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Triennial International Oil Spill Conference: The Worldwide Oil Industry Response to the BP Oil Spill

Last April Mike Rosen, organizer of the PDX 2 Gulf Coast project, attended the 21st Triennial International Oil Spill Conference 2011 in Portland Oregon.  Here is what he observed. Anyone who is still skeptical that the 200 million gallons of oil carelessly released into the Gulf of Mexico during spring/summer of 2010 has magically disappeared and left one of the world’s most productive fisheries unscathed, would have wanted to attend ...

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The Top 10 Articles You Didn’t See: November 2011

The Gulf Coast may not be gracing the headlines, but there’s plenty of things happening in the area that continues to feel the severe ramifications of last year’s spill. This month we’re highlighting some of the news articles that didn’t make headlines, keeping you up to date on what’s taking place in the Gulf and bringing awareness to the plethora of issues still at hand ...

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A New Way to Track the Presence of Toxic Oil Contaminants in Sensitive Ecosystems

Research by Leslie Slasor at Oregon Health Sciences University Hydrocarbon pollution has been, and will continue to be, a problem in marine environments.   Extraction, transportation and consumption of petroleum products are the main forms of hydrocarbon pollution.  The recent tragedy of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill emphasized a need for better, more precise instrumentation designed to track crude oil plumes in the water column (from surface to ...

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“Oil and Water” Arrives This Month!

Oil and Water is finally here and is available for purchase on line now and in bookstores by Thanksgiving! This graphic novel by author and Oregonian columnist Steve Duin and artist Shannon Wheeler is a partly fictionalized account of the PDX 2 Gulf Coast trip. Duin describes the graphic novel as a "hybrid" which introduces readers to real people in the gulf with quotes straight from his notebooks. ...

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PDX 2 Gulf Coast Documentary and Curriculum Use

Through the hard work of the Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) and generous grants from the Juan Young Trust and the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District both our documentary, “Beyond the Spill” and our curriculum, “Just Below Surface:  Perspectives on the Gulf Coast Oil Spill” have been distributed to over 20 Portland area high schools and 1 in Clark and Benton counties.  ...

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