February 2011

Volunteers needed

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If you are like me you have some serious spring fever. There are several  ways that you can appease that fever and make a difference in your community at the same time.


Become a Volunteer and a Hero for the Gulf

This blog post was written by Tammy Herrington, Deputy Director of the Mobile Baykeeper. Mobile Baykeeper works strongly with south Alabama residents interested in protecting the Mobile Bay including how to document impacts from the BP oil disaster.

2-15-2011 H2O Testing (Mobile Bay)


2-15-11 H2o Testing (Mobile Bay)


Time to Walk Out of the Fog

The following post is in from Charlotte Wells. Charlotte lives in Shoreacres, TX and is the Galveston Baykeeper.

Save Our Gulf

My name is Renee Blanchard and I am the new Save Our Gulf coordinator. I am originally from Lafayette, LA, but moved at a young age to south Florida and when I was old enough I started traveling the globe working on social and environmental justice issues. Over the past ten years, these travels took me to places like the refugee camps of northern Thailand, Washington DC, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Returning to the gulf in the wake of an unprecedented oil disaster was never the plan or even the plan just three months ago, but it's where I found myself January 23.

Scientist finds Gulf bottom still oily, dead months after BP spill

Less recovery than expected has occurred since spill as life on parts of Gulf floor has been decimated

By SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press

Oil from the BP spill remains stuck on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, according to a top scientist's video and slides that she says demonstrate the oil isn't degrading as hoped and has decimated life on parts of the sea floor.

That report is at odds with a recent report by the BP spill compensation czar that said nearly all will be well by 2012.

Suit alleges BP cut back on safety before oil spill

The New York State comptroller, the Ohio state pension funds and other large investors have alleged that BP made cost-saving cutbacks in its safety operations prior to last year's major oil spill and that it disregarded safety warnings from its own managers.

The new documents in a securities fraud class action suit allege that the company "terminated" Curtis Jackson, then a senior manager for Gulf of Mexico operations, and Phil Dziubinski, a senior safety official at BP Alaska who warned of worker fatigue from extensive overtime.

To clean the beach or not....

Crews are finishing up the deep clean of 13 miles of beaches in Gulf Shores. There is already a reduction in force as they get ready to move the operation further west.

"There is still some work to be done," says city administrator Grant Brown, "but what we see so far from the deep cleaning operation we're very pleased it looks very thorough and from what we can tell we've hit our marks."

While the beaches look good, we wanted to check for ourselves.

Huffington Post Blog: 'BP: Making It Right (for BP)'

by Scott Edwards, Director of Advocacy, Waterkeeper Alliance
(originally posted on Feb. 8, 2011 by The Huffington Post - http://tinyurl.com/4kb9gj9)

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