“Women who lived near oil and gas wells in California during pregnancy were more likely to deliver underweight babies, according to a first-of-its-kind study from the University of California, Berkeley. Analyzing nearly 3 million birth certificates in the state, researchers found that newborns in rural areas between 2006 and 2015 were 40% more likely to…

Read More

According to Inside EPA, “A federal court in California has agreed with environmentalists that EPA has a nondiscretionary duty under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to update its rules governing oil spills in order to better regulate dispersants, relying in part on a landmark appellate decision that found EPA had unduly delayed updating its lead…

Read More

June 2, 2020. U.S. Magistrate Judge William Orrick ruled that the Clean Water Act requires the EPA to keep the nation’s oil spill response plans current and effective. New research has linked chemical dispersants, heavily used during the 2010 BP spill response, with long-term illnesses in humans and wildlife. The EPA has failed to consider…

Read More

In episode four, Dr. Ott hosts guests Lynda Zambrano and Rick Steiner, who discuss civic actions we can take right now to change unsafe, outdated oil spill policies and to build local capacity within communities to minimize harm during oil disasters. Lynda Zambrano of the Tulalip Nation, organized the first Tribal Emergency Response Council on…

Read More

This report summarizes the ongoing issues of 18 witnesses who are still suffering the effects of the BP disaster. “On balance, the public health impacts identified in this third investigation continue to confirm an unacceptable conclusion: Corexit has caused the most gut-wrenching, sustained public health tragedies of any issue Government Accountability Project has investigated in…

Read More