Waterkeeper Alliance's Updates

Will Our Beaches Never Be The Same

This week, Hurricane Creekkeeper John Wathen, presents a video covering 8 months of environmental and community damage from the BP oil disaster. The effected community he highlights is Dauphin Island Beach in Alabama. "Some knew they were saying goodbye to a lifestyle," he writes in his film introduction, "while others thought it would only be a short break in the action."

LMRK Finds Significant Petroleum Contamination Found in Gulf Seafood Samples

According to independent tests by Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper (LMRK), several food species sampled off coastal Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico showed significant levels of petroleum contamination. High levels of petroleum hydrocarbons were found in flounder, speckled trout and oysters that otherwise appeared "pristine" upon initial visual inspection.

LMRK also noted that petroleum contamination appeared to be moving up the coastal food chain with high levels of the same hydrocarbons found in samples taken from local sea gull populations.

Pick Up The Phone For The Gulf - Tuesday, December 7!

Congress is now back in session. But, will they act for a healthy Gulf?

A Trip Through the Mississippi River Delta Basin by Marc Yaggi, Deputy Director, Waterkeeper Alliance

On Thursday, November 18, I ventured out into the far reaches of the Mississippi River Delta Basin and the Gulf of Mexico with Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper’s (LMRK) Paul Orr, Michael Orr, and Jeffrey Dubinsky.  We wanted to catch shrimp, oysters, crabs, and fish from waters around the Basin’s South Pass, East Bay, and Southwest Pass that we could send for lab analysis.  Testing would eventually determine whether or not the organisms we captured were contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons or polyaromatic hydrocarbons from BP’s Macondo oil well.

Article and Video: Returning to the Scene of the Grime (Boston Globe)

On November 21, 2010, the Boston Globe's Beth Daley reported on the research of four researchers from Massachusetts.  The scientists--all based out of the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences in Plymouth, Mass.--are documenting the effects that the Gulf oil disaster continues to have on ecosystems along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Their specialty: shorebirds. We thought you would find their work with the American oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) particularly interesting.

New Video: Crude Justice (from Alliance for Justice)

Shot on location in Louisiana, this film explores the damage done by this unimaginable environmental calamity to the lives and livelihoods of the people who depend on the waters of the Gulf of Mexico for their income, their food, and the continuation of their culture.

Crude Justice from Alliance for Justice on Vimeo.

The Spill: Frontline & ProPublica Investigate Problems at Oil Giant BP

This October 26, 2010, joint investigation by Frontline and Pro Publica provides a 60-minute glimpse into BP's history of fatal accidents among its workers, oil spills at a number of its facilities, and numerous safety violations.

The Weeks Bay Principles for Gulf Recovery

Charlotte Wells (Galveston Baykeeper), Paul Orr (Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper), Tracy Kuhns (Louisiana

New Report: Challenges of Oil Spill Response

Report released today investigating the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. The report criticizes the current administration for sluggish disaster response and misleading the public on the extent and potential hazard of the spill.

Click here to read more: http://www.scribd.com/doc/38836943/Working-Paper-arctic-for-Release

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