The Gulf Oil Disaster... And the Deep Cover-up

There is a pattern here—not isolated and random "human error," but consistently putting profit over all.

By Larry Everest

On April 20, 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico, a surge of gas burst up from deep under rock and water, through the "Macondo" well being drilled by the oil giant BP. It exploded in an inferno of flame and smoke. Eleven workers were killed. The "Deepwater Horizon" drilling platform was destroyed, ripping apart piping 5,000 feet deep on the Gulf floor.

A toxic gusher was let loose, which poured more than 200 million gallons of crude oil and natural gas into the rich waters of the Gulf before it was capped nearly three months later. It was an almost immeasurable environmental catastrophe that killed workers, ravaged wildlife, savaged ecosystems from the deep waters of the Gulf to the environmentally vital shores. It threatened human health and created an economic disaster for the many thousands whose living depends on the Gulf's waters.


BP Oil Disaster - Hell No It's Not Over!


Video by Flux Rostrum: More videos by Flux on Gulf Oil Disaster available at Mobile Broadcast News

Project Gulf Impact: Public Forum October 10, New Orleans

Project Gulf Impact has amassed documentation on the oil and dispersants that continues to affect our coastline, our Gulf waters, and our people. This Sunday, Loyola University Community Action Program will host a forum of fishermen, women and activists, determined to document the truth and tell their stories to the world. Please forward widely.
-- Elizabeth Cook, Emergency Committee to Stop the Gulf Oil Disaster
SUNDAY October 10th Nunemaker Hall, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans at 3pm
PROJECT GULF IMPACT combines filmmaking, activism and science to bring the truth of the Gulf Oil Disaster to the public.  They will be hosting a public forum with never-before-seen footage, guest speakers, and a public Q and A on Sunday, October 10th, 2010. 


Report on trip to Grand Isle La. on Sunday, August 8th

By Elizabeth Cook

When first arriving in Grand Isle, I stopped at the Bridgeside Marina and spoke to the owner, Buddy Vegas. He was a wealth of information.
He stated BP is using every trick in the book to fire people right now, rather than lay them off. There have been extensive drug testing, and workers are getting fired. He believes BP is about to conduct massive lay-offs.


And the Lies Go On

By Dahr Jamail and Erika Blumenfeld 

“The Gulf of Mexico from the Source into the shore is a giant kill zone.”
Since BP announced that CEO Tony Hayward would receive a multi-million dollar golden parachute and be replaced by Bob Dudley, we have witnessed an incredibly broad, and powerful, propaganda campaign.


100 Days Since the BP Gulf Oil Disaster Began, NOLA Natives Explain Disaster is Not Over

By Kevin Gosztola

Save the Gulf

Flickr Photo by dsb nola

One hundred days after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded creating the worst environmental disaster in the world’s history, those who live down along the Gulf coast in the areas that have been most impacted are standing strong and reminding the world that, while the well gushing oil may have been capped and while BP CEO Tony Hayward may be going to Siberia, the disaster is not over.

Elizabeth Cook, a Louisiana native, said she’s “lived in New Orleans most of [her] life” and “when this happened, [her] sense of anger and grief moved her to begin to talk to friends about organizing some sort of people’s response.” She had been organizing post-Katrina on the housing issue because after the hurricane there was a real situation with lack of housing, which produced a huge homeless problem.


The Capitalist Oil Catastrophe Is NOT Over - People Must Act to Stop It

By Larry EverestGulf Bird Dying

The banner headline in the July 16 New Orleans Times-Picayune blared in big bold letters, "OIL FLOW HALTED." The day before, British Petroleum (BP) had, for the first time since the Deepwater Horizon well exploded on April 20, apparently stopped the flow of crude oil and methane gushing into—and poisoning—the Gulf of Mexico. 


Protest Friday July 30 - 100 Days of Gulf Oil Disaster


Watch, share, spread the word - get in the streets:

100 Days of Outrage!

Demands 100 Actions!
….Cities, Towns, Communities…
Globally - because the environment has no borders!


Emergency Committee: The Well May - Or May Not - Be Capped... But the Oil Catastrophe Continues!

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ATTN: News Desk

Headlines may be reading “BP oil gusher capped,” but according to the Emergency Committee to Stop the Gulf Oil Disaster, the crisis spawned by the blowout of BP’s Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico is far from over, and the need to for “all hands on deck” to stop this catastrophe – in all its dimensions – is more needed than ever. This is underscored by late-breaking Sunday news of "a detected seep a distance from the well and undetermined anomalies at the well head." (Washington Post)


Scientists issue statement condemning use of dispersants in the Gulf

Gulf Disaster"We oppose the use of chemical dispersants in the Gulf, and urgently recommend an immediate halt to their application. We believe that Corexit dispersants, in combination with crude oil, pose grave health risks to marine life and human health, and threaten to deplete critical niches in the Gulf food web that may never recover.

We urge federal and state agencies to fund independent research NOW to produce transparent, timely information that will protect the health of Gulf response workers, residents, and wildlife."

Click here to read the full Statement of Scientific Consensus.

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