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Engulfed State Park: Enviro Presto Chango

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By David Underhill – The dermatologist moonlighting as Alabama’s governor, Robert Bentley, has shown that neither of these pursuits is his true talent. He is actually a master prestidigitator. Only an amateur magician distracts by elaborate maneuvers with one hand, while the other is slyly inserting the rabbit into the top hat, displayed as empty…

Salazar to Leave Obama’s Cabinet, Return Home to Colorado

By Glynn Wilson – Ken Salazar announced Wednesday that he will be leaving President Obama’s cabinet as Secretary of the Interior to return to his home state of Colorado. According to a press release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Salazar informed President Obama that he intends to leave the department by the end…

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council to Hold First Public Meeting in Mobile

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council will hold its first public meeting at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile, Alabama on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Established by the Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability, Tourism, Opportunities Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (a.k.a. the Restore Act), the council will develop and oversee implementation…

Coast Guard Approves Plan to Further Inspect Deepwater Horizon Oil Sheen

NEW ORLEANS, La. – British Petroleum and Transocean have received approval from the U.S. Coast Guard to proceed with another investigation of the Deepwater Horizon wreckage and wellhead site in the Gulf of Mexico with Remotely Operated Vehicles after a sheen was reported on November 2 and verified by satellite imagery. A joint plan to…

Obama Justice Department Slams BP With $4 Billion Fine, 14 Criminal Charges

By Glynn Wilson – Less than two weeks after President Barack Obama won reelection to a second term, the Obama administration announced a major settlement agreement with the British Petroleum corporation in the largest and worst environmental disaster in U.S. history when BP’s Deepwater Horizon exploded and began leaking millions of barrels of sweet crude…

BP Announces Lawsuit Settlement with People Along the Gulf Coast

Glynn Wilson | Thanks to Southwings.org by Glynn Wilson British Petroleum company has reached a tentative settlement agreement with a large number of people along the Gulf of Mexico coast who are suing for damages from the largest and most devastating environmental disaster in U.S. history. If the plaintiffs agree to the final settlement and…

Greg Palast’s New Book and Film for the BBC Vultures’ Picnic Investigates Oil Industry Corruption

Greg Palast’s BBC crew of journalist-detectives chase down British Petroleum bag men, CIA operatives, nuclear power con men — and “The Vultures,” billionaire financial speculators who, through bribery, flim-flam and political muscle, take entire nations hostage for mega-profits. The action begins when the Deepwater Horizon explodes in the Gulf of Mexico and a confidential cable…

Obama Task Force Releases Strategy for Reversing Deterioration of Gulf Ecosystem

Glynn Wilson | Thanks to Southwings.org The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force released its final strategy for long term ecosystem restoration for the Gulf Coast Monday following extensive feedback from citizens throughout the region. The Task Force delivered its final strategy recommendations on Friday to President Barack Obama, who established the Task Force by…

VIDEO: Hurricane Katrina Fifth Anniversary

The city of New Orleans suffered one of the worst disasters in U.S. history when Hurricane Katrina flooded the city in 2005. Then when the Saints won the Super Bowl in 2010, the people felt like the city was back. But seven weeks later, BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew up in the Gulf of…

Who Should the People of the Gulf Coast Trust for Payback?

The Federal Government or the State Court System? David Underhill of the Mobile Alabama Sierra Club protests BP in Panama City, Florida Legal Analysis by Glynn Wilson David Underhill of the Mobile Alabama Sierra Club, who recently protested a public forum sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior by wearing duct tape over his…

Oil Spill Commission Meets Again on Gulf Disaster

Guest Column by Johanna Polsenberg Gulf Coast Restoration Network On Wednesday, August 25, I attended the second public meeting of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. Fortunately, my immediate and lasting impression is that the Commissioners are extremely well-chosen and broadly experienced, highly capable experts. They demonstrated throughout…

Americans Divided About the Future of Gulf Oil Drilling

More Disapprove of BP Than President Obama With the BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico seemingly capped, Americans are split down the middle over whether the federal government should maintain a moratorium on most offshore oil drilling in the Gulf, or lift it and allow drilling to resume before November, according to the…

Gulf Tides: Episode 6 – Coastal Clean Up Concerns

Tim Robbins narrates this ongoing series documenting the environmental issues and coastal community concerns in the wake of the BP drilling disaster. This episode features interviews with Len Bahr, Ph.D. the coastal science adviser to 5 different Louisiana Governors and Matt Rota of the Gulf Restoration Network discussing the Louisiana sand berm project, intended to…

Join An Evening with Tuscaloosa’s Waterkeepers August 12

The Black Warrior Riverkeeper and the Friends of Hurricane Creek present a free public event at the Alabama Museum of Natural History in Tuscaloosa on Thursday, August 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. “An Evening with Tuscaloosa’s Waterkeepers” will feature watershed presentations and new photography exhibits by the two Waterkeepers protecting Tuscaloosa-area waterways: Nelson Brooke…

A Fort Morgan Sunset From the Summer of Gulf Discontent

Glynn Wilson Looking at the sunset over Mobile Bay from the north side of the Fort Morgan peninsula, knowing that the Gulf of Mexico and the bay nearby are full of crude oil from the Deepwater Horizon, one can’t help but wonder if this is the final sunset in the summer of discontent for a…

The Gulf: Only a Shadow of It’s Former Self

Glynn Wilson One of the most common, iconic photos in the French Quarter, especially among the faithful who come here to expose themselves to a little sin, is the backside of the St. Louis Cathedral after dark. Sometimes you can also get the moon in the shot. [Click on the image for a larger view]…