TruthOut: Four Years After BP: Hunting for Oil Spills in Louisiana

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Four Years After BP: Hunting for Oil Spills in Louisiana.

It’s been nearly four years since oil from BP’s massive Deepwater Horizon disaster began gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. Cleanup and restoration efforts are still ongoing, but the oily legacy of the BP spill is not the only challenge facing southern Louisiana.

The Gulf Restoration Network, along with the Sierra Club and other groups, are busy filing a lawsuit alleging that United Bulk, which operates the coal terminal, has allowed hazardous coal and petroleum coke runoff to contaminate the Mississippi River every day since it began operating five years ago. The company claims it has spent $40 million of a planned $80 million upgrading environmental protections at the facility since state regulators slapped the firm with a compliance order last year, but every photo that Henderson takes tells a different story.

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