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Oil Spill Kills Gulf Coast Shrimp Season; A Culture Hangs in the Balance – June 21, 2010

"This is the one thing that could destroy our culture and I don't want to see it happen," says Grand Isle, Louisiana resident Karen Hopkins, wiping at tears she's clearly fighting. Hopkins, a Louisiana native and long-time resident of Grand Isle, runs the office at Dean Blanchard Seafood. Blanchard typically buys 13 to 15 million pounds of Gulf Coast shrimp annually. Hopkins' house sits across from what should be a busy loading area for Dean Blanchard Seafood and no more than ten yards from a pier where boats that should be gearing up for a night out shrimping are coming in from a day skimming oil and changing oil-soaked boom.

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by: Elizabeth Grossman

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Gulf Workers Admitted to Hospital Amid BP Claims of Public Safety – June 1, 2010

This story appears courtesy of The Pump Handle.

As of Saturday afternoon, May 29th, ten oil spill clean-up workers had been admitted to West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC) in Marrero, Louisiana. All but two have been hospitalized suffering from chest pains, dizziness, headaches, and nausea. One crewmember admitted on the 29th had fallen and hit his head on a stair after a wave mixed with oil had washed onto a deck, hospital spokesperson Taslin Alonzo told me. The other, who was working on what Alonzo called "an oil rig," was suffering from hypertension. All crewmembers hospitalized have long experience working on the water, according to Alonzo.

The two crewmembers hospitalized on May 28th had been working on the… more

by: Elizabeth Grossman

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Cashing in on Disaster – May 5, 2010

photo of an aircraft spraying a pink-colored fog over a seascape. an industrial ship and some oil platforms are evident

As oil continues to flow unabated from the ruptured Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico at what’s estimated to be a rate of at least 210,000 gallons a day, a suite of extraordinary measures are being deployed to both staunch and mitigate the underwater gusher. While much attention has been paid to BP’s efforts to build an oil collection dome and drill a relief well (estimated to take 90 days to complete), far less has been said about the chemical solution… more

by: Elizabeth Grossman

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In Praise of Backyard Hens’ Eggs – September 9, 2009

A late summer diversion

This may seem incredible and laughable to those with more rural experience, but as a lifelong city dweller – a third-generation native of New York City – who grew up and spent much of her life living in small Manhattan apartments, I tasted home raised eggs for this first time this summer. A gift from a friend who raises chickens in her backyard in southeast Portland, Oregon, where I now live, the eggs were not only delicious but beautiful. Pale creamy browns, deep russet with red speckles, and light watery aqua blue green. Unlike store-bought eggs, the size of eggs in the dozen varied from very large to smaller… more

by: Elizabeth Grossman

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Give us a piece of your mind! – June 29, 2009

The CDC begins its National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures

“What you are hearing is pent up frustration at the lack of action from the most impacted communities,” said Robert Bullard professor of sociology at Clark Atlanta University, on Friday morning June 26th at what the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and its Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ATSDR) billed as the kick-off event for what the agency is calling a National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures. This process – designed to involve governmental and non-governmental policy makers, scientists, and concerned citizens – is intended to improve how the U.S. federal government protects its citizens from exposure hazardous chemicals “This is a disaster,… more

by: Elizabeth Grossman

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