Gulf Coast

Gulf Dead Zone shows potential long-term impact of BP disaster   |   August 5, 2010
Over the last week, a curious media spin on the BP spill has taken hold that suggests the impact of the disaster has been more hype than reality. It started with conservative...

 

BP leaves many damage claims waiting in limbo   |   August 3, 2010
By Sasha Chavkin, ProPublica BP appears to be delaying decisions about the validity of many claims for damages from the Gulf oil spill, leaving claimants frustrated by...

 

Fallout from the BP disaster: Today on "To the Point" 2:10pm EST   |   August 2, 2010
It's been more then 100 days since the onset of the BP oil disaster, and with hope growing that the gushing well will be successfully capped this week, there's now considerable...

 

Offshore drilling reform bill squeaks through House   |   August 2, 2010
The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill Friday to reform the offshore oil drilling industry. The measure now moves to the Senate, where its fate is uncertain. The...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: President Haley Barbour, brought to you by Big Oil?   |   July 30, 2010
Year in which Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) must leave office due to term limits: 2011 Year in which Barbour -- who's been mentioned as a possible 2012 presidential candidate...

 

Backlash grows against BP's effort to 'buy up' Gulf scientists   |   July 29, 2010
On July 1, a video appeared on BP's website featuring renegade scientist Ivor van Heerden -- a marine specialist who, as Facing South profiled, was fired from LSU when he blamed...

 

Mental health claims from oil spill probably won't be paid   |   July 28, 2010
By Sasha Chavkin, ProPublica BP's $20 billion fund to compensate those hurt by the Gulf oil spill will probably turn down one controversial class of claims: those for mental...

 

What's Congress doing in response to BP's oil disaster?   |   July 28, 2010
Environmental advocates were handed a big disappointment last week with the death of carbon cap-and-trade legislation in the U.S. Senate -- a measure that would have been a step...

 

Funding in jeopardy for New Orleans' health clinics   |   July 26, 2010
Among the many victims of the levees that failed in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina was Charity Hospital, a historic institution that played a critical role in caring for...

 

A second disaster coming to the Gulf?   |   July 22, 2010
By Enku Ide, Labor Notes Jason Anderson, one of 11 workers killed during April's Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, had warned his family that BP was...

 

New air data analysis shows ongoing public health threat from Gulf oil disaster   |   July 20, 2010
A new analysis of federal air quality monitoring data from Louisiana released today by an environmental watchdog group shows continuing public health threats from the BP oil...

 

Will Congress spend Katrina housing money on BP disaster response?   |   July 20, 2010
For many in New Orleans, it was the ultimate insult: On July 1, the U.S. House passed an emergency spending bill -- largely for the war in Afghanistan -- that would take back $400...

 

Six New Orleans police charged in post-Katrina killings, but activists say deeper change is needed   |   July 16, 2010
By Jordan Flaherty, Huffington Post This week, federal officials charged six current and former New Orleans police officers in connection with the killing of civilians in the days...

 

Chris and Sue on WUNC 91.5's The State of Things today   |   July 15, 2010
As Facing South readers know, Sue Sturgis and I have led two major public interest journalism projects in recent months: Our investigative series on the growing problem of coal...

 

Company challenging offshore drilling moratorium moved overseas to avoid U.S. taxes   |   July 14, 2010
The Obama administration this week issued a new moratorium on offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico after a federal appeals court rejected an earlier version. But the new policy...

 

Six more charged in New Orleans Danziger Bridge shootings   |   July 14, 2010
By A.C. Thompson, ProPublica U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday announced the indictment of six current or former New Orleans Police Department officers in connection to...

 

Feds revamp controversial media rules for BP oil disaster coverage   |   July 13, 2010
The U.S. Coast Guard has announced new procedures for the media to access federally imposed safety zones set up around the BP oil spill. National Incident Commander Admiral Thad...

 

For claims of bodily injury, no payments from BP yet   |   July 12, 2010
By Sasha Chavkin, ProPublica BP has long maintained that it will pay all "legitimate" claims for damage caused by the gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. But company data shows that...

 

Gulf drilling moratorium rejected by oil-soaked appeals court   |   July 9, 2010
The three-judge panel that rejected the Obama administration's effort to enforce a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has extensive ties to the oil...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: De facto censorship of disaster   |   July 9, 2010
Date on which the U.S. Coast Guard established a "safety zone" around oil cleanup operations and booms in the Gulf: 6/30/2010 Size of the safety zone the Coast Guard originally...

 

Jet-fuel dumping behind Tenn. crop damage some blamed on BP spill   |   July 8, 2010
When a Tennessee TV station aired a report last month on mysterious damage afflicting crops in an area of the mid-South, it set off a firestorm of speculation as to the cause --...

 

ALTERNATIVES, BABY, ALTERNATIVES: How to win the offshore drilling debate   |   July 8, 2010
One of the most striking things we learned meeting with community leaders in the Gulf Coast recently is how deeply conflicted coastal residents are about offshore oil drilling....

 

Cameras not allowed in Alabama wildlife refuge affected by oil spill (video)   |   July 7, 2010
The latest video from the BP oil disaster by Hurricane Creekkeeper John Wathen of Alabama shows the difficulties reporters and others face in trying to document the effects of the...

 

BP vows to do a better job of hiring commercial fishermen for oil cleanup   |   July 7, 2010
During our recent reporting trip to the Gulf Coast, we met with commercial fishermen who complained that the oil cleanup jobs they so desperately needed were going instead to...

 

Lawmakers demand answers on toxic trailers housing oil disaster cleanup workers   |   July 6, 2010
U.S. Reps. Charlie Melancon (D-La.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) want to know why trailers found to have exposed hurricane survivors to potentially dangerous levels of toxic fumes...