Post-Katrina New Orleans Myths & Off-Shore Drilling

03 Environmental Degradation, 05 Energy, Geospatial, Graphics
Planned and deployed drill sites and oil spill coverage
Drill rig

The Katrina Myth;
the Truth about a thoroughly unnatural disaster


Center for Public Integrity project on recent oil spill (May 11)

The Center for Public Integrity partnered with ABC News to reveal the serious lack of government and industry preparedness for the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Exclusively-obtained government reports about a series of spill exercises — one as recently as March 25 — warned of a lack of tools to contain a spewing oil well in deep water and of bureaucratic confusion in declaring a “Spill of National Significance” that activates a full federal response. The Center's report was part of ABC's Nightline program on Tuesday, and was prominently featured on The Blotter, a blog written by ABC News' chief investigative reporter, Brian Ross.

As part of the oil spill drill story, the Center experimented with an online library on our website to share investigative materials with readers. We posted the U.S. Coast Guard's after-action reports on past oil spill training exercises using DocumentCloud — an index of primary source documents and a tool for annotating, organizing and publishing them on the web.

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