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In Pictures: Gulf seafood industry struggles in wake of BP spill
In Pictures: Gulf seafood industry struggles in wake of BP spill

Fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico are in the initial phase of collapse, according to scientists. New Orleans, LA – Nearly two years after BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, fishermen and scientists say things are getting worse. Interviews with fishermen and scientists across Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana have shed light on the distressing truth that nearly two years after the BP oil disaster began in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, fisheries for oysters, shrimp, crab and fish are producing dramatically reduced catches. One scientist told Al Jazeera that many of the Gulf fisheries “have already collapsed” and the only question is “if or when they’ll…read more »

Gulf fisheries in decline after oil disaster
Gulf fisheries in decline after oil disaster

Nearly two years after BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, fishermen and scientists say things are getting worse. New Orleans, LA – Hundreds of thousands of people living along the US Gulf Coast have hung their economic lives on lawsuits against BP. Fishermen, in particular, are seeing their way of life threatened with extinction – both from lack of an adequate legal settlement and collapsing fisheries. One of these people, Greg Perez, an oyster fisherman in the village of Yscloskey, Louisiana, has seen a 75 per cent decrease in the amount of oysters he has been able to catch. “Since the spill, business has been bad,” he said….read more »

In Pictures: Oil still ‘seeps’ in the Gulf
In Pictures: Oil still 'seeps' in the Gulf

The size and location of an oil seep in the Gulf of Mexico indicates that it could be caused by human activity. New Orleans, LA – While oil giant BP has successfully settled in the first of a three-phase trial for at least $7.8bn, residents of the Gulf Coast remain concerned about a large oil seep along an area near BP’s capped Macondo well. The disaster at BP’s well gushed at least 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico during the spring and summer of 2010, causing the largest marine oil disaster in US history. By comparison, the Macondo reservoir, from which this new oil is likely…read more »

BP settles while Macondo ‘seeps’
BP settles while Macondo 'seeps'

As BP pays billions in settlements, scientists are concerned about a persistent oil seep near the Macondo 252 well. New Orleans, LA – As BP settles out of court for the first phase of thousands of lawsuits that could cost the company tens of billions of dollars, Al Jazeera has spotted a large oil sheen near the infamous Macondo 252 well. In September 2011, Al Jazeera spotted a large swath of silvery oil sheen located roughly 19km northeast of the now-capped well. But now, on February 29, Al Jazeera conducted another over-flight of the area and found a larger area of sea covered in oil sheen in the same location….read more »

BP goes to court
BP goes to court

The largest environmental trial in US history begins March 5, as BP is sued for its 2010 oil spill disaster. New Orleans, LA – It was the largest marine oil disaster in the United States, and now BP’s trial is the largest and most complex environmental lawsuit in US history. In what is being called by many “The Trial of the Century”, a thousand plaintiffs, a multitude of witnesses, and at least 20,000 exhibits will converge at a US district court in New Orleans, Louisiana, on March 5 for litigation surrounding BP’s oil disaster that began on April 20, 2010, when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf…read more »

In Pictures: Gulf seafood industry struggling
In Pictures: Gulf seafood industry struggling

Over a year after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, local seafood businesses are closing due to smaller catches. In the wake of previous oil disasters, like the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska in 1989, it took several years to see the impact on marine life and the fishing industry. However, fishermen and scientists along the Gulf of Mexico coast, which was heavily affected by BP’s oil disaster in the summer of 2010, are already seeing greatly diminished catches, widespread signs of disease, scarring, and death in shrimp, fish, dolphin, and oyster populations. The fishing industry is seeing the effects already, with some of Louisiana’s largest seafood…read more »

In Pictures: Lawsuits mount against BP
 In Pictures: Lawsuits mount against BP

BP faces a raft of criminal and civil litigation for its role in last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill. In a key investigative report released on September 14, the US government heaped most of the blame for last year’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on BP. The British company now faces a raft of criminal and civil litigation and billions of dollars in potential damages. The report concluded that BP violated federal regulations, ignored safety concerns and crucial warnings, and made careless decisions during the cementing of the well nearly two kilometres underwater. “That report summarised what we already knew, and it will help establish the…read more »

In Pictures: Sick Gulf residents blame BP
In Pictures: Sick Gulf residents blame BP

Over a year after the BP oil disaster, many Gulf Coast residents have been reporting serious health problems. In the wake of BP’s oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, countless Gulf Coast residents have been made sick by what they believe to be chemicals from BP’s oil and toxic dispersants. Their situation is made worse by BP not paying out health-related claims, despite the oil giant’s promises to “make things right” and “make people whole”. To read more about their situation, click here. Click here to see this photo gallery on Al Jazeera…read more »

The escalation of BP’s liability
The escalation of BP's liability

As oil, sickness and contamination persist, Gulf residents and lawyers file thousands of lawsuits against the oil giant. “If you got caught humping another woman – [if] you’re both naked and caught in the act – you’d want BP to explain to your wife how it didn’t happen.” This colorful analogy was proposed by Dean Blanchard, a seafood distributor on Grand Isle, Louisiana, to explain oil giant BP’s continuing machinations to evade liability in the aftermath of the April 2010 disaster. During a recent discussion in his office, Blanchard told Al Jazeera that the fishing waters off Louisiana are only producing one per cent of the shrimp they formerly produced….read more »

In Pictures: BP oil spill damage continues
In Pictures: BP oil spill damage continues

Two Louisiana beaches were closed to the public after Tropical Storm Lee uncovered huge tar and oil mats In April 2010, BP’s Macondo well explosion leaked oil into the Gulf of Mexico, causing one of the worst environmental disasters in US history. Now, over a year later, problems continue. On September 13, 2011, Al Jazeera investigated an announcement that two public beaches, Fourchon Beach and Grand Terre Island Beach, in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, were closed to the public by BP for undisclosed reasons. Al Jazeera was escorted to the Edward Wisner Land Donation, a land trust where most of the oil was found, along 16km of beach. Upon examining Fourchon…read more »