Monitoring the Gulf by Land, Sea and Air

 

This articles is excerpted from Gulf Currents, GRN's printed newsletter. To read the rest of the Summer 2014 edition of Gulf Currents, click here.


Oil leaking from a submerged pipeline in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. April 11th, 2014. Photo: Jonathan Henderson, GRN. Flight provided by Southwings.org

Gulf Restoration Network is continuing our work to watchdog the impacts of the energy industry on the Gulf’s coastal environment.  In 2014 (as of June), GRN’s monitoring work had been featured on NPR, PBS Newshour, the Washington Post, Salon.com, Bloomberg News, Al Jazeera, the Los Angeles Times, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Baton Rouge Advocate, the National Journal and numerous other media outlets. 

By June, GRN had also filed over 15 reports in 2014 with the National Response Center (NRC) for new leaks and spills discovered on monitoring trips. In fact, the US Coast Guard recently thanked me for my reports of sheens in Grand Bay and Quarantine Bay, saying that “[b]ecause of the two NRC reports received as a result of your over flight, we were able to take immediate action…Your efforts are very much appreciated and have played an instrumental role in the response actions taken.”

Photos of oil, gas and pipeline canals taken on monitoring trips have also been used extensively in the fight to hold the industry accountable for damages – including efforts to defend the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East’s lawsuit against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies for the damages they’ve caused to Louisiana’s natural storm defense system.

GRN thanks our members for supporting this monitoring work, our partner Southwings.org and their volunteer pilots for making many of the flights possible, and our other partners in the Gulf Monitoring Consortium. If you would like to donate equipment or sponsor a trip, please contact me at jonathan@healthygulf.org.

Jonathan Henderson is GRN’s Coastal Resiliency Organizer.

Recent Posts

GRN arranged a swamp tour on November 16th for members of the Louisiana and coastal...
Written by Andrew Whitehurst
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
Mississippi’s second annual Restoration Summit convened on Tuesday Nov. 14th so the state could announce...
Written by Andrew Whitehurst
Wednesday, 15 November 2017
The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing this month to discuss the fate of...
Written by Marley Vebares
Tuesday, 31 October 2017
And the hurricanes just kept coming… In finishing my first full month on the job...
Written by Christian Wagley
Tuesday, 24 October 2017
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met the first week of October in Biloxi,...
Written by Kendall Dix
Friday, 20 October 2017
Flood control alternatives, including the “One Lake” project for the Pearl River in Jackson, have...
Written by Andrew Whitehurst
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Santa Rosa Island is a gem along Florida’s Panhandle coast, with 52 miles of white...
Written by Christian Wagley
Thursday, 21 September 2017

SHARE THIS PAGE