August 2011

New Update on Dispersants Used During BP Oil Disaster

Late last week Earthjustice and Toxipedia released the report "The Chaos of Clean Up" funded by Gulf Restoration Network and Florida Wildlife Federation. The report details the 57 ingrediants that make up the 1.8 million gallons of dispersants used during the BP oil disaster last summer. Of those ingrediants 5 are known to cause cancer.

New Oil Spills and New Reports

Next month the Gulf Coast Waterkeepers will be releasing a state of the gulf report. Besides updating everyone on what has happened since the Macondo well was capped and the media disappeared, we will also release a summary of tissue, sediment, and water samples from Louisiana to Florida. These samples were taken by four different Waterkeeper organizations. It's been a busy year for everyone, including your Waterkeepers. Stayed tuned as more news comes out on this exciting first ever Save Our Gulf: State of the Gulf. 

Mobile Baykeeper at Work

Mobile Baykeeper responds to environmental concerns in the Mobile Bay Watershed in a number of ways, but one of the most important things that we do is respond to “Member Concerns”.   These concerns from our members and our community are the crux of our work.  They guide the issues we work on and the projects we pursue.  The most obvious of these is last summer’s oil disaster.  We received thousands of calls in response to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the concerns our community had about oil washing ashore in Alabama.  

GULF COAST WATERKEEPERS PRAISE NOAA DECISION IN FAVOR OF SHRIMPERS IN TURTLE DEATH IVESTIGATION

Gulf Coast Waterkeepers Lay the Blame on BP’s Oil and Toxic Dispersants;
Waterkeepers Continue to Track New Oil as it Washes Ashore in Sensitive Wetlands

Waterkeepers Call for Independent Testing; Will Release State of the Gulf Report

SkyTruth: BP Reports Leaking Abandoned Well in Gulf of Mexico

This blog was written by John Amos at SkyTruth. SkyTruth is a founding member of the Gulf Monitoring Consortium along with SouthWings and Waterkeeper Alliance. On April 19, 2011, SkyTruth, SouthWings, and Waterkeeper Alliance launched the Gulf Monitoring Consortium: an innovative partnership that is systematically monitoring oil pollution in the Gulf of Mexico with satellite images and mapping, aerial reconnaissance and photography, and on-the-water observation and sampling.

LMRK Investigates Massive Fish Kill in Pearl River

This blog was written by Paul Orr, the Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper. What Paul experienced yesterday isn't directly related to the BP oil disaster, but it does explain the need for full restoration of the Gulf Coast. We hear at every restoration meeting that full restoration must take in account that the Gulf Coast has been been an industry dumping ground for decades. Restoration must be about creating sustainable and resilient communities, not just repairing the damage made by one oil disaster.

Free Health Resources and Gulf Recovery Looked at By NBC Nightly News

The Center for Health, Environment, and Justice (CHEJ) is hosting a Health Effects 101 conference call on August 23 at 1pmEST. To RSVP for this call email dstewart@chej.org.

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