It's been one year since the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig – owned by Transocean and leased by BP – exploded off the coast of Louisiana. It killed eleven men and ignited the largest oil disaster in U.S. history.
The people of the Gulf have joined together to declare: The Oil Is Still Here and So Are We! They need our help to make sure that this ongoing disaster is not forgotten and not repeated off their shores, nor off of ours.
Last month, I joined Gulf Coast residents harmed by the disaster at BP's annual shareholder meeting in London, kicking off a tour for the release of my new book, Black Tide: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill (Wiley).1
Please Join Me for Two Events in the Bay Area:
Wednesday May 11
Black Tide Book Tour: Moe's Book
2476 Telegraph Avenue
Thursday May 12
Black Tide Book Tour: Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA
I will be joined on May 12 by acclaimed actor, activist, and author Peter Coyote. Professor Robert Bea, head of the Deepwater Horizon Study Group at the University of Berkeley, who has said of Black Tide, “Black Tide is extremely well researched, reasoned and written," is an invited guest.
Please join me for a lively discussion of the BP Gulf Oil Disaster one-year on and what it means for the fate of offshore drilling, those who are now calling for "drill, baby, drill" in response to rising oil and gas prices, and Big Oil's skyrocketing profits.
Black Tide is based on hundreds of personal interviews I conducted during my time spent embedded within those Gulf Coast communities most impacted by the disaster. It is a searing look at the human face of this tragedy.
As a special offer to you, if you donate $50 or more to support the Energy Program we'll send you a signed copy of Black Tide along with your Global Exchange membership. A Global Exchange membership comes with great benefits, including free entry to our Green Festivals. Donate today!
I hope to see you in the Bay and thank you for your continued support!
Global Exchange Energy Program Director
P.S. Join Global Exchange in San Francisco on June 1st as we celebrate human rights at our 9th Annual Human Rights Awards Gala. We will be honoring Gulf Cost activist, Wilma Subra (who is featured in Black Tide), Domestic Honoree; U.N. Ambassador for Bolivia Pablo Solón, International Honoree; and the 2011 People's Choice Honoree Javier Sicilia. Find out more at www.humanrightsaward.org.
1See all of our great media attention on our Energy Program's page on the BP Gulf Oil Disaster.