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Put Your Hands Across the Sand!

Guest post by Intern Lena Lane!

On April 20th, 2010 an explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oilrig radically changed the ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico. It also changed the lives of all those along the coast who saw their shrimp and oyster catch disappear, the wetlands die, and the thick slick of oil causing sickness in their towns.

A mile underwater, around 185 million of gallons of oil began pouring out of the damaged rig, uncovered for 86 days. This disaster killed 11 workers.  And, according to the National Wildlife Federation, more than 8,000 birds, sea turtles, and marine mammals were found injured or dead in the six-month period after the spill.  Today, there are still concerns about the long-term effects of the sometimes mile-long plumes of oil still deep in the ocean.

Although it has been said that the Gulf of Mexico is recovering the truth is a huge dead zone has formed near the mouth of the Mississippi and the wetlands on the Louisiana coast rapidly shrunk in size by around 2,000 square miles. Health concerns have also arisen from the use of dispersants- chemicals that break up the oil so that it would sink to the bottom of the ocean. High levels of ethylbenzene, a byproduct of using dispersants, have been found in the blood of those near the spill. In fact, a three year-old boy who visited the Gulf Coast had at least three times the normal level of ethylbenzene in his blood, an organic hydrocarbon toxic in large quantities. Other components of the crude oil and dispersants such as benzene and Xylene were found in the blood of those close to the spill. These components are known to be cancer-causing agents. However, most of their long-term effects on human health are still unknown.

Although the BP oil spill has largely disappeared from the media, this tragedy set off a movement that continues to unite people regardless of economic status, ethnicity, and political affiliation. This movement is called Hands Across the Sand.

Individuals in 42 nations across the world will join hands on June 25th this year to take part in a peaceful demonstration supporting the efforts of those who are still cleaning up the BP oil spill as well as condemning the dangerous oil extraction process that caused it. The event is also a means of showing support for a cleaner future and greener energy.

Register here!

To be a part of this event in Austin, arrive at the Pfluger Bridge on South Lamar Boulevard at 11:30am.  

To take part in the Corpus Christi event go to Mcgee Beach on Shoreline Dr. between the Holiday Inn- Emerald Beach and the Seawall.

If you are near South Padre Island please meet at Beach Access No.21. For more information please visit http://www.handsacrossthesand.com/.

Come out and show your support!

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Live from the EPA Hearing in Dallas

We’ve got pictures at the bottom of the post!

9:20 Good morning everybody! We’ve been up for a while preparing… our executive director Michael Brune is here, ready to rumble, along with the mighty delegations from Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and of course from all around the great state of Texas.

9:30 Brief interview with a concerned Louisianan. Yet another quick interview, with some even more awesome folks from Louisiana! Are they the greatest team of coalfighters you’ve ever met? We report, you decide. Seriously.

9:45 Best poster of the day! Kiss her Coal Ash!

11:00 Press conference with Executive Director Mike Brune, pediatrician Karen Lewis, Director of Public Citizen Texas Tom “Smitty” Smith, State Representative Jessica Farrar (Houston) and others… pictures on the Twitter feed!

11:10 Some early footage of the press conference (a little fuzzy, apologies!)

11:20 Karen Lewis, MD talks about the health effects of coal ash.

11:15 State Representative Jessica Farrar of Houston explains why she supports strong coal ash regulation.

12:00 Lunch panel starting in 15 minutes, the best Q and A on coal ash you’ve ever heard!

1:00 We’ve got pictures of the panel at the bottom of the post, and folks enjoying the Sierra Club snack room as well.

1:30 Corpus Christi legend Hal Suter prepares for his testimony.  Listen to his fantastic comments on the TCEQ’s willingness (or unwillingness) to regulate the coal industry here.

2:00 Ladies lay down the coal ash law!  Check out what they’ve got to say in this clip right here.

2:10 Another Texan here to regulate coal ash. Heck yes.

2:30 Pick up your coal ash mess, gosh darn it!

2:49 Katie from Dallas reppin’ Texas Campaign for the Environment.  She is not a fan of coal ash.

3:09 Updated pictures of all the action. Check out our gallery, it’s almost like you’re there, isn’t it?

3:32 ED Mike Brune: “It’s been an inspiring day, seeing so many people from the region taking action to protect their air, their water, their health.”

3:49 Susan from Oklahoma City came all the way to Dallas to tell the EPA what’s what with coal ash regulation.

4:05 Smitty from Public Citizen, to the rescue!

4:21 A student from Louisiana, representing all the people who couldn’t be here today.

4:32 This guy rode 1800 miles from Arkansas to Dallas- just to give his testimony at the coal ash hearing!

5:15 Shondra from Houston and her thoughts on coal ash. In her spare time, she’s shutting down the White Stallion coal plant in Bay City.

5:30 We are tired. We are hungry. But we are still cranking out the Strong Rule testimony!

5:48 Doctor Randy Smith, President of Texas Impact, talks about being a good steward of the land, and respecting the earth that God has entrusted to us.

6:13 Bokoshe, Oklahoma residents talk about how the hearing is going. We’re screening the Bokoshe film in fifteen minutes.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you should.

7:57 Just finished some powerful closing events.  We watched “In the Air we Breathe”, about Bokoshe, Oklahoma, and the stars of the film were there to take questions.  Check out the pictures to get a sense of what went on…

8:00 We’ve still got people filtering in to give their testimony!  It’s not over yet!

8:15 Louisiana delegation relaxing with some interesting techniques.  Check out pictures of them playing “ninja” and working out a human knot (it’s been a long day).

8:52 Alright, we are shutting down the shop! It’s time for a hurricane party at the Hyatt Regency… good luck to the folks at the rest of the hearings!

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