Flyover Video: Heavy-Handed Cleanup Operations Are Making Pieces of Louisiana’s Barrier Islands Disappear


You can see giant cranes clawing and tearing away at the fragile shoreline, and huge floating "trash depots" that haul away tons of oil-soaked soil and marsh grasses and other debris from the spill. It's an ugly scene that BP and the federal government would rather keep out of view – so you'll definitely want to take a look. Bay Jimmy flyover to investigate destructive marsh "clean up" from...

Big Oil Rules Washington: White House Opens Doors to More Production and Industry Tax Breaks Will Likely Remain in Place


The White House is playing Russian roulette with offshore drilling, putting the environment and American livelihoods in jeopardy. With just over a year gone by since BP’s massive spill devastated the Gulf Coast, President Obama’s decision to boost U.S. oil production and exploration both in the Gulf of Mexico and off the Alaskan coast is ill-advised and presents a risk we simply...

In Wake of BP Disaster, Tone Deaf Louisiana Legislators Seek to Shield “Big Oil” from Onshore Cleanup Costs


Apparently we’ve learned absolutely nothing from the regulatory failures that led to the Deepwater Horizon disaster, at least not here in Louisiana. Against the backdrop of BP’s 200-million-gallon spill and botched cleanup efforts, a group of tone deaf Louisiana legislators has introduced three bills that would drastically limit the liability of the oil and gas industry in site...

EXCLUSIVE TEST RESULTS: Sample from Breton Islands Proves Highly Toxic Hydrocarbons Remain on Gulf Beaches


If there was ever any doubt that BP’s “cleanup” would be a monumental failure, we now have the scientific data to prove our allegations and to support our calls for additional cleanup efforts. In late March 2011, Paul Orr and his team from the Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper conducted a 50-mile boat patrol and sampling tour of Breton Sound, which lies just off the southeast coast...

Nuclear Plant Workers Dump Large Amount of Radioactive Tritium Directly into Mississippi River


How much pollution can the world’s rivers and oceans bear before they reach a tipping point and begin collapsing? The BP spill spewed 200 millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico. Japanese officials have released thousands of tons of radioactive waste water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant directly into the Pacific Ocean. Fracking, the natural gas extraction process...

Video: Oil Waste and Debris Hidden All Over Grand Isle


This video, shot earlier this year, gives a glimpse of just how far we have to go before cleanup efforts are complete. And with each passing day, the chances fade that BP will ever fully restore our marshes, waters or shoreline as debris and waste blend further into the landscape. Watch the video and you'll see what I mean. Production Note: We had to block the faces of individuals in the video to...

Chernobyl in the Gulf of Mexico


It’s been more than a year since BP’s runaway Macondo Well began filling the northern waters of the Gulf of Mexico with more than 200 million gallons of sweet crude, fouling shorelines from Louisiana’s marshes to the Florida Panhandle. As our nation’s worst man-made environmental disaster unfolded, it quickly became the lead story of the summer – with photos of oiled birds and video of gushing...

Stuart H. Smith is an attorney based in New Orleans fighting major oil companies and other polluters.
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