Local CBS affiliate WWL TV of New Orleans uncovered an attempt by the Presidential Commission on the oil spill to "chill" independent research which is finding extremely dangerous levels of toxic material in gulf waters and seafood, including shrimp and oysters. These researchers are presenting their findings today in New Orleans at the Loyola University Symposium on the status of the oil catastrophe, and their findings contradict the government's official announcement that there is no contamination. Congressman Anh Cao who sits on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has called for an investigation into the matter.
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law presents “The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill—A Billion Pound Dossier,” a legal and environmental examination of the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The symposium will be held on Friday, Sept. 17, from 1:15 – 5:30 p.m., in Loyola’s College of Law, 526 Pine Street, Room 405. It is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
Panelists include Stuart H. Smith, J.D. ’86, a longtime Loyola supporter and environmental advocate (Smith Stag, L.L.C.), Joel Waltzer (Waltzer & Wiygul) and Mitch Crusto, an expert on disaster and environmental management (College of Law, Loyola University New Orleans).
Public health, as well as coastal ecosystems, marine life, plant and wildlife will be the focus of the second panel (approximately 3 pm). Particular emphasis will be placed on documenting environmental contamination and natural resources damages. Panelists include William R. Sawyer, Ph.D. (Toxicology Consultants & Assessment Specialists, L.L.C.), Marco Kaltofen (Boston Chemical Data Corp.), Anthony Ladd, Ph.D. (Department of Sociology, Loyola University New Orleans), LuAnn E. White, Ph.D. (Tulane Center for Applied Environmental Public Health) and Paul Barnes, Ph.D. (Department of Biological Sciences, Loyola University New Orleans).