11 May '11, 9pm

Yup, the 170 million plus gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf didn't go away, you remember the oil, right?

Yup, the 170 million plus gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf didn't go away, you remember the oil, right?

There’s a parallel universe in the Gulf these days. In one, the water’s clear, the beaches clean and the seafood's as sublime as ever. The other is the one I witnessed last month, a world many fear may be closer to the truth. I had been attending a rally—the Big Oil Panty Protest to be exact—in Grand Isle, ground zero for the BP oil assault and a spit of sand and beach town sticking out from Louisiana’s most southern coast. It was a beautiful Gulf morning when I decided to take a walk on the beach at Grand Isle State Park. The sand was warming and the ocean water was muddy but calm. A flock of seabirds gathered on a nearby sandbar. Except for an orange plastic fence blocking off part of the beach, all appeared normal. Several families and their children had plopped down their towels and umbrellas. The kids eagerly jumped in the waves. But the beach scene was soon to change...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/rkistner/a_parallel_uni...

Tweets

Big Oil

switchboard.nrdc.org 12 May '11, 1pm

12:00 Taking a brief break, be back soon. 11:55 Wonder when any one of these guys last pumped gas? Rockefeller (D-WV), to ...

Scientists alarmed by diseased fish in the Gulf

climateprogress.org 15 May '11, 12pm

I spent my summers, 45 years ago, in Grand Isle Louisiana fishing, crabbing and swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. The offsho...

Round Up the Usual C.E.O.'s: A year after testifying in relation to the gulf oil spill, the oil industry's Big F...

Round Up the Usual C.E.O.'s: A year after testi...

green.blogs.nytimes.com 11 May '11, 3pm

Round Up the Usual C.E.O.’s By JOHN M. BRODER Doug Mills/The New York Times From left, executives from Exxon Mobil, Chevro...

Americans to Big Oil: We’ve got your number

Americans to Big Oil: We’ve got your number

grist.org 12 May '11, 6pm

Americans eager to reduce the mammoth federal debt that threatens our economy's long-term prosperity overwhelmingly suppor...

Gulf Residents Say No to Congressional Push for Faster, Dangerous Drilling

Gulf Residents Say No to Congressional Push for...

switchboard.nrdc.org 13 May '11, 8pm

Sometimes in history there are moments you have to ask yourself; can this really be happening? The fires spreading across ...

TransCanada Pipeline Spills 21,000 Gallons of O...

treehugger.com 09 May '11, 8pm

TransCanada has said its Keystone I pipeline spilled 500 barrels (21,000 gallons) of oil in North Dakota on Saturday morni...

New Study, Same Seafood: Gulf Coast catch needs...

switchboard.nrdc.org 19 May '11, 12am

According to a new study, additional and improved testing of Gulf seafood is needed to track contamination and ensure publ...