’ve gotten to know this week, I could tell they were leery about going out to fight the oil spill ...

Q&A PART 2: Gulf Coast Oil Spill and Your Health - Who's at Risk?

Gina Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gina Solomon

I continue today with Part 2 of my Q&A about oil spill health concerns with a look at different groups of people who are at a particular risk to h...

Oil Found, Anger Fueled, Action for Sure

Regan Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Regan Nelson

As I sat in a boat in the Gulf, surrounded on all sides by oil-tainted seas, the shear scale of the underwater oil leak hit me. At first I was heartbroken, but then I got mad. How could we have allowed this to happen?

Oil Spill Disaster Makes it Harder to Pass Clean Energy Bill... Or Easier

Dan Lashof | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dan Lashof

Expanded offshore drilling was a key sweetener to attract Lindsey Graham and other swing votes to the Senate climate bill. Now that such a provision seems politically toxic, is the bill in jeopardy?

Q&A PART 1: Gulf Coast Oil Spill and Your Health -- The Basics

Gina Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gina Solomon

There's a lot of speculation and unanswered questions going around about what the gulf oil leak means for the health of people living and working in the region. In this post, I give some answers.

Beyond Petroleum

Dan Lashof | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dan Lashof

This disaster is a tragic reminder that offshore drilling is dirty and dangerous. It leaves no doubt that we need tighter regulation of where and how oil companies drill. But it would be an historic mistake if our response ends there.

The Gulf Oil Spill: Human Health Is Affected too

Gina Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gina Solomon

Oil spills destroy ecosystems and kill wildlife, but people's health is directly affected too. As the situation in the Gulf Coast unfolds, the local communities and workers must be protected.

OSHA Limits Don't Protect Gulf Coast Workers

Gina Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gina Solomon

As someone who works in the field of occupational medicine, I'm familiar with the "OSHA says it's safe" argument. I also know that it's dead wrong.

Offshore Air Quality in the Gulf: BP Data Still Inadequate

Gina Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gina Solomon

I have repeatedly called upon BP to publicly release the air quality data that they claim shows the air is "safe" out there where hundreds of people are working. Well, BP finally responded... kind of.

Oil Odors: If You Smell It, Is It Toxic?

Gina Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gina Solomon

So the question everyone is asking is: If you can smell the oil, is it toxic? The answer (unfortunately) is: "it depends".

Every Day We Delay...

Pete Altman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Pete Altman

As the Gulf Coast oil disaster shows, America has a failed national energy policy. We need a new clean energy policy to break our addiction to oil, en...