Yes, welcome to everyone who has recently subscribed. We are delighted to have you with us on the journey. We know that ‘out of sight…out of mind” is the mantra of multinational oil interests as they proceed to drill and explore for oil off every coast in the world, but it’s our intention to keep hauling the ‘invisible’ into public consciousness. And it’s not as if the story will ever go away…
In February, a group from the Florida State Department of Environmental Protection discovered an 81-square-foot tar mat cruising the shallows off Pensacola beach. That’s 1,250 pounds of oily garbage that slithered across almost 200 miles of seabed, damaging environments and amassing sand and marine fragments. Tests determined that this mat was the condesate of the oil that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
We’ve been taking OFFSHORE to various events including the fabulous I-Docs Conference in Bristol England and SXSW in Austin (where it was nominated for an award in the green activism category). We didn’t win that one, but we are also nominated for awards in the Green and Activism categories for the Webbies, and you have one day to vote for us in the People’s award: http://www.webbyawards.com. In June, we will be showing OFFSHORE at the Sheffield Documentary Festival.
We are hard at work editing stories from Alaska, Ghana and Brazil and hope to have our Alaska chapter launched in early July. Please stay tuned for notices.