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Here's Where BP is Dumping Its Oil Spill Waste Infographic

Here’s Where BP is Dumping Its Oil Spill Waste

by Daisy Hernandez on August 4 2010, 12:27PM

More than half of the landfills EPA has approved are in communities where a majority of residents are people of color.

Topics: Environment

BP's Dumping Oil-Spill Waste in Communities of Color, Study Finds

BP’s Dumping Oil-Spill Waste in Communities of Color, Study Finds

by Michelle Chen on August 3 2010, 8:39AM

More than half of BP’s sites for disposing of cleaned-up oil and waste are in places where the majority of residents are of color.

Topics: Environment, On Gender

If the BP Oil Spill Had Hit Your Hometown

If the BP Oil Spill Had Hit Your Hometown

by Jorge Rivas on June 16 2010, 1:29PM

The volume of oil gushing into the Gulf is hard to imagine. An enlightening, if disturbing mapping tool helps you see what 2.5 million gallons a day looks like in your own backyard.

Topics: Environment, Gulf Oil Spill

BP Cleanup Worker Health Issues Add Up, And So Do Claims

BP Cleanup Worker Health Issues Add Up, And So Do Claims

by Julianne Hing on June 10 2010, 7:29PM

Topics: Environment

Cops Call Oil Spill Workers Immigrant Gangsters

Cops Call Oil Spill Workers Immigrant Gangsters

by Brentin Mock on June 9 2010, 12:00PM

A sheriff has set up checkpoints and called federal agents to BP’s cleanup sites because he says “illegal aliens” are building “criminal enterprises”—just like they did after Katrina.

Topics: Environment, Gulf Oil Spill, Immigration

Texas Settlement Could Be Blueprint for Disaster Recovery

by Michelle Chen on June 8 2010, 10:59AM

While the government struggles to confront the mounting catastrophe on the Gulf Coast, a legal settlement in Texas is set to put hundreds of millions in long overdue relief funds into the hands of disaster victims. Since the 2008 hurricane…

Topics: Environment

Feds Target Oil Spill Workers in Immigration Probe

Feds Target Oil Spill Workers in Immigration Probe

by Kai Wright on June 4 2010, 4:18PM

Federal officials have been targeting BP’s job sites in Louisiana in a hunt for undocumented workers who are risking their lives to clean up the disastrous oil spill.

Topics: Environment, Gulf Oil Spill, Immigration

BP Lawyers-Up as DOJ Announces Criminal Probe

BP Lawyers-Up as DOJ Announces Criminal Probe

by Julianne Hing on June 2 2010, 3:49PM

Eric Holder announces that the Department of Justice is opening a criminal probe into BP’s oil spill disaster—and NYT says BP’s got mobs of connected lawyers.

Topics: Environment, Gulf Oil Spill

BP Threatens to Fire Workers Who Use Their Own Safety Gear

BP Threatens to Fire Workers Who Use Their Own Safety Gear

by Julianne Hing on June 2 2010, 12:07PM

Workers report being threatened with pink slips if they use safety equipment that doesn’t come from BP. Problem is, BP still hasn’t provided any safety equipment.

Topics: Environment

Obama: BP Does What We Say

Obama: BP Does What We Say

by Daisy Hernandez on May 27 2010, 4:34PM

President Obama said today that BP is responsible for what’s estimated to be the worst oil spill in U.S. history, but the federal government is telling the company how to fix the situation.

Topics: Environment, Gulf Oil Spill

It's Official: We're Desperate for a BP Oil Spill Solution

It’s Official: We’re Desperate for a BP Oil Spill Solution

by Jorge Rivas on May 26 2010, 5:50PM

PBS opens the suggestion box. Ideas? A ShamWow towel and Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Topics: Environment, Gulf Oil Spill

Photos from the Gulf Coast Photo

Photos from the Gulf Coast

by Julianne Hing, Hatty Lee on May 24 2010, 12:00PM

A month after the Deepwater oil rig exploded off the coast of Louisiana, oil is still spewing out at a rate of 210,000 gallons or more a day.

Topics: Environment, Gulf Oil Spill

Gulf Coast Fishermen Face Maze of Barriers

Gulf Coast Fishermen Face Maze of Barriers

by Julianne Hing on May 21 2010, 9:35AM

For the people who live on the coast and make their living on the water in the fishing industry, the recovery period is only just beginning.

Topics: Environment, Gulf Oil Spill

Unheard Vietnamese Voices from the Gulf Coast [VIDEO]

by Jorge Rivas on May 14 2010, 2:05PM

The British Petroleum (BP) oil spill is an environmental, economic and social disaster that is affecting the livelihood and the economic stability of the entire Gulf Coast region. But the Gulf Coast’s Vietnamese fishing community face some of the…

Topics: Environment

BP’s Spending on Its Spill is a Drop in the Bucket of Its Profits

by Kai Wright on May 14 2010, 1:22PM

When a big, relevant story breaks, it’s easy to get lost in the daily torrent of information. That’s no doubt been true for many people as we all try to make sense of BP’s Gulf Coast oil spill, which NPR…

Topics: Environment

Gulf Coast Fishermen Win Again Against BP’s Unfair Worker Contracts

by Julianne Hing on May 11 2010, 10:04AM

Gulf Coast fishermen won a temporary restraining order in federal court yesterday against BP which will require the company to take responsibility for any chemical exposure fishermen face. Many out-of-work fishermen have signed up to help BP with the…

Topics: Environment

BP Exploits Jobless Fishermen

BP Exploits Jobless Fishermen

by Julianne Hing on May 4 2010, 4:01PM

After being pressured in court, BP was forced to retract large portions of an agreement the company forced cleanup volunteers to sign. The agreement would have let the company off the hook if workers were injured.

Topics: Environment, Gulf Oil Spill

Richmond Wins Again, Chevron Expansion Project Ruled Illegal

by Julianne Hing on April 28 2010, 6:08PM

On Monday the California First District Court of Appeals issued another favorable decision in the ongoing saga of Richmond, California’s fight with Chevron over a proposed facility expansion project in the East Bay town. A judge said that Chevron’s…

Topics: Environment

Lessons from Cochabamba on Borders, Labels and Justice

by Michelle Chen on April 22 2010, 5:50PM

It’s fitting that migration has been a major focus at the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, which brought thousands from all around the world to gather and discuss the racial, socioeconomic and…

Topics: Environment, Global Affairs, Immigration

Earth Day at the Climate Justice Frontier Photo

Earth Day at the Climate Justice Frontier

by Joseph Huff-Hannon, Alexandra Corazza, Roberto Lavato on April 21 2010, 12:00PM

A global movement is building strength. Meet some of its most dynamic leaders in a ColorLines slideshow from the World People’s Conference on Climate Change.

Topics: Environment