Gulf Coast

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...

 

Despite health fears, trailers are housing tornado victims   |   May 20, 2011
By Ariella Cohen, The Lens Years after FEMA moved Hurricane Katrina and Rita victims out of formaldehyde and mold-infested trailers, the very same government-issue dwellings are...

 

Louisiana flood zone residents face chemical contamination threat   |   May 18, 2011
About 60 miles southwest of New Orleans lies the small Cajun and Native American bayou community of Grand Bois, La. Back in 1994, massive open pits there were filled with toxic...

 

Oil lobbyists gone wild: Gulf energy interests spending big to influence Congress   |   May 17, 2011
Last month, one year after the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the New Orleans Times-Picayune published a stinging report documenting how little Congress had done in...

 

Investigative Series: Poisoned in the Gulf   |   May 16, 2011
In April 2011, Facing South published a week-long investigation into the health crisis emerging on the Gulf Coast in the wake of the BP oil spill disaster. The series looked at...

 

Bracing for floods, Louisiana faces hard choices   |   May 11, 2011
Rising since April 9, the flood-swollen Mississippi River crested in Memphis last night at 47.8 feet, just shy of the record 48.7 feet set back in 1937. But as the floodwaters...

 

Chief offshore drilling regulator criticizes lack of oversight for contractors   |   May 2, 2011
By Sasha Chavkin, ProPublica   The top regulator of offshore drilling said last week that his agency is exploring expanding its oversight to include thousands of contractors...

 

BP HEALTH CRISIS SPARKS GRASSROOTS ACTION   |   April 28, 2011
The environmental health disaster unfolding along the Gulf Coast has inspired ordinary people to fight for change. A special Facing South investigation by Sue Sturgis When BP...