February 26, 2020         
Washington Prime Group Announces HomeGoods to Open at Mesa Mall   •   United States Supreme Court Rules Against 15-Year-Old Mexican National Killed By Border Patrol Agent   •   Greenberg Traurig Represents Iraqi Refugee in Successful Pro Bono Case   •   K.L. Keltre's newly released "I Was There...: when baby Jesus was born" is an enthralling account that shows readers the series   •   Columbus Crew SC Announces Founding Partnership With OhioHealth and Naming Rights for Future Training Facility   •   FIBRA Prologis Declares Quarterly Distribution   •   Author Sam Van Galder's new book "Ethan's Animal Alphabet" is a vividly illustrated book featuring a menagerie of colorful anima   •   Mattel Announces Ruth Handler Mentorship Program for Women in Toys Timed to Company’s 75th Anniversary   •   Corporate Social Responsibility Related News Releases and Story Ideas for Reporters, Bloggers and Media Outlets   •   Guard your state-of-the-art Samsung Galaxy S20 phone with Gadget Guard Black Ice Flex screen protector   •   Greenberg Traurig's Christopher A. Mair Named to The National Black Lawyers 'Top 40 Under 40' in Illinois   •   “The 51st NAACP Image Awards” Illuminated the Airwaves With Black Excellence and Lit Up the Ratings With 1.8 Million   •   Baby Making After Valentine’s Day Means a Turkey Time Baby: Preparing for a Summer Bump & Thanksgiving Wobble   •   Small Business Trends Report Rebased by Guidant Financial Finds Number of Profitable Black-Owned Small Businesses Rises 5% Year   •   Persecution of the Local Church: Long Beach, California   •   ARC Makes Strong Debut on HRC’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index   •   TherapeuticsMD and Afaxys Enter Into Agreement to Expand Access to ANNOVERA® in the U.S. Public Health Sector   •   Discover Recognized as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality For Seventh Consecutive Year   •   BBVA USA January Recap: Workplace equality, industry recognitions, and renewed sponsorship   •   Michelle Lynn VanMeter's newly released "The Old Rag Doll" is a heartwarming tale of a rag doll who brings joy to children
Bookmark and Share

National Urban League Speaks Out On Gulf Coast Oil Spill

 

New Orleans - Five years after Hurricane Katrina's swift but devastating assault on the Gulf Coast and my hometown of New Orleans, a slow moving but massive oil spill in the Gulf could have an even more devastating impact on the region's shoreline, wildlife, economy and people.   While the BP oil company has accepted full responsibility and moved quickly to coordinate containment and clean up of the spill, the company's efforts thus far have not resulted in capping the flow of more than 200,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf each day.  With the spill spreading, fear mounting and the region's multi-billion dollar fishing industry shutting down, the Obama Administration has mobilized all appropriate government resources to assist BP in tackling what may well be an unprecedented environmental disaster.

Last week, the President and members of his response team, including Coast Guard Commandant, Thad Allen; Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano; Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar and EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson toured the region and pledged to spare no effort to fix the problem.

Lisa Jackson, the nation's first African American EPA Administrator, grew up in New Orleans.  While in the region, she met with members of the local shrimping and fishing industries to assess the spill's potential economic impact.  During meetings in Saint Barnard Parish and at a church in New Orleans's Ninth Ward she made it clear that BP must train and hire local fishermen and boaters to help with the clean-up. Nobody knows the marshes and waterways better than the local fishermen, many of whom are out of work as the region's huge seafood industry grinds to a halt.

Administrator Jackson has also deployed a specially designed aircraft to assist in the collection of air samples and to provide photo documentation of the spill's environmental impact.  She has directed EPA personnel on the ground to support the Coast Guard's efforts.  All told, the Obama Administration has committed 10,000 personnel, more than 270 vessels and dozens of aircraft to assist in containment and clean-up efforts.

New Orleans is a city on the mend.  A dynamic new Mayor, Mitch Landrieu, has just taken office.  The New Orleans Saints are Super Bowl champions.  And the city continues to rebuild and rebound in the aftermath of Katrina.  Now an oil spill the size of Rhode Island threatens to make landfall.  One wonders how much the people of the region can take.  The oil recovery effort is a complex operation that must be led by BP and the federal government.  But, once again, the spirit of community, self-help, and empowerment that makes New Orleans and the Gulf Coast so great is making its presence known.  Citizens are stepping up to do their share - as volunteers, as workers, and as protectors of the environment.

We join all Americans in continuing to pray that a disaster can be averted.  And we applaud the Obama Administration and leaders like EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson, for doing all they can to protect the region's environment, jobs and people.


###

19TBE 5/12/10 â–ª 120 Wall Street â–ª New York, NY 10005 â–ª (212) 558-5300 â–ª WWW.NUL.ORG

To Be Equal#19


 

Marc H. Morial  
President and CEO
National Urban League



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News