Waterkeeper Updates

Taylor Lawsuit gaining Press

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Oil wells still leaking off Alabama's Gulf coast nearly eight years after Hurricane Ivan ruptured them have discharged far more oil than official Coast Guard estimates, according to an environmental group.
A report Skytruth, a nonprofit that monitors environmental pollution using satellite images, says the cluster of wells has gushed between 20 and 100 times more oil since 2004 than an estimate of 12,720 gallons given by the Coast Guard last week.

http://www.adn.com/2012/02/11/2311854/group-challenges-reports-on-8.html

Waterkeepers file Taylor Oil Lawsuit

Waterkeeper Organizations File Suit to Plug Taylor Energy’s Gulf Oil Spill and Pry Open the Veil of Secrecy Surrounding 7 Years of Contamination Calls on Obama Administration to Require Stronger Safety Standards and More Transparency NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA -- Waterkeeper Alliance and several Gulf Coast Waterkeeper organizations filed suit in Federal Court today, February 2, against Taylor Energy Company LLC under the citizen suit provisions of the Clean Water Act and Resource Conservation Recovery Act, for ongoing violations stemming from an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that

UC Berkeley: Restoring the Gulf Marshes

Restoring the Gulf Marshes

BP Trial Updates

NEW ORLEANS -- A federal judge has set aside nearly seven hours for opening statements in a trial over the deadly rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico that resulted in the nation's worst offshore oil spill.
The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/02/07/4244743/judge-allocates-time-for-start....

America’s Inability to Respond to an Oil Spill in the Arctic

When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in the early morning hours of April 20, 2010 it spawned one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history. BP Plc’s Macondo well blowout lasted 89 days, spewing nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, and taking the lives of 11 men. The catastrophe showed the clear need for a massive, well-coordinated response when disaster strikes.

Request for Public Input for BP Money

Critics of restoration projects financed by BP money say there should be more public input
There should be more opportunities for the public to participate in assessing the damage to natural resources caused by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, residents of St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes and representatives of several environmental groups said during public hearings Wednesday and Thursday. Restoration projects also should be approved more quickly, so oil spill damage can be reversed, several officials said.

Gulf Monitoring Consortium Releases Report

The Gulf Monitoring Consortium, a partnership between Waterkeeper Alliance, SkyTruth, and SouthWings, has released its first report on oil pollution in the Gulf of Mexico. The report investigates several spills in the Gulf (including the Taylor Oil Spill) and highlights numerous deficiencies in the reporting and response process. A copy of the report can be found here.

South Mobile students still suffering from oil spill

BAYOU LA BATRE, Alabama -- For the children of south Mobile County, the effects of 2010’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill didn’t wash away as shorelines were cleared of tarballs and as waters reopened to fishing.
Their pains are still evident every day at school.
A number of children and teens whose parents lost their jobs are living in houses with no electricity or running water, so they’re coming to class in dirty uniforms, according to counselors. Some are washing their clothes and taking showers at school, hoping their classmates don’t notice.

Lawsuit Claims Former BP Employee Was Fired For Refusing To Skew Clean-Up Data

A former employee of BP America is suing the oil company for wrongful termination, alleging that he was canned for refusing to alter data about the progress of the clean-up of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Ill Effects of Oil Continued...

Since the media has stopped paying attention to the after-effects of the oil spill, BP has launched a nauseating public relations campaign that claims the Gulf Coast is as good as new, and perfectly safe for tourists.

In the video below, you can watch multiple Gulf Coast families talk about how the spill has affected the health of their children, friends and family members. Once you’ve watched it, tell us how eager you are to book that Gulf Coast vacation.

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