When the Spill Isn't Over: Back to the Gulf

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Requesting Your Support
by Dahr Jamail
Dear Readers: I have been covering the BP Oil Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico for several months now, and together with my partner, Erika Blumenfeld, we have brought you stories and photographs that document and archive the human and environmental impact of the historic and horrific disaster that is the BP oil catastrophe.
Photo by Erika Blumenfeld © 2010

Despite the ongoing attempts by both BP and the Federal Government to convince people that the disaster is over, the reality is that it has just begun. Recent weeks have seen ongoing massive fish kills, fresh oil washing ashore, and increasing reports of human illness likely due to BP's heavy use of the toxic dispersants across much of the Gulf Coast.

We are now heading back to the Gulf Coast for our third trip, and will be reporting from there for three weeks in order to document and investigate the current state of the crisis, and continue interviews with the environmental philosophers, activists, scientists, sociologists, riverkeepers, bayoukeepers, indigenous tribes, and fisher people we have been following these last months.

The complexity and breadth of this continued crisis is beyond what we could have imagined. Currently, the media coverage in the wake of the BP disaster has gone almost silent, and so independent reporting on the Gulf Coast is even more essential and timely.

As a freelance team, we could not have produced this important work without your generous support. We are deeply grateful to those who were able to contribute to our efforts thus far.

With so much of our investigation requiring that we be out in the field, I am humbly appealing for your continued support to help us return to the Gulf, so that we may continue to bring you the unfolding events of this devastating issue that clearly effects us all.

Please support our work in the Gulf Coast by making a donation. There are several ways you can donate:

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, International Media Project (IMP) is providing fiscal sponsorship to Dahr Jamail.

Checks for tax-deductible donations should be made out to "International Media Project." please write "Dahr Jamail" in the memo line and mail to:

International Media Project/Dahr Jamail

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Online, you can use Paypal to donate HERE.

Donations can also be mailed to:

Dahr Jamail
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Direct links to our pieces produced thus far, thanks to your support:

Living on a Dying Delta (June 29)
Fending for Themselves (July 4)
No Free Press for BP Oil Disaster (July 7)
Mitigating Annihilation (July 7)
Hell Has Come to South Louisiana (July 11)
Toxic Dispersants Near Gulf Harm Humans and Wildlife (July 13)
The Source of Our Despair (July 18)
BP's Scheme To Swindle The "Small People" (July 19)
BP Oil Poisons the Gulf of Mexico's Food Chain (July 20)
Gulf Coast Residents Outraged that Money Earned on Cleanup Might Be Subtracted from $20 Billion Claim Fund (July 20)
Dahr interviewed on Democracy Now!
What Happens Next? (July 23)
BP Response Workers Report Low Morale, Lack of Pay, Sickness (July 27)
Our Complicity (July 29)
Scientists Deeply Concerned About BP Disaster's Long-Term Impact (August 2)
Gulf Residents Likely Face Decades of Psychological Impact From BP's Oil Disaster (August 6)
Out of Sight, Out of Mind (Even when it's not out of sight) (August 8)
Gulf Coast Fishermen Challenge US Government over Dispersants (August 10)
Gulf Health Problems Blamed on Dispersed Oil (August 12)
Uncovering The Lies That Are Sinking The Oil (August 16)
Mississippi Shrimpers Refuse to Trawl, Fearing Oil, Dispersants (August 20)
How Has It Come to This? (August 22)
Fish Kills Worry Gulf Scientists, Fishers, Environmentalists (August 26)
Despite "All Clear," Mississippi Sound Tests Positive for Oil (August 29)
Evidence Mounts of BP Spraying Toxic Dispersants (September 13)

Direct link to Erika Blumenfeld's photographs from our reporting on the Gulf Coast oil catastrophe:

Gulf Coast Photo Gallery
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