March 2011

Thursday's Gumbo

This week three members of our Save Our Gulf team traveled to Washington DC. Women of the Storm organized 140 women from the five Gulf coast states to lobby their Congressional Representatives to ensure that 80% of the Clean Water Act penalties return to the region.

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force…Alabamanians Needed!

The BP Oil Disaster has Gulf Coast communities in a turmoil of issues, questions, worries and concerns not to mention the very real economic challenges, business losses and health concerns – both human and environmental.  All of these issues and concerns are incredibly important, and we are collectively working to ensure that each of the major issues is addressed immediately.

DOJ Quietly Overhauls BP Oil Spill Probe - News - ABA Journal

As the anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico approaches, Justice Department officials have only recently created a special task force to oversee a probe examining who may be criminally responsible. NPR reports the DOJ

Secretary Mabis supports significant amount of BP fines coming back to the Gulf Coast

Ray Mabus says he’d like to see forthcoming fines from BP and other responsible parties to go to help the Gulf coast recover.

Full article and interview here:

BP Loses Laptop With Claimants' Info

BP says one of its employees lost a laptop containing personal data belonging to thousands of residents who filed claims for compensation after the Gulf oil spill.The oil giant disclosed the potential data security breach Tuesday.

Wilma Subra and John Wathen: Two Gulf Coast Award Winners

It’s not everyday one of your colleagues gets an award, not to mention two. This month both Wilma Subra, Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper Technical Advisor, and John Wathen, Hurricane Creekkeeper, received their own unique recognition for their distinctive hard work and dedication to the protection and restoration of the Gulf coast. They are both truly Gulf coast heroes.

Ms. Wilma Subra: 2011 Human Rights Award Domestic Honoree

Thursday's Gumbo

This past week has been all about the oysters for me. After a great meeting with people from all over the region working on restoration and recovery for the Gulf coast, I traveled to Pensacola Bay to visit Chasidy Hobbs the Emerald Coastkeeper. Having spent most of my life on the east side of South Florida with rocky beaches, it was wonderful to be surrounded by such beautiful beaches.

What Can 23,000 Oysters do?

This blog was written by Casi Callaway, Mobile Baykeeper, and Bethany Kraft, Executive Director of Alabama Coastal Foundation.

Barataria Boat Ride 3-20-2011

On Sunday March 20, 2011, after reports of oil washing up on the Louisiana coastline, Louisiana Bayoukeeper Tracy Kunhs and Mike Roberts went out to see for themselves what was happening in the Gulf of Mexico. Here are some photos of what they saw, mostly foam that looked similar to dispersant.

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