September 2011

Gulf Coast Waterkeepers Release State of the Gulf Report on Tues Oct 4

Stay tuned for the release of the State of the Gulf: A Status Report from the Gulf Coast Waterkeepers in the Wake of the BP Oil Disaster!

Stronger Regulations and Consistent Enforcement Could Have Prevented BP Oil Disaster

On September 16th, 2011 the Deepwater Horizon Joint Investigation Team released its final report on the explosion, loss of life, and oil spill disaster that occurred in April, 2010. Volume II of the report includes evidence that a number of federal offshore safety regulations under BOEMRE were violated by BP, Transocean, and Halliburton. These findings were both direct and contributing factors of the explosion and resulting oil disaster. The Panel found evidence that BP and, in some instances, its contractors violated the following federal regulations:

Coastal restoration in Alabama: How do we get there?

This blog was written by Mobile Baykeeper's Americorps VISTA, Bethany Olson.

Newly Released Federal Report Sets Blame on BP for 2010 Oil Disaster

Yesterday the federal government released another report that sets responsibility on BP for the oil disaster. You might remember the congressional hearings last summer where executives from Transocean, BP, and Haliburton pointed fingers at each other instead of trying to really figure out why 250 million gallons of oil was discharged into the Gulf of Mexico.

Re: "The Chaos of Clean-up": Earthjustice's Report on Oil Dispersants

"In a lot of ways I agree with Earthjustice’s report. EPA’s lack of regulation and requirements for the Product Schedule needs to be reviewed and revised. Of the 57 ingredients, 13 did not even have any toxicity, safety, or effects information available anywhere, yet EPA passed the dispersants containing them.

Tell the U.S. Senate to Protect Your Right to Clean Water!



Friends of Swimmable, Drinkable and Fishable waters,

Oil spilled into Mobile River

This blog was written by Mobile Baykeeper AmeriCorps VISTA Kylie Babb

Oil Spills Are Just Business as Usual

The nation is just waking up to the fact that oil spills are just business as usual for the oil and gas industry, but Gulf Coast communities have known this for years. Restoring the Gulf Coast in the wake of the BP oil disaster isn't just about the impacts of last summer because as folks around here say, BP isn't the only game in town. Coastal communities are facing a decades long legacy of oil pollution and we must use the opportunity for restoration created by the BP oil disaster to create resilient communities.

26th Annual International Coastal Cleanup

National Park Service

U.S. Department of the Interior


Gulf Islands National Seashore

1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway 

Gulf Breeze, FL 32563

850-934-2600 Florida

228-875-9057 Mississippi 

National Park Service News Release       Contact: Gail Bishop

FDEP Restoration Guidelines

Beach Program Improvements: Florida Department of Environmental Protection


September 2011


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