Our friends at animal planet just announced a 2-hour Gulf Oil Spill special, Black Tide: Voices from the Gulf, set to air Thursday, July 28 at 9 PM est. The look back on the catastrophic last year explores the aftermath of the 200 million gallon oil spill and highlights the regions attempts at regrowth.
The special will cover the impact the oil has had on the people, the animals, and the environment of the Gulf region. In doing so, they will feature interviews with the people who made their living from the water, those who research and rehabilitate it, and others who clean up the tarnished name of BP.
Floyd Lasseigne is a fourth generation fisherman who can no longer work in the toxic gulf waters. His illiteracy leaves him with few other options for employment.
Dr. Moby Solangi heads a team from the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies. He and his group work to rescue and rehabilitate animals hurt in the spill and use their findings to determine the impact on the greater ecosystem.
Mike Utsler is the chief operating officer for the BP Gulf Coast Restoration Organization, trying to manage BP's response and restoration efforts.
These, along with a handful of others, are the faces and voices of the Gulf who lead Black Tide on an excavation of the ways in which the Gulf region will be forever changed.
Make sure to check out what looks to be a fascinating feature on Thursday, July 28 at 9 PM est on Animal Planet.