Gulf Ship Tour

Gulf Ship Tour, what we learned:

We embarked on a three-month expedition to support independent research into the impacts of the Gulf oil disaster. Join us as we present highlights from the tour, take your questions and let you know what we're doing next.

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We traveled throughout the Gulf, bringing independent research scientists on board to examine various aspects of oil spill impacts. Whether by ship, helicopter or even by submarine, see where we went and what we saw by selecting layers to view on the map below. View our ship's route, blogs, images, videos and tweets by selecting the checkmark next to the layer name. Then click on the icon to view content or on the ship route's path to learn more about that leg of the tour.

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Department of Interior Secretary Salazar can stop BP’s next drilling disaster before...

Blog by Mel_Duchin | September 14, 2010 4 comments

BP’s latest reckless gamble with the health of our planet in its pursuit of profits is known as the Liberty project, so named for the Liberty reservoir, an oilfield under the Beaufort Sea in Alaska’s Arctic. But in a way that’s a bit...

Whale Ho!

Blog by Phil Kline | September 13, 2010 4 comments

After a depressing day last week on Mississippi’s Horn Island, where we saw all the tar balls that still need to be cleaned up , the Arctic Sunrise headed into Gulf Port to load up acoustic scientific gear and team of scientists for...

Tarballs on Horn Island

Blog by Phil Kline | September 8, 2010 6 comments

It has been months since the initial oil washed up on the shore.  BP and the government would like us to believe that the problem is gone, the oil dispersed or evaporated, and the beaches clean.  Oil beneath the surface of the ocean is...

In the wake of the BP oil spill disaster, news of another oil rig explosion

Blog by mdorozen | September 2, 2010 8 comments

This morning, as we were preparing the ship for the next leg of our journey, we got the news that another oil rig, the Vermillion 380, has exploded in the Gulf of Mexico , risking the lives of at least 13 workers who were rescued from...

Taking Action to Go Beyond Oil in the Arctic

Feature story | September 2, 2010 at 8:21

After over 40 hours hanging below the Stena Don oil rig, forcing the operators Cairn Energy to halt drilling operations, harsh arctic weather conditions forced four Greenpeace climbers to end their occupation by climbing up onto the gantry of the...

Captain's blog - take it or leave it

Blog by Pete Willcox | August 28, 2010 2 comments

We have just finished our third plankton tow.  In some ways it was the most difficult.  The winds were gusting to 30 knot from our stern, making it hard to stay on course at slow speeds.  The sky was completely overcast, and there were...

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