Steve Murchie

A Fond Farewell to the Gulf, for Now

When I joined GRN nearly two years ago, the dolphins of the northern Gulf were already 41 months into what National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calls an “Unusual Mortality Event” in a classic government euphemism. Dolphins, a top predator, were dying in alarming numbers. While the UME began before the BP drilling disaster, the millions …

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BP on Trial

The third phase of the BP drilling disaster civil trial ended on February 2, and we need your help telling BP to make things right – click here to take action.The results of this trial will ultimately determine how many billions of dollars in Clean Water Act civil fines BP must pay. Under the RESTORE …

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Clean Up Louisiana’s Abandoned Oilfields

Louisiana’s wetlands, public lands and landscape are scarred by thousands of abandoned oilfields that imperil our already eroding coastline. Unfortunately, new regulations from Louisiana’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fail to ensure that these abandoned sites will be cleaned up and restored. Tell Louisiana DNR that abandoned wells must be cleaned up and well sites …

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SOS: Save Our Southern Forests!

Our coastal forests are at risk. The biggest threat to forests across the South is the expanding biomass industry that is leveling trees at a rate that is impossible for these forests to sustain. Our beautiful forests are being clear-cut, processed into pellets, and then shipped to Europe to be burned for electricity. Today, GRN …

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Voodoo in New Orleans

What eldritch horrors gather in City Park in New Orleans as Halloween approaches? The 2014 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience! GRN is proud to once again be a nonprofit partner of this great three-day festival. If you’re attending, stop by our booth and join in our “No Coast, No Culture” campaign. Throughout the weekend we’ll …

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Big News on BP

On a federal judge ruled that BP’s actions leading to the 2010 drilling disaster were grossly negligent, which means that we’re one step closer to seeing billions of dollars in BP fines for the restoration of the Gulf. This is a huge victory for GRN, our allies and supporters like you, who have worked for …

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BP Turns to the Tobacco Company Playbook

This articles is excerpted from Gulf Currents, GRN’s quarterly newsletter. To read the rest of the Summer 2014 edition of Gulf Currents, click here.As we observe four years since the BP drilling disaster in the Gulf, and the twenty-fifth year since the Exxon Valdez disaster, BP has taken a more adversarial stance. Instead of focusing …

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Backroom Deals or Sunshine on the Gulf?

We’re at a make or break moment for the Gulf’s restoration in the wake of the BP disaster. The RESTORE Council, which is tasked with overseeing how potentially billions of dollars in Clean Water Act fines from the BP disaster will be spent, has released guidelines for choosing restoration projects. Instead of ensuring public participation …

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Louisiana Legislature and Governor Bail Out Big Oil

Senate Bill 469, legislation meant to block a lawsuit against 97 oil and gas companies for their damage to Louisiana’s coastal wetlands, passed the Louisiana legislature in June and was signed into law by Governor Jindal, becoming Act 544. The lawsuit, brought by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, is intended to restore wetlands necessary …

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Gov. Jindal Signs Big Oil Bailout Bill

Oil, Gas, Pipeline Canals in Jefferson Parish. On June 6th, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed Senate Bill 469 (becoming act 544), legislation blocking a lawsuit against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies for their damage to Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. The suit, brought by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, was intended to restore wetlands necessary …

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