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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Captain's Blog: Blind Faith

Blog by Pete Willcox | September 20, 2010

Venus is chasing the moon down into the water.  The Milky Way is glowing softly overhead. The Big Dipper is low in the northern sky.  If we were not surrounded by all these things lit up like oilrigs, I could start to relax. The...

Arctic Sunrise Reflections

Blog by Phil Kline | September 16, 2010 5 comments

My time on board the Arctic Sunrise is almost up, so I wanted to share a few final thoughts about my time on board. I am an oceans campaigner, but this was my first time working on board one of our ships; it has been such a great and...

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...

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