Categories & Tags: Gulf Coast

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...

 

Hurricane recovery loans go to Baton Rouge refinery work   |   November 22, 2010
By Ariella Cohen, The Lens The Louisiana Bond Commission voted last week to issue ExxonMobil Corporation $12 million more in tax-free, low-interest bonds to finance an upgrade of...

 

Oil industry pushes panic button over Gulf of Mexico environmental review   |   November 17, 2010
The oil industry is pushing back against the Obama administration's recently-announced plans to conduct an environmental study of new drilling in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of...

 

Some Gulf spill claimants waiting for months   |   November 16, 2010
By Sasha Chavkin, ProPublica Since Gulf spill claims czar Kenneth Feinberg took over from BP in late August, many claimants have reported that their applications have remained...

 

Housing aid won for Mississippi's low-income Katrina victims   |   November 16, 2010
A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed over Mississippi's decision to divert federal funds meant for rebuilding low-income housing after Hurricane Katrina in order to...

 

Reeling from BP, Alabama residents still seek assistance to rebuild after Katrina   |   November 12, 2010
By Ada McMahon, Bridge the Gulf BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. -- Like so many on the Gulf Coast, Ana Chau is dealing with two disasters. This time last year, she and her husband made their...

 

Spill panel: Driven by 'compulsion' to finish well, BP's procedures increased risk   |   November 10, 2010
By Marian Wang, ProPublica As we noted earlier this week, members of the presidential commission investigating BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill made clear that they don't...