Waterkeeper Alliance's Updates

Judge Denies BP request to penalize Haliburton

A federal judge in New Orleans shot down BP’s request to penalize Halliburton for allegedly destroying damaging evidence about the quality of its cement slurry that went into drilling the oil well that blew out last year and caused the nation’s worst offshore oil spill.

Public meetings on oil spill restoration to be held in Mobile and Baldwin

MOBILE, Alabama -- The first round of proposed oil spill restoration projects for Alabama will be up for public comment at meetings Monday and Tuesday.
The Alabama projects were selected by the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resources Damage Assessment trustees, a group consisting of representatives from the Gulf states and the federal government. The group created a Draft Early Restoration Plan, which will be finalized after the public comment period ends.

Media War in the Gulf: the People vs. Goliath

By Renee Blanchard

Wherever big polluters degrade America’s environment—and it is still a common occurrence all across the country—they take similar steps to win the public’s trust and limit their legal liability. They attempt to control the media’s coverage of the damage that they have caused. They work to recreate the narrative of events, producing catchphrases and polished advertisements. And they waste precious time by creating divisions within the affected communities.

read the entire article here:

http://ecowatch.org/2012/media-war-in-the-gulf-the-people-vs-goliath/

Who is BP trying to fool?

By Emily Feinberg, Development/Gulf Associate

The Deepwater Horizon oil disaster flowed unabated for three months in 2010. In August of 2011, oil and oil sheen covering several square miles of water were reported surfacing not far from BP’s Macondo well. The oil was a chemical match to Macondo.

BP Crew still busy- More work to be done!

Crews collected more than three tons of tarballs and tarmats in Alabama and Mississippi in the first 10 days of January.
Nearly two years after the BP spill, the company maintains a significant presence along the Alabama and Mississippi coastline, with dozens of workers patrolling the Gulf shoreline each week.
Large work barges and several support vessels were anchored at the western tips of Dauphin and Petit Bois islands Monday. Swarms of golf carts buzzed through the sand above the tide line, and workers equipped with scoops and garbage bags collected tarballs.

Dauphin Island fish show up with lesions, BP spill link questioned

Two thirds of the whiting caught by the Press-Register on Dauphin Island Monday had lesions on their bodies. The fish live in the turbulent surf zone, where much of BP's oil ended up. Scientists said there might be a connection between the spill and the appearance of the lesions, but cautioned that other factors may be at play. The large fish in the background weighed 12 pounds. The smaller fish in the foreground were about 12 inches long. (Ben Raines/Press-Register)

http://blog.al.com/live/2012/01/dauphin_island_fish_show_up_wi.html

BP's Propaganda Machine Hard at Work

BP is pushing a slick nationwide public relations campaign to persuade Americans that the Gulf region has recovered. BP PLC's rosy picture of the Gulf, complete with sparkling beaches, booming businesses, smiling fishermen and waters bursting with seafood, seems a bit too rosy to many people who live there.

We support EPA's Decision To Add The Gulf "Dead Zone" To The Impaired Waters List

We support EPA's Decision To Add The Gulf "Dead Zone" To The Impaired Waters List
From Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper and Louisiana Environmental Action Network

The Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone along the Louisiana coast, commonly called the "Dead Zone" has been a well documented problem for decades now. However, the state and federal environmental agencies have failed to take even the most basic regulatory steps to address this problem. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally proposed to add these waters to the official list of impaired waters.

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