ELAW's take on the Catastrophe in the Gulf

May 11, 2010

Dear friends,

2006 oil spill, Guimaras Island, PhilippinesThe oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a profound tragedy and offers an opportunity to start taking better care of marine ecosystems.

In today's Register-Guard, ELAW Staff Scientist Mark Chernaik writes:

"As this catastrophe unfolds, it is important to ask: Could we have anticipated this?  Could we have taken more effective steps to prevent it?  What lessons can we learn?"

You can read the whole essay here:

Oil spill: Regulators and citizens missed their chance

The above photo shows the coast of Guimaras Island, Philippines, after a tragic 2006 oil spill.  ELAW is working to ensure that marine areas in the Philippines, Tobago, Belize, Guatemala, and around the world are protected from polluting oil projects.  We believe that rigorous environmental analysis before projects are approved, with input from citizens, holds the promise of preventing more disasters like the BP tragedy.

Sincerely,

Maggie Keenan
Communications Director
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

P.S.  ELAW is working with partners around the world to help prevent further disasters like this one.  Learn more about our work by visiting our blog: ELAW Spotlight, Facebook page, or following us on Twitter.