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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 [...]

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[1] 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 [...]

“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 [...]

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 [...]

One Year Later: Anniversary Reflections on the Gulf


Today marks the one-year anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. We asked some of the PDX 2 Gulf Coast participants what they were thinking, feeling and doing. Anna Berardi, Founding Director of the Trauma Response Institute at George Fox University – Portland: One year out from the Gulf disaster, the [...]

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