BPs Oil Drilling Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico

Taylor Energy Leak Is a Cautionary Tale

Yesterday, Taylor Energy, the company responsible for a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, held a public meeting to disclose details of the chronic spill. Taylor Energy was required to host this public, daylong hearing as a result of a court settlement with environmental groups. The leak began in 2004, when Hurricane Ivan …

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The Tar Sands of Grand Isle

As the Department of Justice moves closer to finalizing the settlement with BP, there is much that leaves us unsettled. Our trip to Grand Isle State Park this past 14 November, offered more than a stroll in the sand. Many of the usual tar balls were scattered on the beach just yards away from the …

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Serious Concerns About Offshore Enforcement

After the BP disaster, the federal government made a lot of promises to Gulf residents – promises about ensuring safety compliance from the oil & gas industry and prioritizing environmental protection. Unfortunately, five years later, the federal agency in charge of monitoring the industry is shirking its commitment to the people of the Gulf. Although …

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BP Settles for $18.7 Billion

Five years ago, the BP Deepwater Horizon rig exploded off the coast of Louisiana, claiming eleven lives and causing devastating harm to Gulf Coast’s communities and ecosystem. Today, BP, the Gulf States and the Department of Justice reached a settlement agreement on the fines associated with their Clean Water Act penalties and the Natural Resources …

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Victory for Bluefin, Finally

Sometimes in this work, it is necessary to keep the faith. For three years I have worked on a “win/win” campaign to protect bluefin tuna and 80 other species that are the unintended catch of Gulf of Mexico longline fishing. We have been determined since the beginning to work with fishermen to find a solution …

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Secret Rivers in the Gulf

If you listened to too many Louisiana politicians, you might think that the Gulf of Mexico is only good for Deepwater extraction and harboring the largest mainline of oil import into the United States. If you were satisfied with macro-scale oceanography, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Loop Current was all you needed …

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Sunshine on Gulf Restoration

Today, across the Gulf, residents are marking 5 years since the beginning of the BP drilling disaster. 5 years later, the oil is still here and so are we. 5 years later, we’ve made progress but there is a long road to restoration still ahead. As we observe this milestone, Gulf Restoration Network and our …

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Five Years After BP Disaster, Gulf Still Vulnerable

Five years since the beginning of the BP drilling disaster, BP’s oil is still in the Gulf and still impacting the region’s people and environment. Despite some offshore drilling reforms, the Gulf continues to suffer from the impacts of the oil and gas industry and is vulnerable to future major drilling disasters. Restoration efforts have …

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