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Gulf Coast

Response to Hurricane Disasters

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita caused one of the most devastating tragedies in U.S. history, damaging thousands of communities and lives among the Gulf Coast region. Although years have passed since this tragedy, the effects of the disaster are still felt today.

BP Oil Spill on the Gulf Coast

With the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig off the coast of Louisiana on April 20, 2010, the BP oil spill has become one of the most devastating oil spills that have occurred in the United States. Thousands of families along the Gulf Coast relying on natural resources for income and employment have been immensely affected by the oil spill.  With 47% of the Louisiana population living on the coast and anywhere from 12,000 to 19,000 barrels of oil spilling into the gulf each day, major industries such as fishing, agriculture, and tourism have declined dramatically.

Blog: Oil Dependency Wake-Up Call

Jun 17, 2010 | By Maureen Book, NETWORK Intern

The recent oil spill in the Gulf Coast has sent shockwaves throughout the nation, serving as a wake-up call to many Americans about our dependence on oil and the pressing need for comprehensive environmental policies. Read more

Gulf Coast

NETWORK looks with particular concern on areas of our nation that have been devastated by recent ecological disasters – both natural and human-created.

In recent years, the Gulf Coast has been deeply affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the more recent Deepwater Horizon oil spill, perhaps the worst in our nation’s history.

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