Categories & Tags: Gulf Coast

In recovery from Southern tornadoes, fault lines of inequity show   |   November 4, 2011
By Ada McMahon, Bridge the Gulf Two days after a tornado tore through Eupora, Mississippi, Cherraye Oats set out with her daughter Courtney to get tarps for their neighbors'...

 

As dolphins die, Gulf residents ask what about us?   |   November 1, 2011
By Rocky Kistner, Bridge the Gulf Willie Seaman of Irvington, AL, lays carpet and floors for a living. But last summer, as the BP well gushed thousands of barrels of oil...

 

Tropical storm leaves behind oily mystery in Mississippi   |   September 21, 2011
When Tropical Storm Lee made landfall along the Louisiana coast earlier this month, it caused widespread flooding across the Gulf region and washed oil from last year's BP...

 

Mississippi Gov. Barbour's relative committed Katrina fraud, court rules   |   September 1, 2011
A federal civil court ruled last week that a relative of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) committed massive fraud against FEMA -- part of a larger pattern of the governor's...

 

Tar sands oil pipeline protesters direct ire at Obama   |   August 31, 2011
There have been almost 600 arrests so far in an ongoing protest outside the White House against the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline that would carry crude oil from the tar sands of...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: New Orleans six years after Katrina   |   August 29, 2011
Today marks six years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Gulf Coast, leading to the catastrophic failure of the federal levee system in and around New Orleans. While...

 

Katrina Pain Index 2011: Race, Gender, Poverty   |   August 23, 2011
By Bill Quigley and Davida Finger Six years ago, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. The impact of Katrina and government bungling continue to inflict major pain on the people...

 

Is oil still leaking from BP's Gulf disaster site?   |   August 22, 2011
There is growing concern on the Gulf Coast that oil is rising again from BP's Macondo well, site of last year's catastrophic Deepwater Horizon spill, with reports of oil...

 

Good news or bad news for the Gulf Dead Zone?   |   August 9, 2011
Last week, scientists for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that the Gulf Dead Zone - an area of ocean unable to sustain sea life for much of the year -...

 

Five New Orleans cops convicted for their role in post-Katrina shootings   |   August 8, 2011
By A.C. Thompson, ProPublica The jury convicted four current or former officers of unlawfully firing on the citizens. The officers also were found guilty of charges related to a...

 

BP oil spill compensation fund chief blasted for handling of illness claims   |   August 5, 2011
Before President Obama appointed him to administer the $20 billion compensation fund for the 2010 BP oil disaster, Kenneth Feinberg ran two other disaster-related funds. One was...

 

A dolphin's dilemma for fishermen in the Gulf   |   August 1, 2011
By Rocky Kistner, Bridge the Gulf Louisiana shrimp buyer Dean Blanchard has seen plenty of crazy things during his life in the bayou. But his eyes nearly popped out of...

 

Class-action suit filed after Katrina hospital deaths settled for $25 million   |   July 22, 2011
By Sheri Fink, special to ProPublica A New Orleans judge gave preliminary approval today to a settlement agreement that would end a class-action lawsuit against one of the...

 

Senator using skewed numbers on oil industry safety record   |   July 20, 2011
By Benjamin Leger, contributor to The Lens Testifying in front of the Senate Energy Committee in May 2010 while the Deepwater Horizon was still gushing oil into the Gulf,...

 

Spillionaires revisited: Gov't official's associates got big contracts after the BP oil spill   |   July 19, 2011
By Kim Barker, ProPublica Last month, Craig Taffaro Jr., the president of Louisiana's St. Bernard Parish, lambasted a ProPublica story while testifying before a congressional...

 

Feds' own data raise questions about effort to blame Gulf fishermen for sea turtle death spike   |   July 19, 2011
There was an outpouring of anger from fishermen at a public meeting held in Mississippi last week to discuss federal plans for addressing a dramatic increase in deaths of...

 

VOICES: Using a Civil War-era law to hold BP accountable in the Gulf   |   July 18, 2011
By Lindsey Williams, Bridge the Gulf As President Obama said during his campaign, "Workers are the eyes and ears of enforcement." They are the ones who see companies dump toxic...

 

BP finds success in reports about its failure   |   July 7, 2011
  By Rocky Kistner, Bridge the Gulf When my colleagues released NRDC's annual Testing the Waters report documenting pollution problems across the nation...

 

Court orders Louisiana to take action on radiation threat from oil and gas production   |   June 27, 2011
In a major victory for environmental advocates, the Louisiana State Court of Appeals has ordered state regulators to begin monitoring pollution in wastewater discharged from oil...

 

Did New Orleans media contribute to police violence after Hurricane Katrina?   |   June 24, 2011
By Jordan Flaherty, Truthout Jury selection began June 22 in what observers have called the most important trial New Orleans has seen in a generation. It concerns a shocking...

 

Feinberg has received BP cleanup illness claims, denied them all   |   June 14, 2011
By Ada McMahon, Bridge the Gulf "Feinberg says no claims filed on cleanup illnesses" ran an erroneous Associated Press headline last week, stirring up more mistrust of the BP...

 

New Louisiana oil spill highlights industry's chronic pollution problem   |   June 13, 2011
Illustrating the chronic threat that the oil industry presents to coastal communities and ecosystems, a new oil spill was discovered last week in Breton Sound near Venice, La., a...

 

Scientists confirm Gulf residents' claims about oil dispersant dangers   |   June 3, 2011
Anyone who spent time talking to residents of coastal communities along the Gulf of Mexico following last year's BP oil disaster inevitably heard concerns about the widespread...

 

154 groups urge feds to act on post-BP disaster health crisis   |   May 25, 2011
A coalition of 154 organizations sent a letter yesterday to the heads of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services, asking them to...

 

Foreign oil interests still fouling Louisiana's coastal waters   |   May 23, 2011
At the same time President Obama was being blasted as a "traitor" for his administration's deference to BP in the wake of last year's Gulf oil disaster, another spill involving...