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Is oil still leaking from BP's Gulf disaster site?

August 22, 2011 - There is growing concern on the Gulf Coast that oil is rising again from BP's Macondo well, site of last year's catastrophic Deepwater Horizon spill, with reports of oil sightings in the area confirmed last week during aerial surveillance by a team from Louisiana's Gulf Restoration Network.

Investigative Series: Poisoned in the Gulf

May 16, 2011 - APRIL 2011 | One year after the worst oil disaster in U.S. history, a health crisis is emerging among cleanup workers and Gulf Coast residents exposed to spill-related pollution. In a week-long series, Facing South looked at the BP disaster's health impact and regulatory failings that exacerbated the problem.

Let's get the Gulf Coast on the campaign agenda

January 4, 2008 - The Gulf Coast is still reeling from the biggest natural disaster in U.S. history. FEMA trailers, boarded-up schools and devastated neighborhoods can be seen for miles. Jeffrey Buchanan of the RFK Memorial, who collaborated with the Institute on our latest report on the Katrina recovery, sizes up the lack of focus on this lingering problem, and what we can do about it. - Chris