Louisiana Bucket Brigade honored for oil spill response work
The Louisiana Bucket Brigade was honored recently for its oil spill response work by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (see the certificate at right). In the days after the BP Oil spill in April 2010, LABB launched the online Oil Spill Crisis Map for residents to document oil sightings, injured wildlife and health effects. The Crisis Map has since garnered more than 4,000 reports.
We also trained residents in Grand Isle and Pointe-Aux-Chenes to gather seafood samples to test for oil contamination. From July to October 2010, we partnered with Patagonia clothing company to gather nearly 1,000 in-person reports from coastal Louisiana residents about their health problems from possible chemical exposure and the economic impact the oil spill had on their families.
The proof from those surveys is that coastal residents have little access to health care professionals who can treat for chemical exposure, and we continue to push state and federal agencies to establish health care programs in these under-served areas.
We also continue to see reports from residents on the Crisis Map of onshore and offshore accidents and we have begun an initiative to route reports from the National Response Center (the federal point of contact for all oil and chemical spills) to the Crisis Map so communities have real-time info on the frequency and locations of oil industry accidents in the state and coastal waters.