Waterkeeper Alliance's Updates
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.
This blog was written by Mobile Baykeeper AmeriCorps VISTA Kylie Babb
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.
Below is a blog post from John Amos at our friends at SkyTruth. SkyTruth is one of the Waterkeeper Alliance's partners in the Gulf Monitoring Consortium. Over the past two weeks there have been many reports on a possible new leak at the Deepwater Horizon wellhead. SkyTruth, SouthWings, and Waterkeeper Alliance have been in daily coordination over this information.
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.
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 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 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
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.
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.