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Update on oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

Below are links to recent materials (as of 9 June 2010) related to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico following the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in April 2010.  For more information, please see our sections for the companies involved: Anadarko, BP, Cameron International, Halliburton, Transocean.

Human rights impact of the Gulf Oil spill”, Amnesty International USA, 24 May 2010
We are deeply concerned about the impacts of the recent Gulf of Mexico oil spill on the human rights of affected people in the region

Gulf oil spill threatens tribe's livelihood in Louisiana”, Joseph Goodman, Miami Herald, 1 Jun 2010
The oil, which is a short boat ride away, has the potential to destroy the village and cultural identity of the United Houma Nation.

Oil spill threatens Native American land”, Patrick Oppmann, CNN, 1 Jun 2010
The marshes here [in Pointe Aux Chenes] have long been a refuge for the Native Americans living in Louisiana's bayou...That refuge, already strained from coastal erosion, is facing a new menace: the oil spill spreading uncontrollably across the Gulf of Mexico.

Disaster in the Amazon”, Bob Herbert, New York Times, 4 Jun 2010
BP’s calamitous behavior in the Gulf of Mexico is the big oil story of the moment. But for many years, indigenous people from...the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador have been trying to get relief from...Texaco (which later merged with Chevron), for what has been described as the largest oil-related environmental catastrophe ever.

Nigeria's agony dwarfs the Gulf oil spill. The US and Europe ignore it”, John Vidal, Observer (UK), 30 May 2010
More oil is spilled from the delta…every year than has been lost in the Gulf of Mexico…The Niger delta…is the world capital of oil pollution.