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Despite a flood of information about the Gulf spill, there’s very little understanding of its impacts.

Deepwater Horizon Unified CommandCleanup workers are getting little clear information about the dangers of exposure to oil and dispersants. After more than 100 days of disaster news stories, countless press conferences, and regular updates on government websites, we still have very little real understanding of the Deepwater Horizon blowout’s impacts – short- or long-term – on the ocean ecosystem, Gulf Coast communities, or response workers. Environmental-monitoring data released by federal agencies and…
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by: Elizabeth Grossman – Autumn 2010

Oil Spill Kills Gulf Coast Shrimp Season; A Culture Hangs in the Balance

"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…
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by: Elizabeth Grossman – June 21, 2010

Gulf Workers Admitted to Hospital Amid BP Claims of Public Safety

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…
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by: Elizabeth Grossman – June 1, 2010

Trading Places

Let’s say you chose the neighborhood you live in because everything you needed – grocery store, school, park, a bank, your job – was within walking distance or a short commute. Imagine, then, that year after year changes beyond your control began to push all of this slowly out of reach. The bank relocated a few miles to the north, the grocery store moved up the hill, the school relocated across town.…
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by: Elizabeth Grossman – Summer 2010

Cashing in on Disaster

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…
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by: Elizabeth Grossman – May 5, 2010

In Praise of Backyard Hens’ Eggs

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…
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by: Elizabeth Grossman – September 9, 2009

Give us a piece of your mind!

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)…
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by: Elizabeth Grossman – June 29, 2009

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