10 years since the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill...

Hundreds of thousands of people are likely suffering from health impacts — long-term illnesses – not only from the disaster itself, but from the millions of gallons of chemical dispersants used to “clean up” the oil spill.

Find out what really happened during the "clean up" ...

A decade of scientific research has shown us that oil-chemical dispersants are hazardous to human health, the environment and wildlife — and have been associated with cancer, birth defects, and death.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s oil-spill response plan is 26 years old, and it allows “unlimited” use of toxic chemical dispersants during an oil spill.

Military aircraft drops an oil-dispersing chemical into the Gulf of Mexico May 5, 2010, as part of the Deepwater Horizon Response effort. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Adrian Cadiz)


What you don’t know about oil spill response can kill you.

ALERT and allies have filed a lawsuit to force the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to finalize the rules governing the use of toxic dispersants in oil spill response.

ALERT is also working with municipalities and Tribes on immediate actions to protect workers and families from toxic exposures during oil-chemical disasters.

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No matter where you live, you are at risk of being exposed to toxic oil-chemicals during the next disaster. Oil tankers, oil pipelines, frack gas bomb trains, refineries, oil drilling or mining sites – it’s all risky business, governed by outdated emergency response policy. The next big oil-chemical disaster could be in your backyard.

We are survivors of oil spill disasters.

We are people who live in frontline communities adjacent to polluting oil and gas industry activities.

We are people who know first-hand about toxic oil-chemical exposures and harm to our lives and livelihoods. Some of us are first responders, scientists, lawyers or medical doctors.
All of us are concerned citizens.
We are dedicated to bringing accessible science and legal tools to those who need it the most – communities on the frontline of oil and gas activities.

We are building a campaign to better prepare and protect citizens, communities and Tribes for the next oil spill.

We want to build local capacity and involve local governments and local citizens in protecting their own communities, lives and livelihoods.
Together, we can reach our goal of $20,000.
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Background photo of the 2010 BP oil spill by Julie Dermansky.

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Every Tuesday at 10 a.m. PST on our Youtube page we will feature Live Interviews with Riki and Gulf Voices – response workers, mothers with children, fishermen, scientists, and others – people who believe their ongoing long-term illnesses were likely caused by oil-chemical exposures from the 2010 BP disaster.

Our goal is to amplify the story that the human illnesses following the BP disaster response are real, ongoing, and need to be addressed by people and our government.

It's time for action!

It’s time to stop drilling until oil companies can clean up their oil spills without poisoning people, oceans and coastlines.

It’s time to update the National Contingency Plan to meet 21st century science.

It's time to change policy from the ground up, and we need you to make it happen in 2020. Are you with us?

We are dedicated to protecting workers and the public from oil-chemical pollutants and reducing toxic exposures.

We provide knowledge and skills to help you and your community understand the science and law to take informed action to reduce oil-chemical pollutants and exposures in your home and community.

Then, we collaborate with communities to advocate state and national laws to protect the health of our workers and families from oil-chemical pollutants and exposures, whether from daily activities or industrial disasters.

Together, we co-create a healthy energy future, based on the best available science and evidence-based action.

ALERT in the news.

Activists Sue Trump Administration to Update Rules for Oil Spill Dispersants

January 30, 2020

If the Trump administration succeeds in opening new areas of the Arctic and the Gulf of Mexico to oil drilling, one thing is almost certain: There will be oil spills.

EPA Is Getting Sued Over the Toxic Chemicals Used To Clean Up Oil Spills

January 30, 2020

Ten years ago, BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, spilling 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico. It was the worst oil spill in history.

Thirty years after Exxon Valdez, the response to oil spills is still all wrong

March 26, 2019

Chemical dispersants used to clean up spills have harmed marine wildlife, response workers and coastal residents. The EPA must act!

Dispersants that EPA allows to help clean up oil spills sickens people and fish

March 26, 2019

People exposed to the oil and chemical dispersants suffer coughing, wheezing and rashes, lawsuit says.

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March 31st, Tuesday Live Stream: BP Oil Spill Survivors Tell Their Stories

March 27, 2020

Episode 1, March 31   Dr. Riki Ott will join first responders — Louisiana residents who were part of the initial response to the 2010 BP oil disaster and who are now suffering from life-threatening illnesses — to demonstrate that current practices in the  U.S oil-spill response plan are unsafe…

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WATCH: Press Conference: Connecting the Dots Between Long-Term Illness and the BP Oil Spill

March 26, 2020

In anticipation of the anniversary date of the 2010 BP oil spill, Marine Toxicoligist and environmental activist riki ott held a press conference on March 25, 2020, to break down the scientific evidence linking oil dispersants (used on oil spills) to long-term illness in communities surrounding oil disasters.

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WATCH: The Cost Of Silence’ Explores the Cover-Up of an Oil Spill Health Crisis | One Small Step | NowThis

March 25, 2020
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