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Cutting-edge Online Campaign - "My Gulf Action" - Allows Everyone to Take Direct Action to Offset Gulf Oil Spill

Leading Environmental Groups Join Groundbreaking Campaign to Reduce Dependence on Fossil Fuels and Offshore Drilling
Washington, DC – July 8, 2010 – For the first time since April 20, when oil began leaking into the Gulf of Mexico, there’s now a way for everyone to take concrete, lasting action against the oil spill: MyGulfAction.com, a place where Americans can join together and become part of the solution to fossil fuel dependence.

The story by numbers

Below are some figures of interest from Mobile Incident Command (covers Mississippi, Alabama and NW Florida) which came out yesterday.

Hurricane Creekkeeper John Wathen and Waterkeeper Alliance President Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Appear on MSNBC's Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann

On Wednesday, June 30 (Day 72) Hurricane Creekkeeper John Wathen presented video of his fly-overs of the Gulf of Mexico and the BP disaster on MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann.  John's ongoing work continues to prove that the extent of the disaster is greater than we have feared and more devastating than BP is letting on.  During the interview John shares his observations of the massive oil slick as images of dead and dying dolphins and whales cross the screen.  "Nothing can live in these rainbows of death that cover the entire horizon," he laments.&nb

Oil is hazardous. Dispersants are toxic. Now BP's admitting it -- sort of.

The New Orleans Captain of the Port, under the authority of the Ports and Waterways Safety Act, established a 100-meter “safety zone” around all oil disaster response operations, including booming operations and booms in Southeast Louisiana. Violations can result in a fine up to $40,000 and willful violations are a Class D felony.

"Mobile Baykeeper focused on protecting nature's bounty." Letter To The Editor. Mobile Press-Register, June 27

As the Deepwater Horizon well continues to gush into the Gulf, we at Mobile Baykeeper are faced with the daunting reality that oil is relentlessly making its way toward our sea grasses, wetlands and shorelines. In order to most effectively handle this situation, we have identified critical concerns and devised a set of goals which we feel are most important for immediate spill response.

June 30, 2010

Thank you for your continued interest in volunteering with the Deepwater Horizon Oil Response. Although volunteers will not be deployed to conduct direct clean-up activities on oil-impacted shorelines or with oil-impacted wildlife, citizens do have a critical role to play in the response effort.

An Honest Discussion Of Louisiana's Berm Plan Part 2

Restoration Work on the Chandeleur  Islands
Construction work in the Chandeleur Islands by Kyle Douglas Jeffery Photography
Flight provided by our friends at SouthWings

BP Slick Covers Dolphins and Whales [Video]

Hurricane Creekkeeper John Wathen recently posted this video he shot of dolphins and a whale covered in oil from the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf. "This was the most emotionally disturbing video I have ever done," writes John. "Who will answer for these gentle creatures?"

Outdoor Industry Association and Teva Join To Support Save Our Gulf

The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) and Teva are joining forces with Gulf Waterkeepers and Waterkeeper Alliance to support the Save Our Gulf campaign.  OIA is urging all of their members to donate to Gulf Coast recovery efforts through saveourgulf.org, while Teva has contributed $50,000 in cash and another $50,000 in in-kind support to help raise awareness of the spill and support clean-up o

We Must Insist EPA Do Something About Dispersants in the Gulf [Take Action]

As you all know I have been screaming about the use of dispersants since day 1. The ONLY reason given by BP and unified command to use dispersants is to keep the oil from rising to the surface and impacting shorelines and shore animals. Well guess what, the oil is still impacting shorelines and shore animals AND now BP has seriously compounded this unfortunate issue by essentially pulling most of the oil into the water column and to the sea floor where we not only cannot see it, but we cannot CLEAN it up either!

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