Marking the one-year anniversary of the BP disaster

Yesterday marked one year since the Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 rig workers and led to the greatest oil spill in U.S. history. One year on and it still feels fresh, especially for the coastal residents who continue to deal with the effects of the oil spill.

Many of those effects were analyzed in a report LABB released in March, looking at more than 950 surveys taken in four coastal Louisiana parishes from July-October 2010, just months after the oil spill. The surveys delved into the health and economic impacts of the spill on coastal residents. Head over to the  Oil Spill Response section of our website to download the full report as well as a summarized version.

Our friend Sue Sturgis, over at the Institute for Southern Studies’ Facing South blog, interviewed several people dealing with health problems from chemical exposure after the spill, and summarizes much of the mounting evidence for health threats. It’s an eye-opening read.

And as we’re marking the anniversary, we’re also looking ahead at how the oil industry should be working toward safer practices and technology. A news story from the AP shows there are currently 3,200 oil wells in the Gulf that are classified as active though they’ve been abandoned and haven’t been properly sealed.

We already know, based on analysis of self-reported refinery accidents in the last five years, that coastal refineries aren’t prepared for storms and hurricanes. Our friends at Concerned Citizens Around Murphy wrote about this on their blog recently (and reposted in a blog post below).

And we’re continuing to drive that point home — that the oil industry is no safer now than it was before the oil spill — in every way possible. Now’s as good a time as any to take part in our work. Information on how to donate can be found on our website. If you’d rather donate your time, contact our volunteer coordinator, Jenna De Lisle, at 504-484-3433 or
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