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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How long did the North Dakota oil spill remain undetected?

Blog by Joe Smyth | October 15, 2013

20,600 barrels of crude oil spilled from a six inch pipeline owned and operated by Tesoro Logistics, according to the company, spreading over 7 acres of a North Dakota wheat field until a farmer discovered it on September 29. But … Continue...

Three years after BP’s Gulf oil spill, there is still more to know

Blog by Claudette Juska | April 19, 2013

Tomorrow marks the third anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. And while I wish it was a distant memory, I’ve been thinking about it all too much lately. The recent Exxon tar sands pipeline spill … Continue reading →

Rena 'ghost birds' appear in Auckland

Blog by Steve Abel | December 12, 2011 1 comment

This morning 150 original ‘oil prints’ made with a little blue penguin killed by the Rena disaster appeared along Auckland’s Khyber Pass Road. The prints are accompanied by the message ‘Rena did this. Deep sea oil drilling could be...

President Obama Risks the Arctic and His Voter Base

Blog by Phil Radford | December 6, 2011

Earlier today, President Obama's staff held a hearing on their proposed 5 year oil leasing plan. A plan that would  open up drilling in the Arctic. I was there with Cindy Shogan of Alaska Wilderness League , rallying people to urge...

Greenpeace photographer Daniel Beltra wins Wildlife Photographer of the Year award

Blog by John Novis | October 21, 2011 3 comments

Today, I have the honour of congratulating Greenpeace photographer Daniel Beltra on becoming the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year . Daniel made his winning picture for Greenpeace, of oil-soaked brown pelicans...

Californians Know Oil and Water Doesn’t Mix

Blog by Jackie Dragon | October 14, 2011

Californians Know Oil and Water Doesn’t Mix California is largely defined by its dramatic coastline and the biologically rich waters that invite large numbers of whales, sea lions and surfers alike. But California’s...

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