Categories & Tags: Gulf Coast

A Gulf chorus fights BP's PR war   |   January 3, 2012
By Rocky Kistner, Bridge the Gulf BP's newest PR salvo touting its Gulf cleanup hit a nerve with many residents still struggling to get their lives back (...

 

Learning From Katrina   |   December 29, 2011
Excerpt from Introduction: Five years ago, Hurricane Katrina crashed into the Gulf Coast, inflicting unprecedented damage in coastal communities and unleashing a chain reaction...

 

Top 5 of 2011 - #2: Poisoned in the Gulf   |   December 28, 2011
NOTE: Facing South will be posting lightly over the winter holidays. As we close out the year, we look back at our big stories of 2011. Our earlier entries in the series included...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Shining a light on Gulf restoration   |   December 8, 2011
Amount BP agreed to pay up front for restoration projects prior to completion of what's known as the Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) measuring the harm done by the...

 

Fresh testing shows persistent contamination in Gulf region's FEMA trailers   |   December 2, 2011
By Ariella Cohen, The Lens More than six years after FEMA provided displaced Hurricane Katrina victims with trailers that were later revealed to be toxic, early tests suggest...

 

Louisiana's Houma Indians fight for federal recognition   |   November 29, 2011
By Adam Crepelle, Bridge the Gulf I am a citizen of the United Houma Nation (UHN), Louisiana’s largest Indian tribe with over 17,000 citizens. Louisiana's wetlands are...

 

From the oil disaster frontlines   |   November 14, 2011
By Rocky Kistner, Bridge the Gulf As Keystone XL protesters savor their victory to postpone the pipeline project, another oil policy decision last week did not turn out...

 

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...