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Dec 4th: Raw Stories From the Gulf Oil Disaster by Ian Somerhalder

Tracey | Categories: Gulf Oil Spill, Ian Somerhalder, Ian Somerhalder Foundation, News, Videos | Comments Off on Raw Stories From the Gulf Oil Disaster by Ian Somerhalder

I have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season, but I know that many people, especially from my home state of Louisiana, are struggling to make ends meet as they continue dealing with the fallout of our nation’s worst oil disaster. Even though the oil stopped gushing in late July, Gulf waters are still polluted, and many residents are fighting to rebuild small businesses that depend on a healthy and thriving ecosystem. Few Americans are aware that the BP disaster still threatens to snuff-out century-old family traditions and a beautiful way of life along the Gulf Coast.

I recently found out that a group that inspires me, NRDC, teamed up with StoryCorps and Bridge the Gulf to produce amazing stories from Gulf residents affected by the BP oil disaster. Their goal was to make sure that the struggles and perseverance of people living through this disaster weren’t forgotten.

To read full article from The Huffington Post click here.

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Oct 1st: Ian Somerhalder on Gulf Coast Disaster: “This Can’t Happen Again”

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Last June, we were fortunate enough to learn firsthand about Louisiana native Ian Somerhalder‘s fight to raise awareness about the BP oil spill and its devastating effects on the Gulf Coast.

At the time, the Vampire Diaries star voiced his dissent over the seemingly nonexistent response to the Gulf disaster from both the government and his Hollywood counterparts. But today Ian, who’s still actively involved in the ongoing recovery efforts (as any good Twitter follower knows), seems hopeful about our future—and is encouraging everyone to make sure something of this magnitude never happens again:

“I’ve been speaking with a lot of people down there,” Ian tells us of the latest semi-good news out of the Gulf Coast. “I know we all hated it, the 1.7 million gallons of [oil]. It could have been Armageddon.”

But thankfully, the tide of crude oil seems to have ebbed away, at least for now.

Explains the actor-activist: “There is a significant amount of oil in the marshes, but a lot of it is evaporating. It wasn’t as horrible as it could have been. It was really bad, and there are definite areas that are destroyed forever—places in Grande Isle, La., and certain beaches—but a lot of these marshes are going to bounce back. The nurseries, the areas of young shellfish and fish that were incubating and growing that we thought would be covered [in oil] and destroyed, I don’t think were really hit. Mind you, this is all very premature. Yes, it’s a disaster, but it’s a lot better than if it would have just kept gushing.”

Now that Ian’s cry for action has been heard, the next step is helping to recover the Gulf’s economy.

“There’s still a stigma about the seafood in that region,” he tells us of the deterioration of the area’s main source of income.. “They’re catching a lot of seafood, but they’re being turned away at the docks. A lot of preliminary testing of a lot of these animals, the speckled trout, the red fish, shrimp, crab, oysters, all of it coming in, shows that there’s no oil on these animals. I hope we can get enough testing soon that will give enough conclusive evidence that these animals are not contaminated and that we need to start buying this seafood again and supporting these people.

“We learned a lot, and maybe in 10 years we’ll really realize what happened, why the government didn’t step in more,” Ian says of the oil spill’s ultimate outcome. “It’s really a shame how we handled it. We lost a giant ecosystem because of it. But it taught us a great deal.”

Ultimately, the message from the talented thesp and do-gooder is this: “We can’t let this happen again. We can never see this again in our lifetime. Ever, actually—screw our lifetimes. That’s the goal, to never see this again. And it never should happen again.”

HELP: Continue to support Gulf Coast relief efforts here and here.

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Jun 24th: News: CW stars Ian Somerhalder, Sophia Bush, Austin Nichols on Gulf Oil Disaster: We’re enraged!

Michelle | Categories: News | 1 Comment

Louisiana native and “Vampire Diaries” star Ian Somerhalder has been working tirelessly to promote awareness of the dire situation on the Gulf Coast since the spill two months ago. He’s been keeping fans and fellow activists updated via his Twitter, @iansomerhalder.

Recently, he’s expressed frustration about the lack of industry and celebrity voices speaking out about the disaster.

“Brad Pitt and people at his level in this industry – they do amazing things for the world, all over the world,” Somerhalder tells Zap2it. “But it seems obvious to me that there’s a certain silence, with this particular issue, and I have my own theories why — politically, why that might be, but I would never discuss that, because they’re my thoughts. It’s not my place to project that on anyone.”

Somerhalder isn’t alone in his quest to bring awareness and aid to the Gulf coast. A number of celebrities, including Justin Bieber, Jenny McCarthy, and Alyssa Milano participated in Larry King’s special two-hour telethon “Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help,” which raised $1.8 million for disaster relief. And this week, some of Somerhalder’s fellow CW stars added their voices to the cause as well.

“One Tree Hill” star Sophia Bush has never been a fan of online social networking, but she and her co-star Austin Nichols signed up for Twitter accounts this week (@SophiaBush and @AUS10NICHOLS).

“I’ve never been a person that’s wanted to open up any facet of my personal life to any kind of social media,” Bush tells Zap2it, calling from New Orleans, where she and Nichols have been working with Global Green and learning about the impact of the B.P. oil spill.

“We started accounts because we were so angry about the spill,” Nichols — Bush’s boyfriend on screen and off — explains. “We wanted to get as many followers as we could before we got here so that we could tell people what’s going on.”

“All of my skepticism has been destroyed,” Bush says. “Last night the sheer outpouring of support, and not to sound cliche, but the outpouring of love that we’ve received — I have cried. I am humbled and appreciative.”

Please check out the full interview here

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Jun 22nd: News: Oil in the Gulf: Ian Somerhalder says ‘this disaster is the game changer’

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As you may be aware Ian Somerhalder has been giving up a lot of his spare time to help with the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. This interview was published yesterday by Zap2it, ahead of the Larry King’s two hour telethon to help raise money.

Written by Carina MacKenzie at Zap2it

“When we spoke with “Vampire Diaries” and “Lost” star Ian Somerhalder in May for Zap2it’s sister publication the Los Angeles Times, he was still reeling from the tragic news of the Deepwater Horizon’s explosion and the subsequent oil leak into the Gulf of Mexico.

Today Somerhalder, who was raised in Covington, La., is horrified that the leak still hasn’t been plugged and that up to 60,000 barrels of oil are still pouring into the Gulf every day.

“Never in a million years did I think that we’d be having this conversation two months later,” he tells Zap2it. “You know when something bad happens in your life, or something goes wrong — that weird kind of really uneasy feeling you have in the pit of your stomach? I’ve had that for two months.”

Check out the full interview here

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