Next Wednesday is the one year memorial of the BP-Horizon explosion, fire, and resulting oil spill catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club and Galveston Baykeeper are hosting a press conference and New Orleans-style Second Line funeral for the Gulf to remember the 11 men whose lives were lost and to remember the devastating damages to the Gulf biosphere and the livelihoods of so many communities who rely upon the Gulf’s rich seafood and recreational opportunities.
We hope you can join us in Austin at 11th & Congress in front of the Texas state capitol for a press conference followed by a New Orleans-style jazz funeral procession across the street to the sidewalk in front of BP’s Austin offices. Remember to bring your parisol and hanky.
Or, if you want the even more real thing, go to New Orleans where the biggest coastal memorial events including a sunrise service on next Wednesday at Jackson Square and a Harmony for Health concert at the House of Blues that evening with stars like Brad Pitt and Sierra Club’s President Robin Mann (who I met in Austin a few weeks ago!) jumping in to raise funds for the victims of the offshore oil drilling catastrophe.
Wonder what’s happened since the nastiest oil spill of all time? Biologist Douglas N. Rader of the Environmental Defense Fund says that we don’t know the full extent of all the damages. He says —
A full year after the blowout, we are still struggling, as a society, to assess the ecological and human costs from our nation’s worst oil disaster, to understand how to heal — or offset — the worst damage, and to limit future risks associated with America’s offshore energy industries. While a damage assessment being conducted by various federal agencies is moving forward, it is not clear that a full accounting is possible, given the current state of science.
Another expert — the head of the University of Texas at Austin’s Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department, Professor Tad Patzek will speak at the Press Conference on next Wednesday, April 20, 12:00 Noon at 11th Street & Congress in front of the state Capitol and BP offices in Austin. Dr. Patzek thinks we’ve learned our lesson about the dangers of offshore drilling in the deepwater of the Gulf and he thinks we have not learned our lessons about moving beyond oil — a rapidly depleting and polluting fuel source. Read more!
And… RSVP on Facebook or via a comment to this post and ATTEND! the lunchtime press conference and Second Line Funeral for the Gulf.
Posted by Donna Hoffman, Thursday, April 14.