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oiled sea turtle after the BP oil disaster (photo credit NOAA)

Fudging the Numbers: BP’s History of Lying about the Spill

8/29/2013 // By Lacey McCormick

Exactly how much oil was released into the Gulf of Mexico during the BP disaster? Billions of dollars of Clean Water Act penalties are at stake—and a large portion of the money available for restoration. Perhaps it comes as no surprise […] Read more >

Defending Habitat Restoration for Louisiana Brown Pelicans

8/22/2013 // By Kelly Wagner

The diverse wetlands of the Mississippi River Delta support more than 400 bird species, including the brown pelican, but these wetlands are disappearing at an astonishing rate. Unfortunately, one of our best hopes for restoring the delta habitat, the Mid-Barataria […] Read more >

A juvenile blue crab from a Gulf of Mexico estuary. Photo courtesy of ChesapeakeBayEO.

What is Happening to the Gulf’s Blue Crabs?

8/22/2013 // By Ryan Fikes

Blue crabs are one of nature’s survivors. This tough little creature—whose scientific name Callinectes sapidus translates to “savory beautiful swimmer”—is a critical part of the Gulf’s food chain, eaten by a wide variety of species from the Kemp’s ridley sea […] Read more >

Dolphin mother and calf, Ocean Springs, MS. Three years after the oil disaster, dolphin calves are still being found dead at high rates.  Flickr photo by Juanma Carrillo.

Despite BP’s Claims, Gulf Dolphins Still Struggling

8/14/2013 // By Lacey McCormick

BP’s chief executive Bob Dudley recently boasted in an interview, “The Gulf has bounced back really well. And I’d like to think that we played a big role.” The more than 900 bottlenose dolphins that have died since the spill […] Read more >

A Kemp's ridley hatchling crawls towards the Gulf of Mexico. Photo: National Park Service

Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles Scramble to the Sea

8/5/2013 // By Ryan Fikes

Ever think the closest you might get to seeing a baby sea turtle would be watching Finding Nemo?  Well, during the summer in South Texas, hatchling releases at Padre Island National Seashore allow visitors to watch the sea turtle hatchlings […] Read more >

Hercules 265 Natural Gas Rig on Fire

Another Rig Fire in the Gulf, Another Wakeup Call

7/24/2013 // By Lacey McCormick

Updated below – 7/25/2013 Late last night, a natural gas drilling rig known as Hercules 265 exploded. The rig has now partially collapsed and is burning out of control, too dangerous for firefighters to approach. This incident begs the question: […] Read more >

Emaciated pelicans began dying in the lagoon starting in February. Andrea Westmoreland/Flickr.

Troubled Waters – Mysterious Wildlife Deaths in Indian River Lagoon

7/18/2013 // By Glenn Watkins

It sounds like a scene straight out of a Carl Hiaasen novel – mysterious marine mammal and bird deaths haunting a once pristine South Florida lagoon. A historically vibrant estuary now lined with the carcasses of outwardly healthy manatees and […] Read more >

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The Public Has Spoken: Gulf Ecosystem Restoration Is National Economic Restoration

7/12/2013 // By Robyn Fischer

July 8th marked the end of a public comment period for the Gulf Ecosystem Restoration Council’s Draft Plan. National Wildlife Federation and Environmental Defense Fund’s members submitted an astounding 37, 076 comments to the Gulf Ecosystem Restoration Council, saying that […] Read more >

sand hill crane in st johns wetlands

Supreme Court to Water Resource Managers: Just Say No to Filling Wetlands and Floodplains?

6/28/2013 // By Jan Goldman-Carter

With last week’s 5-4 ruling in Koontz v. Saint John’s River Water Management District, the Supreme Court has made it harder for state and local water resource managers to protect the public’s interest in wetlands and floodplains. Our First Line […] Read more >

BP and the Coast Guard have recently announced an end proactive patrols of the Gulf Coast in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. Photo by Corey Balazowich.

40,000-Pound Tar Mat Reminds Us the Oil Spill is Not Over

6/27/2013 // By Lacey McCormick

CNN is reporting that a 165-foot by 65-foot tar mat has been found in shallow water off a Louisiana barrier island beach. While the tar mat is ‘only’ 15 percent oil and 85 percent sand, shells and water, the entire […] Read more >