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Stories from the BP oil spill

As I’ve noted before, news on the impact of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has pretty much dried up since the oil company put caps in place on the leaking wellhead… no more oil spewing, no more stories to tell. While that may be the MO of the mainstream media, numerous other outlets realize that the story continues along the Gulf Coast as people deal with the continued economic impact of the spill, as well as fears about health and environmental issues still to surface.

Enter Storycorps, the massive digital oral history project dedicated to providing “…Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.” In partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council and Bridge the Gulf, Storycorps has launched Stories from the Gulf, an archive of recorded interviews from people in the region still dealing with the aftermath of the spill.

The handful of stories released so far (there’s a new one every week) have largely focused on people who make their living on the water… and each expresses his or her fear that the way of life they’ve always known may be coming to an end. Very moving and real (they’re all clearly unscripted), these recordings serve as an important reminder that the impact of this disaster will be with these people for a long time to come…

Want a taste of the project? Check out one of the stories above… and let us know what you think.

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