Event: Beyond Economic and Human Extraction: Deepwater Horizon 3 Yrs. Later

Deepwater Horizon fire

Deepwater Horizon fire

Get “the other side” of the story on BP and the Gulf Coast communities. Everything is NOT fine.

The date is TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10. Time: 7:00 p.m. Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church, 145 Engler Blvd. in Chaska, MN. The Topic: Beyond Environmental and Human Extraction: Deepwater Horizon Three Years Later.

Here’s why this is worth your time (a quote from the MinnPost commentary):

“They call the oil rigs “rigs” for a reason. The whole thing is rigged.

“If we see a stranger on what used to be Isle de Jean Charles; if we see canals still crisscrossing through the marsh; if we’ve seen the fires of Deepwater Horizon light up the Gulf of Mexico and slick the waters and estuaries with black gold; if we’ve seen the evidence of breaking-and-entering in the house of the Gulf Coast waters, if we see empty oyster shells where once there were oysters; if we’ve heard about the oil companies hiding without anyone playing seek, we can ignore the game or we can seek and find for the sake of survival.”

Yesterday’s New York Times published Gulf Spill Sampling Questioned. Click THIS LINK to read the story. Researchers found a higher level of contamination than federal agencies did in water, sediment and seafood samples taken in 2010 after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

Our speakers for this Dialogues event, Kris Peterson and Richard Krajeski, are there in the field. They split their time as researchers and disaster recovery professionals with the University of New Orleans’ Center for Hazards Assessment, Response, and Technology (CHART) and serving as pastors to the Bayou Blue Presbyterian Church of Gray, Louisiana. Kris and Dick work most closely with the subsistence communities of the Louisiana Delta, including the Isle de Jean Charles Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, whose traditional homeland is disappearing.

Hope to see you there.

1 thought on “Event: Beyond Economic and Human Extraction: Deepwater Horizon 3 Yrs. Later

  1. Everyday is Earth Day, everyday is Ocean Day.With every dallor you spend, every action you make, if you keep in mind: No planet, no people. No clean water, no people. it might behoove us.April 22 is Exploitative Commercialism Day. This year’s event at Times Square was the most dismal travesty. The official tshirts were wrapped individually in plastic bags. The tshirts were then put onto molded thin cheap plastic body forms and hung them up for display. Despite claims the tshirts were made of recycled plastic bottles, the tag read 100% cotton. Fashion idiots ran around with their sponors’ name 2010 on vinyl banners that will expand some landfill.Thankfully, some sanity was to be found in the company of the EDF Environmental Defense Fund), Riverkeeper, Tranportation Alternatives sorry if i missed anyone else, i did look. I helped at one table, and asked visitors out of curiousity if they knew of the Garbage Patch. No one, carrying their plastic water bottles, knew of it. No. What’s for free here? Only one man the whole morning did. He seemed like a homeless guy, shuffling along with dusty garbage bags, looking dishevelled. Oh yes! It’s awful! once you see one photo, you never forget! you should really have some of those photos up! There. I did miss something. More sanity in him. Bless him.

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