Tuesday, June 01, 2010

A Call to Support Investigative Reporter Dahr Jamail to Cover BP Oil Leak

Support Dahr Jamail’s coverage of the BP Oil Leak from an Insider’s Perspective

The “top kill” fix for the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has failed. The environmental catastrophe is already, by conservative estimates, the largest oil leak in U.S. history, at well over the amount of the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska. Higher estimates show that as much as one Exxon Valdez load of oil is being released into the Gulf every two days, and now it looks as though the volcano gushing oil into the Gulf may not be stopped until August.

Dahr Jamail, award-winning journalist renowned for documenting the human cost of the Iraq war, is turning his focus to the catastrophe developing as a result of the BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Having earned a reputation for incisive and compelling coverage that uncovers the causes and consequences of the issues, Dahr has the means to bring a unique vision and perspective to this emerging and historic crisis.

Dahr’s reporting from Iraq, acclaimed for its focus on the inside stories of the human and environmental impact of that war, as well as corporate corruption and cover-ups, will lend him particular acumen in covering the human and environmental impacts of this increasingly serious BP disaster.

Dahr will team up with Mark Manning, award-winning filmmaker and commercial diver of 20 years, who has in depth insight into the world of offshore oil operations. Together, they will produce daily content in the form of print and documentary film coverage to be distributed internationally through a wide variety of outlets.

A few examples of such topics to be covered, which are not currently being addressed in news and media coverage of the leak, include:

- All fluid crude oil spills meet the standard of a toxic chemical spill, yet are not classified as such. This classification would entirely change the framework of the crisis.
- Oil containment systems do not work in standard ocean sea states, i.e. they do not work in ocean oil spills such as this.
- The robotic vehicles now being used to control and salvage the well head are not designed for such work
- The underwater videos released from BP of the leak are missing a scale, making the data misleading and unable to gauge the flow of the spill.
- Due to the technical limitations controlling this type of deep water leak it may not be able to be stopped until the reserve empties, which could take decades.
- Even if the leak is ceased today, the environmental impact on local communities and eco-systems will last generations.

Dahr is committed to bringing his viewership continually updated media coverage on the spill, including daily print reporting, radio interviews, a weekly documentary film series, and a feature documentary film project.

All donations will be used for lodging, food, and transportation in support of this project, to keep Jamail and Manning on the Gulf Coast for at least one month, two if enough funding is generated. Please support Dahr’s important reporting on the BP Gulf Leak by making a contribution today.

There are several ways you can donate:

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, International Media Project (IMP) is providing fiscal sponsorship to Dahr Jamail. Checks for tax-deductible donations should be made out to “International Media Project.” please write “Dahr Jamail” in the memo line and mail to:

International Media Project/Dahr Jamail
1714 Franklin St.
Oakland, CA 94612

Online, you can use Paypal to donate by visiting Dahr’s website here.

Donations can also be mailed to:

Dahr Jamail
P.O. Box 970
Marfa, TX 79843

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Dahr Jamail's new book, The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, is now available.

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As one of the first and few unembedded Western journalists to report the truth about how the United States has destroyed, not liberated, Iraqi society in his book Beyond the Green Zone, Jamail now investigates the under-reported but growing antiwar resistance of American GIs. Gathering the stories of these courageous men and women, Jamail shows us that far from "supporting our troops," politicians have betrayed them at every turn. Finally, Jamail shows us that the true heroes of the criminal tragedy of the Iraq War are those brave enough to say no.

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"International journalism at its best." --Stephen Kinzer, former bureau chief, New York Times; author All the Shah's Men

Winner of the 2008 Martha Gellhorn Award for Journalism

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