One year ago today: anniversary coverage of the BP spill

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Amid news coverage of the one-year anniversary of the Gulf spill, Democracy Now! devoted its entire program today (besides headlines) to various aspects of the aftermath that are still ongoing. Segments include an interview with an ecologist on continuing environmental damage; the continued effects on Gulf communities — including the emergence of health problems and related deaths; the renewed awarding of deepwater drilling permits by the US government; and an interview with the father of one of the workers who was killed when the platform blew up. The video above is the entire show (click the lower right corner to watch the full-screen version); individual segments may be read or watched here on the DM! homepage.

Elsewhere on the web, highlighted vigils held for the oil rig workers who were killed, noting that some of the families went on a flyover of the rig site sponsored by Transocean, which did not allow media to come along. The article notes that, “all is not bleak. Beaches, restaurants and hotels are filling up again, and experts say the resilient Gulf is on the mend,” and quotes Barak Obama as saying, “We continue to hold BP and other responsible parties fully accountable for the damage they’ve done and the painful losses that they’ve caused.” But if you read Planet Waves on Monday or take a look at some of the alt-media coverage, it is clear the tourists filling those hotels are visiting an area that is still struggling. And Obama’s claim sounds a bit hollow given the excruciatingly slow — and for some, perhaps hopeless — reparation process, never mind his decision to resume awarding deepwater drilling permits.

As Rabbi Edward Cohn of the Temple Sinai in New Orleans said at a candle-lit vigil just after sunrise, “Our souls are slumbering in moral indifference. People quite rightly are asking: How and when, and by whose insistence and stubborn support, will the public’s mind be refocused upon what happened in the Gulf?”

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