Six months later: Gulf communities call for congressional action on BP disaster

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NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Louisiana Bucket Brigade is joining several organizations today for a rally marking the six-month anniversary of the worst oil spill and environmental disaster in U.S. history. Regardless of official statements claiming most of the oil is gone and the seafood is safe, Gulf Coast communities do not feel the same.

“The impacts of this oil spill are just beginning and will be felt for years to come,” said LABB Founding Director Anne Rolfes. “It is not realistic for BP and the government to say there's no more oil when their strategy was to disperse it and send it sub-sea. They are not finding oil because they are not looking for it in the water column or far beneath the sea.”

The rally will bring together local fishermen, shrimpers and community and environmental leaders whose lives have been impacted by the disaster. The Gulf communities are calling on Congress to take action.

The event is set for 12:15 p.m. today (Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010) in front of the Federal Building at the corner of Poydras and Camp streets in New Orleans.

For more information, please contact Darryl Malek-Wiley of the Sierra Club at 504-427-1885, Rachel Guillory of Oceana at 225-302-3566, or Dan Favre of the Gulf Restoration Network at 401-965-7908.

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The Louisiana Bucket Brigade is an environmental health and justice organization supporting neighborhoods’ use of grassroots action to create informed, sustainable communities free from industrial pollution.

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