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News Release | Environment America

One Year After the BP Gulf Oil Spill, Not Much Has Changed: Oil Is Still Washing Up, Congress Is Sitting on Its Hands, Oil Industry Profits Are Gushing

One year ago, on April 20th around 9:30 PM BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in flames, claiming the lives of eleven men and starting the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Before the well was capped 87 days later on July 15th, more than 200 million gallons of oil had been spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. More than 1,000 miles of the coastline were oiled, thousands of birds and sea turtles were dead or dying, tourism and fishing along the Gulf coast trickled to a standstill, and billions of dollars of damage to our natural resources and economy was done. For three months Americans watched helplessly as the oil gushed out. Despite the efforts of tens of thousands of workers and billions of dollars spent on stopping the well and cleaning up, less than 15 percent of the spilled oil was ever cleaned up.

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Groups call on Governor Walker to protect Wisconsin’s lakes

On Tuesday, area fishermen, farmers and environmentalists held a press conference at Lake Waubesa, to call on Governor Walker and his administration to move ahead with protections for Wisconsin’s waterways.

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Hastings to Drillers: ‘Forget the Gulf Oil Spill; Full Speed Ahead’

The House Natural Resources Committee will mark up three bills this morning introduced by Representative Doc Hastings (R, WA). H.R.1229, H.R.1230, and H.R.1231 would require the Department of Interior to lease vast areas of the Outer Continental Shelf where there is no drilling today, speed up the permit approval process, and hand the oil industry more taxpayer subsidies --subsidies for performing seismic testing that the companies have to pay for themselves today.

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Arizona State Budget Cuts Will Likely Force State Park Closures

As Gov. Jan Brewer signed off on the final budget late Wednesday, state parks throughout Arizona will likely face more closures in the coming months.

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Petition Defending the Clean Air Act Signed by Hundreds of Thousands of Americans Delivered Electronically to the White House

265,914 Americans concerned about the public health impacts of the assaults on the Clean Air Act in Congress have signed a petition to President Barack Obama thanking him for his continued public statements opposing anti-environmental provisions and asking him to continue to stand up to the big polluters and special interests and veto any legislation that includes riders or other language that would roll back clean air protections.

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