Poisoned in the Gulf

 2011  Sue Sturgis – In a five part series published by Facing South, Sturgis reports that one year after the BP oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, a growing number of cleanup workers and coastal residents are reporting debilitating health problems associated with exposure to toxic chemicals in crude oil and dispersants. Faced with inaction from the federal government, victims are organizing a grassroots movement to demand action. The investigation also examined the broader problem of the energy industry’s impact on community health in the Gulf and the political power wielded by oil companies and other industry interests to thwart regulatory reform.