Categories & Tags: Gulf Coast

Who's the company behind today's Gulf of Mexico oil rig explosion? (updated)   |   September 2, 2010
There was another explosion and fire on an oil rig off Louisiana's coast in the Gulf of Mexico this morning. Thirteen crew members were on the platform at the time of the blast,...

 

Federal agents open inquiry into order authorizing NOPD cops to shoot looters   |   September 1, 2010
By Robin Fields, ProPublica Federal agents are looking into allegations that high-ranking New Orleans police commanders gave orders after Hurricane Katrina authorizing officers...

 

Independent tests find oil spill contamination in Louisiana oysters and crabs   |   August 31, 2010
Tests performed earlier this month by an environmental scientist found significant levels of oil pollution from the BP disaster in oysters and crabs collected along the Gulf of...

 

What are Obama's next steps in the Gulf Coast?   |   August 30, 2010
In his speech from New Orleans on the fifth anniversary of Katrina yesterday, President Obama declared that he intended to honor the nation's promise to help rebuild the Gulf...

 

Five Years Later: Washington has yet to address key failures exposed by Katrina   |   August 26, 2010
As we approach the five year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, today the Institute is releasing a new report which looks at what has changed -- and what hasn't changed -- since...

 

U.S. human rights report fails to address the lessons of Katrina   |   August 25, 2010
The Obama administration released the first-ever U.S. report to the U.N. Human Rights Council this week. Prepared as part of the ongoing U.N. Universal Periodic Review (UPR)...

 

Roadmap to recovery: Groups offer plan to restore Gulf region hurt by BP oil disaster   |   August 25, 2010
A coalition of more than 100 organizations from across the U.S. and Gulf Coast released a report yesterday that offers a plan for the long-term recovery of the region affected by...

 

After Katrina, New Orleans cops were told they could shoot looters   |   August 24, 2010
This story was reported by Sabrina Shankman and Tom Jennings of Frontline, Brendan McCarthy and Laura Maggi of The New Orleans Times-Picayune and A.C. Thompson of ProPublica. In...

 

As Gulf spill claims czar takes over, a checklist of promised changes   |   August 24, 2010
By Sasha Chavkin, ProPublicaYesterday, independent paymaster Kenneth Feinberg took the reins from BP in managing damage claims from the Gulf oil spill. He has promised to make...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: BP is driving us mad   |   August 20, 2010
According to a recent study, percent of households living within 10 miles of the Gulf coastline that have seen income drop because of the BP oil disaster: 20.6 Percent of the...

 

Government urged to take action to better ensure safety of Gulf seafood   |   August 19, 2010
As shrimping season opened this week along the Louisiana coast, environmental and community groups called on federal agencies to strengthen the system for determining whether...

 

Five years after Katrina, Army Corps still dragging its feet on reforms   |   August 19, 2010
To understand where the hurricane protection system for New Orleans stands today, it's helpful to go back to 1965. That year, Hurricane Betsy made landfall near the mouth of the...

 

Almost 80 percent of BP's spilled oil still threatens Gulf, report finds   |   August 17, 2010
The recent federal report claiming that the "vast majority" of the estimated 200 million gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico by the BP catastrophe has either evaporated...

 

Obama, Katrina and human rights   |   August 17, 2010
President Obama plans to be in New Orleans on Aug. 29 to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina -- a prime opportunity to put disaster recovery issues back atop...

 

Incoming paymaster for spill claims outlines changes to BP's system   |   August 16, 2010
By Sasha Chavkin, ProPublica Kenneth Feinberg, the independent administrator appointed by President Barack Obama to oversee compensation for the Gulf oil spill, last week...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: BP's oil-spill waste dumped on communities of color   |   August 13, 2010
Number of Gulf Coast landfills that the Environmental Protection Agency has approved for taking waste from BP's oil spill: 9 Number of those that are located in communities where...

 

Lessons from the Gulf: How can we better prepare for disasters?   |   August 12, 2010
"Strictly speaking, there are no such things as natural disasters." So reads the U.N.'s International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, which lays out how countries can better...

 

5 key issues to watch in the BP disaster recovery   |   August 10, 2010
"It's just like Katrina -- it's when the media leaves that the public needs to be paying attention." -- A community leader in south Louisiana, about the BP oil spill When the...

 

Some Gulf fishermen protest re-opening of fishing grounds   |   August 9, 2010
As the Gulf Coast's seafood industry works to bolster public confidence in the safety of its product, fishermen from four Gulf states held a press conference over the weekend to...

 

Senate votes down measure to raid Katrina recovery funds for BP disaster   |   August 6, 2010
Two weeks ago Facing South reported on a measure moving through Congress that would have taken $400 million from Louisiana's Road Home program to fund a spending that included $...

 

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...