Lives Per Gallon Story Project

The Human Cost of Our Oil Addiction

The Lives Per Gallon Story Project was inspired by the devastation caused by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. The costs of the disaster are immeasurable, the damage done to the lives, environment and wildlife of the region is both unthinkable and still largely unknown.

Sadly, we were forewarned - - Terry Tamminen’s book Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction gave an unblinking assessment of the true price of petroleum and predicted the potential for the devastation now unfolding in the Gulf and many other parts of the globe.

The Project was launched in July of 2010 when SGA staff went to the communities of the Gulf Coast to interview victims of the spill in order to hear first hand how they were  impacted. In April, 2011 SGA staff returned to the Gulf Coast to re-interview victims of the oil spill one year later.  As one victim stated "Though the oil has stopped flowing the suffering continues." One to two minute video clips from the victims  -- as well as ways you can help are posted the Lives Per Gallon Story Project website.


The focus of the project is to inform the public about how they can help individuals in need in the Gulf Region. Over a year later the Story Project continues to give the unheard victims of the BP oil spill a voice; a venue to express how they are being impacted; and a way to CONNECT with those who want to help.  The story project website also provide links to organizations taking action to help the people, environment and wildlife in the region as well as helpful ways for people to take action from their homes.

Photos from the Gulf Coast

Workers clean up oil spill.                                     BP Cleanup site.  Venice, LA            

Andria Mack poses with Keith, a truck              Kristina Haddad and Andria Mack pose with  
driver who has been impacted by the spill.     Diane (a therapist) from Hopedale. 

Kristina Haddad poses with members of the      Andria Mack poses with the owners of P&J
Community Center of St. Bernard.                         Oyster Company, the oldest in the U.S.

The "Shrimp Lot" is usually packed on Sundays.          Unused oysterboats in the dock.

Crude Awakenings: Could an Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Happen in Southern California?

Read Crude Awakenings, a now timely report written by SGA's Program Associate Kristina Haddad and Executive Director Terry Tamminen for the Environment Now Foundation and Santa Monica BayKeeper in 2000. The report investigates oil spill prevention and response in California and exposed several "Risks" on the part of the government.


How to Help
The following organizations are making a big impact.  Check out these websites to see how you can help.

Alabama Coastal Foundation
American Bird Conservancy
Audubon Nature Institute

Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program
Center for Biological Diversity

Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Coalition to Restore Central Louisiana

Florida Philanthropic Fund

Greater New Orleans Foundation

Green Living Energy Education
IBRRC International Bird Rescue Research Center

Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, Gulfport

Louisiana Bucket Brigade Oil Spill Crisis Map
Mote Marine Laboratory
Oxfam America
National Audubon Society
National Park Foundation's Disaster Recovery Fund
Nature Conservancy
National Wildlife Federation
Save Our Gulf
Save Our Seabirds
Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana
Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary and Avian Hospital
The Turtle Hospital
United Way Gulf Recovery Fund


The Washington Post – August 17, 2010
Waste from BP oil spill cleanup has gulf residents near landfills concerned

NPR – August 15, 2010
First Spill Studies Show Gulf Kids Are At Risk

Houston Business Journal – August 13, 2010
Alabama files suit against BP, oil spill firms

As oil spill cleanup shifts gears, gulf residents fear they'll be forgotten

Associated Press – August 9, 2010
As 39,000 spill claims dangle, BP defers to feds – August 8, 2010
Oil spill plugged, but more oiled birds than ever are being found

Seattle Times, August 7, 2010
Native people fight to survive Gulf oil spill

Newsmax – August 7, 2010
Well capping brings relief but fear of abandonment

The Gaea Times -- July 31, 2010 
House approves offshore drilling bill, but Senate dispute could delay final action until fall

Associated Press -- July 28, 2010
Oil causes 2,200 Gulf beach closings, warnings

Bloomberg -- July 28, 2010
Carbon Cap Loses Out to Drilling Curbs as BP Spill Drives U.S. Energy Bill

Newsmax -- July 27, 2010
Gulf flow has stopped, but where's the oil?

BBC Hardtalk -- July 26, 2010
BP oil spill a result of 'poor decision making'

Examiner -- July 26, 2010
BP oil spill clean up to include CEO Tony Hayward

The Independent -- July 25, 2010
BP to start drilling off Libyan coast

New York Times -- July 22, 2010
Workers on doomed rig voiced safety concerns

BBC -- July 22, 2010
Tropical storm warning for site of BP oil spill

Associated Press – July 20, 2010
Messy cleanup of BP oil spill damages the Gulf

Wall Street Journal – July 20, 2010
Fresh Water Aimed at Oil Kills Oysters

Christian Science Monitor—July 18, 2010
Gulf Oil Spill – Fouling Air as Well as water?

The Washington Post – July 16, 2010
Oil leak is stopped for first time since April 20 blowout

Time News Feed—July 15, 2010
Equipment Leak Hampers BP’s Latest Effort to Stop Oil Spill

Associated Press – July 14, 2010
Scientists say Gulf spill altering food web

The New York Times – July 12, 2010
U.S. Issues Revised Offshore Drilling Ban

Fortune – July 12, 2010
BP settlements: A gamble for Gulf Coast victims

The New York Times -- July 7, 2010
Obama Asks Court to Reinstate Ban on Deepwater Drilling

AlterNet -- July 7, 2010
BP Oil Spill Cleanup Workers Getting Sick, Exxon Valdez Survivor Warns of Long Term Health

The Washington Post – July 6, 2010
Recovery effort falls vastly short of BP’s promises

The Christian Science Monitor – July 2, 2010
BP Gulf oil spill: Turtles to be protected from ‘burn boxes’

The New York Times – July 2, 2010
Where BP’s Money is Landing

Sun Herald – July 1, 2010
Oil Entering Gulf’s Food Chain

Associated Press – July 1, 2010
First major oil spill bill passed by House of Representatives -- June 30, 2010
BP oil clean-up efforts disrupted by 12 foot waves

The Associated Press -- June 20, 2010
Nations rethink drilling in wake of BP oil spill

CNBC's Kudlow Report -- June 7th, 2010
BP: bankruptcy, bailout or neither?

U.S. News and World Report -- May 3, 2010
10 things you can do to help the Gulf Coast Clean the Oil Spill



United States Environmental Protection Agency

Visualizing the Oil Spill Disaster

The White House Response