Jonathan Henderson

Bird’s Eye View: Oil Spreads From Failed Refinery Containment System

On August 25th I flew over the sprawling Phillips 66 Alliance Refinery in southern Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. This Southwings sponsored flight piloted by volunteer pilot, Lance Rydberg, allowed me to take aerial photographs of Alliance before the arrival of Hurricane Isaac. The vulnerability of this and other facilities from the potential impending hurricane-force winds and …

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Bird’s Eye View: Outrageous Dirty Secret They Don’t Want You To See

On August 25th, before Hurricane Isaac arrived on the Louisiana coast, I was on a Southwings sponsored flight piloted by Lance Rydberg. While flying over and around coal terminals in southern Plaquemines Parish, I asked myself what happens when a hurricane comes up the river and slams its winds and storm surge into these huge …

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We Won’t Be Stopped–And Neither Will BP’s Mess On Elmer’s Island

Yesterday, I ventured down to Elmer’s Island (and Grand Isle) to check on current conditions and impacts in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac and the wake of the BP disaster. Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge, owned and maintained by the state of Louisiana, is a 230-acre tract of barrier beachfront located on the southwestern tip of …

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Bird’s Eye View: New Images From Latest Post-Isaac Flyover

On I had the privilege to take another flyover to document the environmental consequences in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. A special thanks is deserved by pilot, Skipper Tornsmeire, and the nonprofit, Southwings, for making this flight possible. This was a joint flight between GRN, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, and the Lower Mississippi River Keeper.You …

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New Troubling Update And Photos From Isaac Aftermath

Here are a two quick updates and slideshows regarding two more monitoring trips we conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week (if you have immediate relief needs, please see this blog post with lists of resources):On September 4th Scott Eustis and I from GRN and Joe Smyth and Jesse Coleman from Greenpeace boarded a …

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Bird’s Eye View: Hurricane Isaac Disaster Flyover Images

Today, GRN’s Scott Eustis and I conducted a flyover to survey damage to communities and the environment in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. Thank you to Josephine Billups for making this flight possible and Southern Seaplanes for accommodating us. I took over 2000 photos and video today so the slide show below is only meant …

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Pumping Stations and Canals Up To the Task?

Okay New Orleans, it’s game time. I flew over these canals and pumping stations last Saturday (Thank you Southwings and Pilot Lance Rydberg) to document stormwater management infrastructure for our Flood-Free New Orleans campaign. Fingers crossed that they do their job! Jonathan Henderson is the Coastal Resiliency Organizer for GRN.

Introducing the Flood Less New Orleans! Campaign

Introducing the Flood Less New Orleans! CampaignWe all know that New Orleans has changed drastically in the wake of Hurricane Katrina 7 years ago. We’re surrounded by a $15 billion dollar hurricane risk reduction system, public schools management has seen wholesale changes, and the region’s awareness of the importance of coastal wetlands as natural storm …

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