Categories & Tags: Gulf Coast

Federal government failing victims of BP disaster's health crisis   |   February 10, 2011
There's growing evidence that serious health problems threaten the Gulf Coast's residents, cleanup workers and seafood consumers in the wake of the BP oil disaster. But so far the...

 

Grand Isle businesses battered by BP oil disaster   |   February 8, 2011
By Rocky Kistner, Bridge the Gulf For more than 30 years, Sarah and her daughter Annette Rigaud owned one of the most popular eateries on Grand Isle, La. Sarah's...

 

2010 Census reveals lingering scars of Katrina   |   February 8, 2011
The release of Louisiana's 2010 Census data last week had little in the way of surprises for those who live there, but it did provide confirmation -- and affirmation -- for what...

 

Gulf oil spill claims czar under fire for rosy recovery estimates   |   February 4, 2011
BP oil spill paymaster Kenneth Feinberg released a draft plan this week for deciding payments on final claims for damages for the disaster, and it's drawing fire for being too...

 

New paralegal training provides ray of hope for formerly incarcerated people in New Orleans   |   February 1, 2011
By Rosana Cruz, Bridge the Gulf Drive down this short stretch of St. Bernard Avenue, and you will see signs of a struggling neighborhood in despair. Bars, blighted homes, metal-...

 

Scientists found chemical dispersants lingering in Gulf long after oil flow stopped   |   January 27, 2011
By Marian Wang, ProPublica Chemical compounds from the oil dispersants applied to the Gulf of Mexico didn't break down as expected, according to a study released this week....

 

BP spill commissioners face congressional committees awash in oil money   |   January 26, 2011
When the BP spill commissioners testify today before House and Senate committees about their investigation into what caused the deadly Deepwater Horizon disaster and their...

 

BP oil spill commission taking case for industry reform to Congress   |   January 25, 2011
The leaders of President Obama's national commission on the BP oil spill will be in Washington tomorrow testifying about their findings to key House and Senate committees -- and...

 

BP's spilled oil is washing up in people   |   January 20, 2011
Today marks nine months since the BP Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig exploded, killing 11 workers and sending millions of gallons of crude oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico....

 

Hearing citizens' impassioned pleas, oil spill commissioner pledges to address health issues   |   January 14, 2011
By Ada McMahon, Bridge the Gulf In an emotional public meeting this week, citizens from across the Gulf Coast urged the President's oil spill commission to help solve the...

 

Gulf claims czar makes mixed progress on transparency pledges   |   January 13, 2011
By Sasha Chavkin, ProPublica On Dec. 13, Gulf spill paymaster Kenneth Feinberg promised to increase his operation's transparency and improve its communication with claimants....

 

The challenge of reforming the oil industry's safety culture   |   January 12, 2011
The Deepwater Horizon disaster was the result of mistakes that call into question the entire oil industry's safety culture and demand better regulation. So concludes the final...

 

Is it safe to expand offshore drilling in the Gulf?   |   January 6, 2011
Just over eight months after BP's massive oil spill, the debate over the future of offshore oil drilling in the Gulf escalated this week with new calls from industry to speed up...

 

The BP oil spill saga: Where things stand now   |   January 3, 2011
By Marian Wang, ProPublica The BP oil spill in the Gulf killed 11 workers in April, released nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and triggered multiple...

 

Eight homeless youth die in New Orleans fire -- what does it say about U.S.?   |   December 29, 2010
By Bill Quigley Eight young people, who the Fire Department said were "trying to stay warm," perished in a raging fire early Tuesday morning in New Orleans. The young people were...

 

New Orleans gets table scrap in GO Zone lending feast   |   December 23, 2010
By Ariella Cohen, The Lens As Louisiana wraps its Gulf Opportunity Zone lending program, only 3 percent of the $7.8 billion went to projects in New Orleans, a review of state...

 

Top Facing South stories of 2010: Part 1   |   December 23, 2010
Thank you, dear readers, for another great year at Facing South! Due to your loyal readership and support (there's still time to chip in for our holiday fundraiser!), 2010 was a...

 

Feds sue companies behind BP oil disaster as extent of damages continues to emerge (video)   |   December 16, 2010
The Department of Justice announced yesterday that it was suing BP and eight other defendants for their roles in the oil rig disaster that claimed the lives of 11 workers and...

 

In wake of Glover verdicts, what's next for New Orleans' troubled police force?   |   December 14, 2010
By A.C. Thompson, ProPublica One of the most striking moments in the federal civil rights prosecutions arising from the death of Henry Glover came when Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann, a...

 

Report exposes major problems in maintenance, storm preparedness of Louisiana refineries   |   December 13, 2010
By Benjamin Leger, Bridge the Gulf After Hurricane Gustav in 2008, north Baton Rouge residents were left without electricity for nearly two weeks. Across the street at Exxon...

 

Is Gulf seafood really safe to eat?   |   December 13, 2010
Independent testing has turned up oil contamination in Gulf seafood, raising concerns that federal officials prematurely pronounced it OK to eat. The Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper...

 

Jury convicts three, acquits two in post-Katrina police shooting   |   December 10, 2010
By A.C. Thompson, ProPublica A federal jury last night convicted three current or former New Orleans police officers in connection with the death of Henry Glover, a 31-year old...

 

Affordable housing projects in New Orleans rise or fall on federal tax bill   |   December 8, 2010
By Ariella Cohen, The Lens Even as President Barack Obama agrees to keep Bush-era tax cuts, a consensus is still lacking on an extension of tax credits needed to rebuild New...

 

VOICES: Oil spill response bill may not survive incoming 112th Congress   |   December 7, 2010
By Stephen Bradberry, Bridge the Gulf As the 111th Congress of the United States of America draws to a close there is a unique opportunity for assisting the ongoing struggle for...

 

Oil spill commission's missing document adds insight to Gulf investigation   |   December 2, 2010
By Ryan Knutson, ProPublica A new document uncovered last week might help to clear up some confusion over comments made by the President's Oil Spill Commission earlier this...