It’s been nearly one year since the April 20, 2010, blowout of the Deepwater-Horizon that sent millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. As the anniversary approaches, news networks are preparing their “one year later” reports, and other interest groups are planning to mark the occasion in various ways.
ABC News is soliciting its viewers, asking them to submit questions they would like answered in the network’s coverage on World News with Diane Sawyer. Those interested can submit questions or comments here.
Georgia Public Broadcasting is reaching out to teachers and students to participate in a webinar on April 19, hosted by biologist, environmentalist, author and Emmy winner Jeff Corwin. The webinar will take an in-depth look at the impact of the oil spill, examining the ecological effects of the spill on life in the surrounding ecosystem and beyond. You can register for the webinar at gpb.org.
The Surfrider Foundation plans to mark the anniversary of the spill with a press conference and paddle out event at St. Pete Beach, Fla., on April 17. Surfrider Foundation activists and and coastal enthusiasts are pressing for a Constitutional Amendment to ban nearshore drilling in Florida.
The Business Civic Leadership Center of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Prudential have partnered with the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission to support the Gulf Coast Alliance, a coalition comprised of chambers and other business support organizations committed to changing the game in the Gulf. The group has been meeting by phone for the past year to share successes, issues, problems, and to implement solutions. The Alliance has also been working to market the Gulf Coast as a single entity (the Gulf Coast Brand), to leverage the different communities strengths for the success of all.
The Alliance is meeting together, in person, this week to discuss the shared economic future of the Gulf Coast, one year after the spill.
Meanwhile, climbing prices and a limited supply of fresh seafood from the Gulf continue to slow the recovery. Seafood marketers say that a year after the spill, customers are still questioning the seafood’s safety, but not as much.
While shipments from the Gulf are more plentiful, higher prices still linger. Many suppliers are still turning to other sources of fresh seafood, such as Alaska and Hawaii. Some items, such as oysters, are still hard to come by.
One year after the oil spill, many say this coming year will tell a lot about the future of seafood in the Gulf region.