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“Making It Right” After BP Oil Disaster Is Up to Us – Not BP

Grand Isle, Louisiana. When I returned to Cordova, Alaska, in December 2010 after my first six-month stint in the Gulf coast communities impacted by the BP oil disaster, fishermen greeted me wryly. “See you found your way home.” Fishermen were interested in stories because even then, twenty-one years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, there […]

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When Harm Goes Unpunished: Why Congress Should Overturn the Supreme Court’s Exxon Valdez Decision

When the Supreme Court slashed punitive damages in the Exxon Valdez case last month, it was more than a travesty of justice. The court’s decision also charted a dangerous course for America — one largely overlooked in the flurry of coverage on the court’s other eleventh-hour, high-profile decisions, but one that renders our legal system […]

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From the Ground: BP Censoring Media, Destroying Evidence

“There’s only one reason for that,” the pilot said. “BP doesn’t want the media taking pictures of oil on the beaches. You should see the oil that’s about six miles off the coast,” he said grimly. We looked down at the wavy orange boom surrounding the islands below us. The pilot shook his head. “There’s no way those booms are going to stop what’s offshore from hitting those beaches.”

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Human Health Tragedy in the Making: Gulf Response Failing to Protect People

Grand Bayou, Louisiana — The federal agencies delegated with protecting the environment, worker safety, and public health are in hot water in the small coastal communities across Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

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