Waterkeeper Alliance's Updates
Last week Gulf Coast Waterkeepers released the collaboratively written report "State of the Gulf: A Status Report from Gulf Coast Waterkeepers in the Wake of the BP Oil Disaster". The report tells the story of the Gulf Coast recovery over the past year after our nation's largest environmental disaster. It includes oyster, shrimp, soil, and water samples and talks about the flawed FDA levels of concern for Gulf seafood. If you haven't already read it, please do.
One-year ago today the Obama Administration lifted a moratorium on new deepwater oil-drilling. The moratorium, put in place on April 30, 2010, was the federal government's attempt to prevent new catastrophic oil disasters in the Gulf of Mexico. It was issued only a month after President Obama expanded offshore oil drilling areas stating oil spills don’t usually happen from drilling. We all know what happened in between those two days. The BP oil disaster.
Waterkeepers Serve Notice of Intent to Sue Under Federal Environmental Laws, Targeting Oil Spills from the “Taylor Wells” in the Gulf of Mexico
October 12, 2011
The following post was written by Tammy Herrington at Mobile Baykeeper. She helped write The State of the Gulf report released by seven different Waterkeeper organizations last week. This was originally posted on the website momsrising.
The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force (GCERTF) was created by Executive Order 13554 on October 5, 2010 to coordinate intergovernmental implementation of restoration, support the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process, present to the President a Gulf of Mexico Regional Ecosystem Restoration Strategy, engage local stakeholders to inform the work of the Task Force, provide leadership and coordination of research needs in support of restoration planning and decision making, and prepare a biennial update for the President on progress toward the goals of Gulf Coast restoration.
The "State of the Gulf: A Status Report from the Gulf Coast Waterkeepers in the Wake of the BP Oil Disaster" report lays out seven key findings over one year after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and oil disaster from the prespective of Waterkeeper organizations on the Gulf Coast. In the report Save Our Gulf Waterkeepers discuss the results of initiative’s Environmental Monitoring Project from Louisiana to Florida and calls for long term environmental monitoring on the Gulf Coast to ensure full restoration and recovery.
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!
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:
This blog was written by Mobile Baykeeper's Americorps VISTA, Bethany Olson.