Eco-photojournalism

Sick Gulf residents continue to blame BP
Sick Gulf residents continue to blame BP

Many people living near the site of the BP oil spill have reported a long list of similar health problems. Just weeks after BP’s oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico began on April 20, 2010, Fritzi Presley knew something was very wrong with her health. The 57-year-old singer/songwriter from Long Beach, Mississippi began to feel sick, and went to her doctor. “I began getting treatments for bronchitis, was put on several antibiotics and rescue inhalers, and even a breathing machine,” she told Al Jazeera. The smell of chemicals on the Mississippi coastline is present on many days when wind blows in from the Gulf. Presley’s list of symptoms mirrors…read more »

In Pictures: Ongoing BP oil leaks in the Gulf
In Pictures: Ongoing BP oil leaks in the Gulf

Al Jazeera spots a swath of silvery oil sheen near BP’s crippled Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico. Over one year after a BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico leaked, causing one of the worst environmental disasters in US history, oil continues to surface on the water near the damaged well. On September 11 Al Jazeera reported and photographed a silvery oil sheen, about 7 km long and 10 to 50 metres wide, roughly 19 km northeast of the well. Click here to see the photo gallery on Al Jazeera…read more »

No end in sight for oil in the Gulf of Mexico
No end in sight for oil in the Gulf of Mexico

Fresh oil seepages raise questions about further problems with BP’s damaged oil well. Fifteen months after BP’s crippled Macondo Well in the Gulf of Mexico caused one of the worst environmental disasters in US history, oil and oil sheen covering several square kilometers of water are surfacing not far from BP’s well. Al Jazeera flew to the area on Sunday, September 11, and spotted a swath of silvery oil sheen, approximately 7 km long and 10 to 50 meters wide, at a location roughly 19 km northeast of the now-capped Macondo 252 well. According to oil trackers with the organisation On Wings of Care, who have been monitoring the new…read more »

A Future Without Coal: In New Mexico Supreme Court, Again
A Future Without Coal: In New Mexico Supreme Court, Again

It’s time we secure a future without coal in New Mexico, across America, and around the world. It won’t be easy. Along the way, we will need a lot of help, creativity and inspiration. While we draw strength from each other, our movement to end coal and save our planet from climate change also honors the millions of people viciously poisoned and ruthlessly exploited by the relentless, destructive impact of coal. From infants and children to adults and our beloved elders, the litany of coal’s negative effects is brutal and it’s growing. Coal mining, coal transportation and coal-fired electricity generation are widely recognized to increase rates of asthma, emphysema, lung…read more »

In Pictures: Exposing the human side of BP’s oil spill
In Pictures: Exposing the human side of BP's oil spill

Doctors in the Gulf attribute deaths and illnesses to harmful dispersants used in the clean-up effort. Many of the chemicals present in BP oil and dispersants are known to cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, kidney damage, altered renal function, and irritation of the digestive tract. Dispersants were used after BP’s oil disaster that began on April 20, 2010, when an explosion killed 11 workers, spilling at least 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, and causing the largest environmental disaster in US history Further health problems linked to dispersants include stomach discomfort, liver and kidney damage, unconsciousness, tiredness/lethargy, irritation of the upper respiratory tract, hematological disorders, and death. Many of the chemicals…read more »

In Pictures: Toxic contamination of the Gulf environment
In Pictures: Toxic contamination of the Gulf environment

Residents, fishermen and scientists believe that living on the coast is hazardous to their health. Many locals argue that living in close proximity to – and eating seafood from – the Gulf is risky and disagree with federal agencies’ claims that the Gulf is now safe. In response to their oil disaster last summer that released at least 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BP admitted to using at least 1.9 million gallons of widely banned toxic Corexit dispersants (which have been banned in 19 countries) to sink the oil. The dispersants contain chemicals that many scientists and toxicologists have warned are dangerous to humans, marine life, and…read more »

The BP oil disaster: A year in photography
The BP oil disaster: A year in photography

Damage from the spill continues to be felt by local communities and eco-systems around the Gulf of Mexico. BP’s oil disaster that began April 20, 2010 gushed at least 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, causing the largest accidental marine oil spill in history – and the largest environmental disaster in US history. The Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, killing 11 workers, burned for two days, then sank to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. The disaster’s impact on the environment in the Gulf, particularly around Louisiana’s fragile marshlands, has been catastrophic. According to a report released by the Center for Biological Diversity this month: “Approximately 6,000…read more »

BP’s Criminal Negligence Exposed
BP’s Criminal Negligence Exposed

One year after BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, the number of lawsuits against the oil giant continues to mount. Ryan Lambert is enraged. The owner of a charter fishing business, he had always supported the oil industry in his home state of Louisiana. He previously trusted BP, and the rest of the oil industry, to do the right thing in case an accident happened. But not any more. “I’m seeing people starving to death and BP won’t pay them,” said Lambert. His business drop of 94 per cent in the last year has cost him more than $1.1mn, he told Al Jazeera, “They won’t pay me, they owe me…read more »

BP Handling of Claims Slammed by Gulf Residents
BP Handling of Claims Slammed by Gulf Residents

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, paid by BP to administer the firm’s 20-billion-dollar compensation fund, has become the focal point of anger for Gulf residents who are angry, frustrated and desperate for help following last year’s massive oil disaster. “Most of the people I care about are hungry, they’ve lost their house, they’re losing their cars,” Cherri Foytlin, the co-founder of Gulf Change, a community organisation in Louisiana, told IPS. “I’ve met so many people who had red beans and rice for dinner last Christmas while this man’s firm is getting 850,000 dollars a month for this,” she said. “I saw people on their knees in these meetings begging this man. I don’t…read more »

BP Anniversary: Toxicity, Suffering and Death
BP Anniversary: Toxicity, Suffering and Death

The Gulf of Mexico oil disaster has caused the biggest chemical poisoning crisis in US history, experts say. April 20, 2011 marks the one-year anniversary of BP’s catastrophic oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. On this day in 2010 the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, causing oil to gush from 5,000 feet below the surface into the ninth largest body of water on the planet. At least 4.9 million barrels of BP’s oil would eventually be released into the Gulf of Mexico before the well was capped 87 days later. It is, to date, the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. BP has…read more »