Happy World Wetlands Day! Check out SoLa: Louisiana Water Stories from our film archives for a story that gives voice and humanity to the man-made messes created by coastal oil spills like BP. Have you heard about the ongoing Taylor Oil Spill? It's been leaking 10,000 to 30,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf. Every day. For 14 years.
In SoLa: Louisiana Water Stories, we meet some of the most unique individuals working on water resource issues, giving voice and humanity to these man-made messes. The film captures what is most at risk environmentally as we continue to take the Gulf coast for granted, while simultaneously reminding us of the culture that binds the region. If these voices are not heard, too soon what remains will disappear, drowned by pollution, erosion, storms, and man's neglect.
When Jon Bowermaster arrived in Louisiana in July 2008 to make a film about the relationship between man and water, he could never have predicted his reportage would end with the planet’s biggest ecologic disaster – the BP oil spill polluting the Gulf of Mexico.
(Jon Bowermaster, USA, 2010, 60 min.)
What you need to know about the Taylor Oil Spill
"A 14-year-long oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico verges on becoming one of the worst in U.S. history" ~ Washington Post
Located just 12 short miles off Louisiana’s coast, the Taylor Energy spill has been leaking roughly 10,000 to 30,000 gallons of oil everyday for 14 years. It’s spilled as much as 153 million gallons of oil to date.
This disaster - caused by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 - will soon become the worst off-shore oil spill in American history, during a time when the Trump administration is planning to expand off-shore oil leases along hurricane prone coasts. Taylor Energy isn't claiming responsibility for the spill, but for the protection of our wetlands, our waters, and our world, companies like Taylor must be held accountable.
Demand that Taylor Energy plug this 14 year oil spill!