Friday's Gumbo

The House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a report on their findings of the BP oil disaster. Rep. Issa from California hosted a hearing to coincide with the release of this report. The hearing was friendly at times and unfriendly at other times, a typical congressional hearing where you already know the story it frames.

One year after the BP oil disaster we have yet to see any meaningful industry and governmental changes or legislation passed to fix the problems that led to the disaster in the first place. The hearing lost the bigger picture. Industry and those in political power that are close to industry are trying to speed up deepwater drilling without first fixing all the problems that led to 250 million gallons of crude oil being discharged into the Gulf of Mexico. Our economy, communities, and environment can’t afford another BP oil disaster. Any congressional action on Gulf Coast recovery must be about preventing another disaster and ensuring that the Clean Water Act fines be dedicated to the Gulf Coast.

Please send a note to your congressperson asking for Clean Water Act fines to return.

Media Links

Hearing to be held on oil disaster in DC

Louisiana Senate panel moves bill on dispersant ban

NOAA confirms sick fish in the Gulf of Mexico

Save Our Gulf Waterkeeper Updates:
Mobile Baykeeper – Casi Callaway attended the Blue Vision Summit in Washington DC last week. She spoke on a panel titled ‘Voices from the Gulf’, read a summary of the trip to Washington.

Atchfalaya Basinkeeper – Dean released some news on his fly over the basin last week. There is new oil pollution, check out his thoughts and new photos.

Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper – Ms. Wilma Subra, LMRK’s Technical Advisor, recently released another update on the Mississippi River flooding. The river has crested in Morgan City about two hours outside of New Orleans.

Galveston Baykeeper – Almost one year ago, Charlotte sat down with Sustainable 1000 webseries to discuss Save Our Gulf, recovering from a Hurricane, and the health of the Galveston Bay. Check out her awesome interview.

Louisiana Bayoukeeper – This video is also from last year during the height of the BP oil disaster. Tracy Kuhns, her husband Mike Roberts and Derrick Evans discuss how the oil disaster is impacting their communities.

 

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