Double your impact today
Back in 2010, when we were revealing to the world the true size of the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, we noticed something else: a small slick nearby, one that that seemed to be there day after day. Soon we learned it was coming from leaking oil wells that had been damaged by a hurricane in 2004 and never fixed by their owner, Taylor Energy.
Over the next eight years we analyzed hundreds of satellite images and thousands of government pollution reports to document this ongoing leak. We teamed up with Gulf-area environmental groups and researchers, wrote dozens of blog posts sharing our findings, and worked with journalists to help them understand the significance of this decades-long unchecked oil spill.
Recently, after an interview with SkyTruth, The Washington Post ran a front-page article about the Taylor leak and then just days later the Coast Guard ordered Taylor to fix it. This is a big step forward for the environment in the Gulf and sends a strong message to the drilling industry that we won’t let them walk away from their messes.
And it wouldn’t have happened without your help. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to SkyTruth. You have helped us carry out our mission and have made positive change possible — we can’t thank you enough.
I hope that you will continue that support by making a year-end gift to SkyTruth today. I am pleased to announce that a generous donor has offered to match all gifts received by December 31 up to $4000. This means your gift will have twice the impact.
Your support is also helping us shine a spotlight on other critical environmental issues:
- With Duke University, Appalachian Voices and Google, we built an interactive Mountaintop Removal Mining map exposing the annual “footprint” and wide-ranging impacts of this destructive practice. We expect this map and dataset will be used by researchers and advocates to improve coal-mining policy and practices.
- In a scientific journal, we published the first-ever global assessment of transshipment by fishing vessels, revealing a shadowy practice that enables overfishing, illegal fishing, and human rights violations — including human slavery at sea.
- Our expert team launched a new program to use artificial intelligence (AI) tools to analyze satellite images, with the goal of creating a system that will let people monitor protected areas around the world to ensure they’re really being protected.
We need your gift today. With our clear vision and your support we can continue to make a difference together. Remember, your gift will have double the impact this year. Thank you for making the environment a priority in your year-end giving. Seeing is believing. And if you can see it, you can change it.
With best wishes for the new year,
John Amos, President