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BP Oil Spill 5 Years Later: Wildlife Still Suffering | msnbc
Ed Schultz continues his investigation into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill five years on, as it continues to wreak havoc on the Gulf Coast
‘The BP Gulf of Mexico Destruction’ was deliberate
Halliburton Pleads Guilty to Destroying Evidence in Gulf Disaster
$14 billion company given $200,000 fine for destroying evidence after oil spill
Halliburton pleaded guilty in a Louisiana district court on Thursday to charges of intentionally destroying evidence of its role in the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history—the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (Photo: Gerald Herbert, AP) One of the company’s employees was also charged with ordering destruction of evidence.
However, the company’s punishment, or lack thereof, is a “travesty,” said Public Citizen energy expert Allison Fisher, as it pales in comparison to the crime.
“U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo in New Orleans accepted the company’s guilty plea from Halliburton legal counsel Marc Mukasey, imposed the agreed-upon maximum fine of $200,000 and placed the company on a three-year probation term,” Reuters reports.
Following the news, Fisher stated, “It is incomprehensible that the Eastern District of Louisiana district court today accepted a plea deal calling for a $14 billion company to pay just $200,000 for intentionally destroying evidence related to the worst offshore oil spill in our country’s history.”
“In failing to punish this criminality,” said Fisher, “the court has abdicated its responsibility to protect the public interest.”
Halliburton provided cementing services for BP’s deepwater Macondo well in the lead-up to the 2010 catastrophe—services that BP and the government contend were at least partially to blame for the well blowout. Halliburton admitted in court that employees erased computer-based simulations of its centralizers, which help seal wells.
“Rather than rubber stamp the plea agreement between Halliburton Energy Services Inc. and the Department of Justice,” Fisher stated, “the court should have rejected the bargain–basement deal because it fails to hold the corporation accountable for its criminal acts and will not deter future corporate crime.”
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December 25th 2010
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Deadly Destructive Genetic Pollution
So are your ready to learn and discover what has been done by British Petroleum and the resulting perpetual destruction of all life in the Gulf of Mexico and possibly far beyond?
Altering of the worlds weather patterns by stopping the flow of the Gulf streams warm waters up the Atlantic seaboard and onto Europe.
Which is why you are witnessing the cooling of the northern hemisphere and the freezing of Europe and the continental USA.
After you read this and investigate all the links I will provide to the videos,documents and Internet sites, you will understand my question
So here goes. I will explain to you in plain simple language what has happened and I will also mention other Truth Soldiers enlightened theories as to why anyone could possibly do all this destruction for money.
I would like to mention that I do not believe that there is any shortage of oil on this planet. What there is is a shortage of easily and cheaply retrievable oil.
I will tell you a short story about the Russian discovery that the core of the earth is filled with oil and that this oil over time squeezes up into the imperfections inthe earths crust and fills voids and hollows.
The voids and hollows is where most of the earths oil has been retrieved from.
But the oil companies have emptied most of these economical voids.
There are many other huge oil reserves such as off Alaska and the
Faulkland islands of south America. And yes deep under the Gulf of Mexico
Remember when the British fought a war for that seemingly worthless piece of land? That is because there is a 1500 miles long protrusion of land just under the surface of the water that holds huge reserves of oil.
The oil companies needed to convince everyone that there is a shortage of oil so they could bring the costs to the consumers up.
So that this increase in profits would provide them the funds to
process the oil in places that are far from their markets.
These places need huge and very costly infrastructures to process the oil and the added costs of the long distance to ship to the far away markets.
But the Russians went in a different direction. They went down.
I learned of this years ago when I read an article about mercenaries that went to a new India oil well that the Russians were hired to drill for India. The mercenaries
killed everyone involved, destroyed the oil rig and threatened to do the same to anyone that spoke of this well or tried to drill another one.
What the Russians discovered, pioneered and perfected was extremely deep oil well drilling.
The Russians long ago discovered that wells drilled fifteen miles intothe core of the earth never run out of oil and that indeed the core of the earth is made of oil.
[Just a note. The Russians have experienced deep well blow outs.
They capped these by using nuclear detonations deep underground.
These detonations literally melted and fused the earths crust and
stopped the run away oil wells.]
The other insane NWO oil companies had never before attempted a deep will until the Gulf of Mexico disaster.
So now I will tell you what happened, why it happened, what BP has done to make the situation even worst.
BP does not have the technology or know how that the Russians developed.
But BP executive were criminally greedy as usual for members of the Zionist NWO corrupoprations. (Corporations + corruption)
So what did BP do. They took huge risks into the unknown. They as usual put money and profits above everything else.
And they always achieved this by burying the truth.
And employed their mercenaries to kill any truthers any time they felt like it.
So I am about the unbury the evil truth for you as to what they did.
BP contracted (hired) the most expensive and technologically advanced deep sea oil drilling platform the world had ever built.
The so called ($300,000,000) Deepwater Horizonoil rig had a perfect safety record and the best crew in the world.
BP hired Deepwater Horizon to drill a well one mile down below the surface of the water and then more then a mile below the surface of the ocean floor into a known huge oil reserve.
BP knew and criminally did not care that they were drilling into a known tectonic fault line.
Known as the Mississippi fault line that follows all the way up the Mississippi through north America.
Further to what I explained earlier about oil from the core of the earth is the reason why there is so much oil below the Gulf of Mexico and is because of the crevices,
cracks and imperfections in the earths crust due to the fault line.
So BP drilled the first of two wells at that location.
BP was doing what they had no previous experience or knowledge about.
That is drilling a really deep well under the weight of one mile of fluid ocean.
The Russians long ago knew the obvious dangers of doing this. The danger being, what would you do if you had a run away well one mile below the sea surface.
A depth that no human can go to. Not even in a submarine.
Deep sea drilling is the most stupid and criminally insane greedy thing to do.
So what happened you might be asking yourself by now.
Here is what happened and it will shock you when you learn about the genetically created micro organisms that have been unleashed on this planet by BP.
So you need to know some basics about deep well drilling and how they get that oil to the surface.
It is not pumped up as no pumps on earth could do that.
Many think that the oil is under extraordinary pressure and that when the well is drilled the oil will come gushing up to the surface under its own pressure.
Well that was not the situation under the Gulf of Mexico. That oil was not under any pressures. It just sat there.
So BP knew this from many other wells they have drilled in their history.
What they do is drill the well all the way down into the huge oil filled hollow that is called an oil reserve.
Until that day they had always pumped down natural and organic bacteria like organisms that would react and grow off of its consumption of the oil.
This would then cause a reaction that would bring up the pressure to about 1500 pounds per square inch as expected and make it possible to retrieve the now pressurized oil.
So now BP did not care what pressurizing a huge oil reserve at a fault line might do.
BPs criminal negligence did not stop there. Keep reading it gets much much worse.
What BP did is they unleashed a DNA Genetically engineered micro organism that never existed on this planet before.
Again BP cared not what this could do to this planet if it ever got into the wild natural world and the diverse ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico.
BP only cared about money and profits.
So now this newly created micro organism did the unknown.
It grew and grew as it consumed the oil. This organism grew so quickly that it dangerously pressurized theoil reserve to approximately 80,000lbs. Per square inch.
This caused the first oil well to literally blow apart. The super high pressures went up and cracked the well casing pipe and blew through all the blowout preventers No manmade engineering can control such high pressures.
I will soon tell you more about what else these high pressures did and are still doing.
So now the well drilling process had stopped.
So BP ordered that a second well be drilled and the oil rig workers refused to do this as the first well blow out had destroyed all the safety systems.
The oil rig workers were very concerned as to why all the safety systems had failed.
I assume the oil rig workers did not know that BP had injected a genetically created organism into the well.
So typical of the corporate mind. The BP executive cared about nothing but profits.
So three days before the second well blew up the oil rig.
BP executives had landed on the oil rig and they were having a very loud shouting dispute with the oil rig bosses.
BP complained that the well was six months behind schedule and that this delay was costing BP huge losses.
The rig workers did not want to continue on with all the failed and unrepaired damaged safety systems.
But the oil rig workers were forced to continue and three days later when the rig reached the now extremely pressurized oil reserve.
The super high pressures and the methane that the micro organisms where creating,
came tearing up the pipe and went up and blew the top off the oil rig.
This happened because the scentless methane gases got sucked into all the generators that were running on board.
The huge generators sped up so fast that they began to blow the electrical systems.
The resulting sparks ignited the scentless methane gas and the whole oil rig burned and sank.
Meanwhile the first oil well was still leaking and now untold to the general public there were now two oil wells leaking.
Oh it just keeps getting worse..please read on.
The first damaged well was very minor compared to what happened with the second one.
So now the whole world knew something was very wrong.
As usual the criminally insane began their cover up and disinformation program.
NWO Corporate executives think the public are nothing but dumb sheeple and that they never deserve to know the truth at anytime.
Now I will tell you more about what the huge pressures were doing below the surface of the earth.
You can verify this by watching the videos I will provide the links to below.
Videos from the unmanned submersibles showing that the earths crust had been cracked in every direction out to thirty miles or more.
The videos clearly showed that the the earths surface was heaving open and closed and that oil and everything else from below the earth was now uncontrollably leaking out from the cracks.
But do realize that the genetically created organisms were also being released into the ecosystem to cause unknown permanent and perpetual damages.
So what does BP do when they were forced to show the world the undersea live video feeds?
They showed the world their attempts to stop the very minor leak at the first well.
The world was not shown the real damaged second well.
As the world was watching the video feeds the oil and everything else was spreading and destroying everything it its path in the Gulf of Mexico.
You can have a look at the many photos I will provide links to and see the huge destruction and the killing of all wildlife under and above the sea.
So now that the oil and damage was being viewed by people all over the world.
The BP executives got really scared and decided to commit another even worst crime against this planet.
Are you ready for this? It is going to shock you even more.
So as Obama was now threatening all reporters will jail if they continued to report any news about the destruction of the environment.
BP unleashes its army of aircraft and boats to flood the ocean and the atmosphere with yet another genetically created organism.
This was called corexit and it was an organism that eats all carbon based life forms.
This means anything that is alive, plants, animals, natural micro organisms and even people.
The purpose for this none stop spraying was to hide the oil from view and to keep it and
all the dead wildlife from showing up.
The corexit causes all life forms to sink to the bottom of the sea and also the oil.
The corexit is a genetically created artificial life form that will keep growing until it has consumed and killed everything.
It will surely spread all over the oceans.
But wait it gets worse again.
Reports have come in that corexit gets picked up by the rains and has been discovered as far away as 3000 miles north in Ontario Canada.
You can watch many private videos on Youtube showing the damage that the rains are doing to plants and trees.
It is feared that the corexit will find its way into all fresh water lakes and rivers.
Then killing all life forms along the way.
So now all reporting pertaining to the Gulf disaster is banned.
But all along the gulf coast people and wildlife are affected.
It was reported on Pakalert press that Obama announced to world leaders that the potential exists for millions of deaths due to the BP disaster.
Just today it has been announced that the oil has been discovered. It is at least a foot deep and covers thousands of square miles under the sea.
The future implications of this man made disaster will never end.
Now scientist have said that the gulf stream has stopped flowing north. Which is why Europe and central USA are experiencing unseen before rains and snow storms.
With never before recorded cold temperatures.
I can attest to the scary weather. I live in Nova Scotia Canada which is located on the east coast on the Atlantic Ocean above the USA and the Gulf of Mexico.
For the past three months we have been getting storm after storm, each with very heavy rain falls and constant non stop hurricane force winds of 100 to 130 kilometers per hour.
Therefore many scientists are saying it has the potential to start another ice age.
I learned all of the above thanks to truthers..
I hope that now you understand how important it is that we all put truth back to where in belongs.
At the front of all human activity for truth is absolute and it is an action.
So become an activist in the world wide truth revolution..do not be a coward and do not make me feel like I am the only sane person remaining on this planet.
I feel that I live on a planet run by the insane.
Insanity is absolutely the opposite of truth…
Are you insane or do you seek the truth?
The world wide truth revolution needs you to join and become A Truth Soldier.
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Rense & Steve Pedigo – How BP Killed The Gulf & Hid The Body
Permanent Biological Contamination of the Gulf VIDEO
Audio file download: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wvp/2011/02/04/the-gulf-blue-plague.mp3
30 MIN VIDEO
Blood Tests Show Chemicals In Gulf Citizens Blood, US Gov Lied About Gulf Seafood
BP Whistleblowers, Over a Dozen of Them Assassinated, Missing Or Kidnapped in Last 2 Years…
As Thomas Botch says in the comments at Facebook, “To many high profile people (successful and educated with little reason to die from risky behavior) all “croak” in “too short a time period” to be “statistically normal.” Don’t you agree?”
February 17, 2011 – LSU scientist Gregory Stone, 54 – Unknown Illness
The LSU community mourns the passing of Greg Stone, James P. Morgan Distinguished Professor in Coastal Studies, director of the WAVCIS program and internationally renowned coastal researcher. Stone passed away on Thursday, Feb. 17. A memorial service will be held at Rabenhorst Funeral Home on Monday, Feb. 21, at 12 p.m. Continue Reading the Story about Greg Stone’s Death
April 2, 2011 – Tucker Mendoza, gulf truth activist, still recovering, along with his niece. Shot four times through his front door, niece hit twice. Anyone with information regarding this shooting incident should call St. John the Baptist Parish Detectives at 985-359-8769 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.
Tucker Mendoza, a gulf truth activist, was shot early this morning 4 times through the door of his home in Laplace. He was hit 3 times in the chest and once across the forehead. With him was a niece, he reports she was struck in the neck and bottom. Continue Reading the Story About Tucker Mendoza’s Death
January 19, 2011 – former President and CEO of the International Oil Spill Control Corporation – imprisonment and subsequent murder while jailed.
A Gulf human rights reporter, U.S. government Gulf operation critic, framed political prisoner, was murdered Thursday. Dr. Tomas B. Manton passed away Wednesday, January 19th after assaulted at Liberty Correctional Facility in Bristol, Florida where held as a Falsely Imprisoned Person (FIP). Continue Reading the Article on Thomas Manton…
December 31, 2010 – a former Pentagon official and presidential aide and a defense consultant and expert on chemical and biological weapons – was beaten to death in an assault, body was discovered in a Wilmington landfill
John P. Wheeler II, the military expert who served three Republican presidents and helped get the Vietnam Veterans Memorial built was found dead in a Delaware landfill. Authorities are trying to piece together when he was last seen alive. The body of John P. Wheeler II, 66, was uncovered Friday when a garbage truck emptied its contents at the Cherry Island landfill in Wilmington. Continue Reading the Article on John Wheeler…
November 23, 2010 – an incident commander for BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill response team, died Tuesday night near Destin, Florida in a small plane crash’
An official of BP Plc’s Gulf oil spill program and two family members died in a plane crash on Tuesday night in Florida, the company said in a statement. James Patrick Black, 58, died when the private plane on which he was a passenger crashed while trying to land in heavy fog at a Destin, Florida, airport, according to BP and the U.S. Coast Guard. Continue Reading the Article on James Patrick Black…
November 15, 2010 – age 33, worked in the USF Center for Biological Defense and Global Health Infectious Disease Research – Found dead in an apparent suicide by cyanide at a Temple Terrace hotel. She leaves behind a husband and a young child.
A University of South Florida molecular biologist died Monday night in an apparent suicide by cyanide at a Temple Terrace hotel, police said. Chitra Chauhan, 33, of Tampa was pronounced dead at University Community Hospital about 10:30 p.m., Temple Terrace police reported. Continue Reading the Article on Chitra Chaunhan…
November, 2010 – MIA Status, of Lakeland, FL – Swan expert who “ran into legal trouble over an expired prescription license has closed his practice” — Was investigating unexplained bird deaths near Sarasota abruptly and immediately closed his practice, and apparently his investigation into the deaths of swans in Sarasota, suspected to have been impacted by the BP Oil Disaster. No one has heard or spoken with him since. Watch this news report covering his investigation before his disappearance:
October 6, 2010 – age 66, was hit by a truck as he passed through Panama City, Florida. Mr. Grooters had been knocked down and killed close to the end of a 3,200-mile trans-America charity ride to raise awareness about the Gulf Coast oil disaster. He began his cross-country bike ride in Oceanside, California, on September 10th. Grooters’s family and friends will cycle the final stretch of the journey from the Pacific to the Atlantic in his honour, raising cash to support Gulf Coast families. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1319529/Cyclist-Roger-Grooters-66-killed-truck-Gulf-Mexico-oil-spill-charity-ride.html#ixzz1G4s6su96
A cyclist aged 66 has been knocked down and killed close to the end of a 3,200-mile trans-America charity ride. Roger Grooters was hit by a truck as he passed through Panama City, Florida, last Wednesday. Mr Grooters’ wife, Vicki, was following the 66-year-old in a support vehicle when the accident happened. Continue Reading the Article on Roger Grooters…
August 9, 2010 – Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, 86, the longest-serving Republican senator in history, was among nine people on board when the 1957 DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter, crashed into a brush- and rock-covered mountainside Monday afternoon about 17 miles north of the southwest Alaska fishing town of Dillingham, federal officials said.
Stevens was the recipient of a whistleblower’s communication relative to the BP Oil Disaster blow-out preventer, and a conspiracy of secrecy to hide the facts from the public. (http://beforeitsnews.com/story/132/410/Sen._Ted_Stevens_Killed_In_Plane_Crash_He_Got_A_
“You and your fellow Committee members may wish to require BP to explain what action was ultimately instituted to cease the practice of falsifying BOP tests at BP Prudhoe drilling rigs. It was a cost saving but dangerous practice, again endangering the BP workforce, until I exposed it to Senator Ted Stevens, the EPA, and the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.” The cause of the crash is still an OPEN investigation by the NTSB (http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/GenPDF.asp?id=ANC10MA068&rpt=p)
BP paid a $1 million to buy Ted Stevens papers, to try and shut him up…
Dave Dittman, a former aide and longtime family friend of former Sen. Ted Stevens, says Stevens was killed in a plane crash near Dillingham Monday night. Dittman says he received a call overnight Monday that said the former senator was dead. Nine people were on board, including former NASA Chief Sean O’Keefe. Five people were killed in the crash, but other identities were not known, nor are the conditions of the survivors. Continue Reading the Article about Ted Stevens…
August 13, 2010 – age 67 – Simmons’ body was found Sunday night in his hot tub, investigators said. An autopsy by the state medical examiner’s office concluded Monday that he died from accidental drowning with heart disease as a contributing factor – “It was painful as can be” to be only insider willing to speak out against the “officials” during the BP Oil Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico
Matthew Roy Simmons was founder and chairman emeritus of Simmons & Company International, and was a prominent advocate of peak oil. Simmons was motivated by the 1973 energy crisis to create an investment banking firm catering to oil companies. In his previous capacity, he served as energy adviser to U.S. President George W. Bush. He was, up until his death, a member of the National Petroleum Council and the Council on Foreign Relations. Continue Reading the Article on Matthew Simmons…
April 6, 2010 – age 46 – cell biologist and college professor, a near-native Floridian who chose to return to South Florida after studying at elite universities – was fatally shot during what police say was a home invasion robbery.
A Nova Southeastern University professor who spent his promising career trying to cure cancer was murdered during an apparent home invasion in his usually quiet Plantation suburb in the middle of the night. Dr. Joseph Morrissey, 46, was tied up and shot before his house was set on fire by an armed man, according to reports. His wife, Linda, was also tied up but escaped the home with the couple’s 5-year-old son. Police say the “robber” is at large, though there is no description at this point other than he is a man. Continue Reading the Article on Joseph Morrissey…
January 26, 2011 – age 31 – Mississippi Department of Marine Resources officer, from Ocean Springs arrested on child porn charge
Another Mississippi law enforcement officer has been arrested for allegedly keeping child porn on his state issued laptop. Anthony Nicholas Tremonte, 31, was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count of Possession of Child Pornography. Continue Reading the Article on Anthony Tremonte…
Dead and Deformed Sea Creatures Point to BP Oil Spill
by Nancy Roberts
April 18, 2012
Two Years After the BP Oil Spill: IS THE GULF ECOSYSTEM COLLAPSING?
by Washington’s Blog
The Gulf Ecosystem Is Being Decimated
The BP oil spill started on April 20, 2010. We’ve previously warned that the BP oil spill could severely damage the Gulf ecosystem.
Since then, there are numerous signs that the worst-case scenario may be playing out:
New York Times: “Gulf Dolphins Exposed to Oil Are Seriously Ill, Agency Says
MSNBC: Gulf shrimp scarce this season (and see the Herald Tribune‘s report)
Mother Jones: Eyeless shrimp are being found all over the Gulf
NYT: Oil Spill Affected Gulf Fish’s Cell Function, Study Finds
CBS:Expert: BP spill likely cause of sick Gulf fish (and see the Press Register’s report)
“Study confirms oil from Deepwater spill entered food chain
Pensacola News Journal: “Sick fish” archive
Agence France Presse: Mystery illnesses plague Louisiana oil spill crews
MSNBC: Sea turtle deaths up along Gulf, joining dolphin trend
MSNBC:Exclusive: Submarine Dive Finds Oil, Dead Sea Life at Bottom of Gulf of Mexico
AP: BP oil spill the culprit for slow death of deep-sea coral, scientists say (and see the Guardian and AFP‘s write ups)
A recent report also notes that there are flesh-eating bacteria in tar balls of BP oil washing up on Gulf beaches
And all of that lovely Corexit dispersant sprayed on water, land and air? It inhibits the ability of microbes to break down oil, and allows oil and other chemicals to be speed past the normal barriers of human skin.
Background here. NYT: Impact of Gulf Spill’s Underwater Dispersants Is Examined Speaking on the chemical ingredients of the dispersants used, “The report finds that “Of the 57 ingredients: 5 chemicals are associated with cancer; 33 are associated with skin irritation from rashes to burns; 33 are linked to eye irritation; 11 are or are suspected of being potential respiratory toxins or irritants; 10 are suspected kidney toxins; 8 are suspected or known to be toxic to aquatic organisms; and 5 are suspected to have a moderate acute toxicity to fish.”
If you still don’t have a sense of the devastation to the Gulf, American reporter Dahr Jamail lays it out pretty clearly:
“The fishermen have never seen anything like this,” Dr Jim Cowan told Al Jazeera. “And in my 20 years working on red snapper, looking at somewhere between 20 and 30,000 fish, I’ve never seen anything like this either.”
Dr Cowan, with Louisiana State University’s Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences started hearing about fish with sores and lesions from fishermen in November 2010.
Cowan’s findings replicate those of others living along vast areas of the Gulf Coast that have been impacted by BP’s oil and dispersants.
Gulf of Mexico fishermen, scientists and seafood processors have told Al Jazeera they are finding disturbing numbers of mutated shrimp, crab and fish that they believe are deformed by chemicals released during BP’s 2010 oil disaster.
Along with collapsing fisheries, signs of malignant impact on the regional ecosystem are ominous: horribly mutated shrimp, fish with oozing sores, underdeveloped blue crabs lacking claws, eyeless crabs and shrimp – and interviewees’ fingers point towards BP’s oil pollution disaster as being the cause.
Tracy Kuhns and her husband Mike Roberts, commercial fishers from Barataria, Louisiana, are finding eyeless shrimp.
“At the height of the last white shrimp season, in September, one of our friends caught 400 pounds of these,” Kuhns told Al Jazeera while showing a sample of the eyeless shrimp.
According to Kuhns, at least 50 per cent of the shrimp caught in that period in Barataria Bay, a popular shrimping area that was heavily impacted by BP’s oil and dispersants, were eyeless. Kuhns added: “Disturbingly, not only do the shrimp lack eyes, they even lack eye sockets.”
Eyeless shrimp, from a catch of 400 pounds of eyeless shrimp, said to be caught September 22, 2011, in Barataria Bay, Louisiana [Erika Blumenfeld/Al Jazeera]
“Some shrimpers are catching these out in the open Gulf [of Mexico],” she added, “They are also catching them in Alabama and Mississippi. We are also finding eyeless crabs, crabs with their shells soft instead of hard, full grown crabs that are one-fifth their normal size, clawless crabs, and crabs with shells that don’t have their usual spikes … they look like they’ve been burned off by chemicals.”
On April 20, 2010, BP’s Deepwater Horizon oilrig exploded, and began the release of at least 4.9 million barrels of oil. BP then used at least 1.9 million gallons of toxic Corexit dispersants to sink the oil.
Keath Ladner, a third generation seafood processor in Hancock County, Mississippi, is also disturbed by what he is seeing.
“I’ve seen the brown shrimp catch drop by two-thirds, and so far the white shrimp have been wiped out,” Ladner told Al Jazeera. “The shrimp are immune compromised. We are finding shrimp with tumors on their heads, and are seeing this everyday.”
While on a shrimp boat in Mobile Bay with Sidney Schwartz, the fourth-generation fisherman said that he had seen shrimp with defects on their gills, and “their shells missing around their gills and head”.
“We’ve fished here all our lives and have never seen anything like this,” he added.
Ladner has also seen crates of blue crabs, all of which were lacking at least one of their claws.
Darla Rooks, a lifelong fisherperson from Port Sulfur, Louisiana, told Al Jazeera she is finding crabs “with holes in their shells, shells with all the points burned off so all the spikes on their shells and claws are gone, misshapen shells, and crabs that are dying from within … they are still alive, but you open them up and they smell like they’ve been dead for a week”.
Rooks is also finding eyeless shrimp, shrimp with abnormal growths, female shrimp with their babies still attached to them, and shrimp with oiled gills.
“We also seeing eyeless fish, and fish lacking even eye-sockets, and fish with lesions, fish without covers over their gills, and others with large pink masses hanging off their eyes and gills.”
Rooks, who grew up fishing with her parents, said she had never seen such things in these waters, and her seafood catch last year was “ten per cent what it normally is”.
“I’ve never seen this,” he said, a statement Al Jazeera heard from every scientist, fisherman, and seafood processor we spoke with about the seafood deformities.
Given that the Gulf of Mexico provides more than 40 per cent of all the seafood caught in the continental US, this phenomenon does not bode well for the region, or the country.
“The dispersants used in BP’s draconian experiment contain solvents, such as petroleum distillates and 2-butoxyethanol. Solvents dissolve oil, grease, and rubber,” Dr Riki Ott, a toxicologist, marine biologist and Exxon Valdez survivor told Al Jazeera. “It should be no surprise that solvents are also notoriously toxic to people, something the medical community has long known”.
The dispersants are known to be mutagenic, a disturbing fact that could be evidenced in the seafood deformities. Shrimp, for example, have a life-cycle short enough that two to three generations have existed since BP’s disaster began, giving the chemicals time to enter the genome.
Pathways of exposure to the dispersants are inhalation, ingestion, skin, and eye contact. Health impacts can include headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pains, chest pains, respiratory system damage, skin sensitisation, hypertension, central nervous system depression, neurotoxic effects, cardiac arrhythmia and cardiovascular damage. They are also teratogenic – able to disturb the growth and development of an embryo or fetus – and carcinogenic.
Cowan believes chemicals named polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), released from BP’s submerged oil, are likely to blame for what he is finding, due to the fact that the fish with lesions he is finding are from “a wide spatial distribution that is spatially coordinated with oil from the Deepwater Horizon, both surface oil and subsurface oil. A lot of the oil that impacted Louisiana was also in subsurface plumes, and we think there is a lot of it remaining on the seafloor”.
Marine scientist Samantha Joye of the University of Georgia published results of her submarine dives around the source area of BP’s oil disaster in the Nature Geoscience journal.
Her evidence showed massive swathes of oil covering the seafloor, including photos of oil-covered bottom dwelling sea creatures.
While showing slides at an American Association for the Advancement of Science annual conference in Washington, Joye said: “This is Macondo oil on the bottom. These are dead organisms because of oil being deposited on their heads.”
Dr Wilma Subra, a chemist and Macarthur Fellow, has conducted tests on seafood and sediment samples along the Gulf for chemicals present in BP’s crude oil and toxic dispersants.
“Tests have shown significant levels of oil pollution in oysters and crabs along the Louisiana coastline,” Subra told Al Jazeera. “We have also found high levels of hydrocarbons in the soil and vegetation.”
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, PAHs “are a group of semi-volatile organic compounds that are present in crude oil that has spent time in the ocean and eventually reaches shore, and can be formed when oil is burned”.
“The fish are being exposed to PAHs, and I was able to find several references that list the same symptoms in fish after the Exxon Valdez spill, as well as other lab experiments,” explained Cowan. “There was also a paper published by some LSU scientists that PAH exposure has effects on the genome.”
The University of South Florida released the results of a survey whose findings corresponded with Cowan’s: a two to five per cent infection rate in the same oil impact areas, and not just with red snapper, but with more than 20 species of fish with lesions. In many locations, 20 per cent of the fish had lesions, and later sampling expeditions found areas where, alarmingly, 50 per cent of the fish had them.
“I asked a NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] sampler what percentage of fish they find with sores prior to 2010, and it’s one tenth of one percent,” Cowan said. “Which is what we found prior to 2010 as well. But nothing like we’ve seen with these secondary infections and at this high of rate since the spill.”
“What we think is that it’s attributable to chronic exposure to PAHs released in the process of weathering of oil on the seafloor,” Cowan said. “There’s no other thing we can use to explain this phenomenon. We’ve never seen anything like this before.”
Crustacean biologist Darryl Felder, in the Department of Biology with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is in a unique position.
Felder has been monitoring the vicinity of BP’s blowout Macondo well both before and after the oil disaster began, because, as he told Al Jazeera, “the National Science Foundation was interested in these areas that are vulnerable due to all the drilling”.
“So we have before and after samples to compare to,” he added. “We have found seafood with lesions, missing appendages, and other abnormalities.”
Felder also has samples of inshore crabs with lesions. “Right here in Grand Isle we see lesions that are eroding down through their shell. We just got these samples last Thursday and are studying them now, because we have no idea what else to link this to as far as a natural event.”
According to Felder, there is an even higher incidence of shell disease with crabs in deeper waters.
“My fear is that these prior incidents of lesions might be traceable to microbes, and my questions are, did we alter microbial populations in the vicinity of the well by introducing this massive amount of petroleum and in so doing cause microbes to attack things other than oil?”
One hypothesis he has is that the waxy coatings around crab shells are being impaired by anthropogenic chemicals or microbes resulting from such chemicals.
“You create a site where a lesion can occur, and microbes attack. We see them with big black lesions, around where their appendages fall off, and all that is left is a big black ring.”
Felder added that his team is continuing to document the incidents: “And from what we can tell, there is a far higher incidence we’re finding after the spill.”
“We are also seeing much lower diversity of crustaceans,” he said. “We don’t have the same number of species as we did before [the spill].”
Felder is also finding “odd staining” of animals that burrow into the mud that cause stain rings, and said: “It is consistently mineral deposits, possibly from microbial populations in [overly] high concentrations.”
Dr Andrew Whitehead, an associate professor of biology at Louisiana State University, co-authored the report Genomic and physiological footprint of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on resident marsh fishes that was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in October 2011.
Whitehead’s work is of critical importance, as it shows a direct link between BP’s oil and the negative impacts on the Gulf’s food web evidenced by studies on killifish before, during and after the oil disaster.
“What we found is a very clear, genome-wide signal, a very clear signal of exposure to the toxic components of oil that coincided with the timing and the locations of the oil,” Whitehead told Al Jazeera during an interview in his lab.
According to Whitehead, the killifish is an important indicator species because they are the most abundant fish in the marshes, and are known to be the most important forage animal in their communities.
“That means that most of the large fish that we like to eat and that these are important fisheries for, actually feed on the killifish,” he explained. “So if there were to be a big impact on those animals, then there would probably be a cascading effect throughout the food web. I can’t think of a worse animal to knock out of the food chain than the killifish.”
But we may well be witnessing the beginnings of this worst-case scenario.
Whitehead is predicting that there could be reproductive impacts on the fish, and since the killifish is a “keystone” species in the food web of the marsh, “Impacts on those species are more than likely going to propagate out and effect other species. What this shows is a very direct link from exposure to DWH oil and a clear biological effect. And a clear biological effect that could translate to population level long-term consequences.”
Ed Cake, a biological oceanographer, as well as a marine and oyster biologist, has “great concern” about the hundreds of dolphin deaths he has seen in the region since BP’s disaster began, which he feels are likely directly related to the BP oil disaster.
“Adult dolphins’ systems are picking up whatever is in the system out there, and we know the oil is out there and working its way up the food chain through the food web – and dolphins are at the top of that food chain.”
Cake explained: “The chemicals then move into their lipids, fat, and then when they are pregnant, their young rely on this fat, and so it’s no wonder dolphins are having developmental issues and still births.”
Cake, who lives in Mississippi, added: “It has been more than 33 years since the 1979 Ixtoc-1 oil disaster in Mexico’s Bay of Campeche, and the oysters, clams, and mangrove forests have still not recovered in their oiled habitats in seaside estuaries of the Yucatan Peninsula. It has been 23 years since the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil disaster in Alaska, and the herring fishery that failed in the wake of that disaster has still not returned.”
Cake believes we are still in the short-term impact stage of BP’s oil disaster.
“I will not be alive to see the Gulf of Mexico recover,” said Cake, who is 72 years old. “Without funding and serious commitment, these things will not come back to pre-April 2010 levels for decades.”
“We’re continuing to pull up oil in our nets,” Rooks said. “Think about losing everything that makes you happy, because that is exactly what happens when someone spills oil and sprays dispersants on it. People who live here know better than to swim in or eat what comes out of our waters.”
Khuns and her husband told Al Jazeera that fishermen continue to regularly find tar balls in their crab traps, and hundreds of pounds of tar balls continue to be found on beaches across the region on a daily basis.
Meanwhile Cowan continues his work, and remains concerned about what he is finding.
“We’ve also seen a decrease in biodiversity in fisheries in certain areas. We believe we are now seeing another outbreak of incidence increasing, and this makes sense, since waters are starting to warm again, so bacterial infections are really starting to take off again. We think this is a problem that will persist for as long as the oil is stored on the seafloor.”
Did the BP Spill Ever Really Stop?
We’ve repeatedly documented that BP’s gulf Mocando well is still leaking.
Stuart Smith – a successful trial lawyer who won a billion dollar verdict against Exxon Mobil – noted recently:
New sampling data from the nonprofit Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) provide confirmation that not only is BP’s oil still very much present in the water in Bayou La Batre, but that it still exists in a highly toxic state nearly two years after the spill.
Here are photos of brown oily foam washing ashore in Bayou La Batre (just west of Mobile Bay) on February 27, 2012:
Photo credit to the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN)
Water samples were taken by Dennis and Lori Bosarge, LEAN members from Coden, Alabama. The lab-certified test results are in (see full lab report at bottom), and they are startling in that they suggest that oil is still leaking from the Macondo reservoir – most likely from cracks and fissures in the seafloor around the plugged wellhead. Scientists believe the cracks were caused by BP’s heavy-handed “kill” efforts.
Despite numerous opportunities to do so, the U.S. Coast Guard has never publicly denied that the Macondo field is still leaking. And these latest sampling results out of Bayou La Batre provide damning new evidence that the BP oil spill never really ended.
Government Sits On Its Hands …
The New York Times notes today:
Congress’s response to the spill has been truly pathetic. It has not passed a single bill to prevent another catastrophe, according to a report issued Tuesday by former members of a presidential commission that investigated the spill. Congress has failed even to codify the Interior Department’s sound regulatory reforms, which could be undone by a future administration.
The administration has developed new standards for each stage of the drilling process — from rig design to spill response — insisting that operators fully prepare for worst-case scenarios. But the commissioners’ report notes that the new equipment systems have not yet been tested in deep-water conditions.
Indeed, Mother Jones notes that the White House pressured scientists to underestimate BP spill size. And see this Forbes write up, and our previous reporting on the topic.
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Greg Palast | BP Covered Up Blow-out Two Years Prior to Deadly Deepwater Horizon Spill
Two years before the Deepwater Horizon blow-out in the Gulf of Mexico, another BP off-shore rig suffered a nearly identical blow-out, but BP concealed the first one from the U.S. regulators and Congress.
This week, EcoWatch.org located an eyewitness with devastating new information about the Caspian Sea oil-rig blow-out which BP had concealed from government and the industry.
The witness, whose story is backed up by rig workers who were evacuated from BP’s Caspian platform, said that had BP revealed the full story as required by industry practice, the eleven Gulf of Mexico workers “could have had a chance” of survival. But BP’s insistence on using methods proven faulty sealed their fate.
One cause of the blow-outs was the same in both cases: the use of a money-saving technique—plugging holes with “quick-dry” cement.
By hiding the disastrous failure of its penny-pinching cement process in 2008, BP was able to continue to use the dangerous methods in the Gulf of Mexico—causing the worst oil spill in U.S. history. April 20 marks the second anniversary of the Gulf oil disaster.
There were several failures in common to the two incidents identified by the eyewitness. He is an industry insider whose identity and expertise we have confirmed. His name and that of other witnesses we contacted must be withheld for their safety.
The failures revolve around the use of “quick-dry” cement, the uselessness of blow-out preventers, “mayhem” in evacuation procedures and an atmosphere of fear which prevents workers from blowing the whistle on safety problems.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., president of Waterkeeper Alliance and senior attorney for Natural Resources Defense Council, said, “We have laws that make it illegal to hide this kind of information. At the very least, these are lies by omission. When you juxtapose their knowledge of this incident upon the oil companies constant and persistent assurances of safety to regulators, investigators and shareholders, you have all the elements to prove that their concealment of the information was criminal.”
The first blow-out occurred on a BP rig in the Caspian Sea off the coast of Baku, Azerbaijan, in September 2008. BP was able to conceal such an extraordinary event with the help of the ruling regime of Azerbaijan, other oil companies and, our investigators learned, the Bush Administration.
Our investigation began just days after the explosion and sinking of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig on April 20, 2010 when this reporterreceived an extraordinary message from a terrified witness—from a ship floating in the Caspian Sea:
“I know how …. Would not be wise for me to communicate via [official] IT system, ….”
When the insider was contacted on a secure line, he stated that he witnessed a blow-out and the panicked evacuation of the giant BP “ACG” drilling platform.
To confirm the witness’ story, British television’s premier investigative program, Dispatches, sent this reporter under cover into Baku, Azerbaijan, with a cameraman. While approaching the BP oil terminal, the Islamic republic’s Security Ministry arrested the crew.
To avoid diplomatic difficulties, we were quickly released. However, two new witnesses suddenly vanished, all communication lost with them, after they confirmed the facts of the 2008 blow-out. Both told us they had been evacuated from the BP off-shore platform as it filled with methane.
Furthermore, witnesses confirmed that, “there was mud (drill-pipe cement) blown out all over the platform.” It appears the cement cap failed to hold back high-pressure gases which, “engulfed the entire platform in methane gas,” which is highly explosive.
In both cases, the insider told us, BP had used “quick-dry” cement to cap their well bores and the cost-saving procedure failed catastrophically. We have learned this week that BP failed to notify the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) about the failure of the cement. (British companies report incidents as minor as a hammer dropped.) Notification would have alerted Gulf cement contractor Halliburton that the process of adding nitrogen to cement posed unforeseen dangers.
In fact, this past December, BP attempted to place the blame and costs of the Gulf disaster on Halliburton, the oil services company that injected quick-dry cement into the well under the Deepwater Horizon. BP told a federal court that Halliburton concealed a computer model that would show that, under certain conditions, the cement could fail disastrously.
Following the Deepwater Horizon explosion, it became clear that nitrogen-laced mud can leave “channels” in the cement, allowing gas to escape and blow out the well-bore cap. However, that would have become clearer, and risks better assessed, had Halliburton and regulators known of the particulars of the Caspian blow-out.
We have also just learned that the cement casing itself appears to have cracked apart in the Caspian Sea. The sea, we were told, “was bubbling all around [from boiling methane]. You’re even scared to launch a life boat, it may sink.”
This exposed another problem with deepwater drilling. BP had promoted Blow-Out Preventers (BOPs) as a last line of defense in case of a blow-out. But if the casing shatters, the BOPs could be useless.
BP has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal the story of the first blow-out, and for good reason: If the company deliberately withheld the information that it knew “quick-dry” cement had failed yet continued to use it, the 11 deaths on its Gulf rig were not an unexpected accident but could be considered negligent homicide.
Kennedy told me, “This is a critical piece of information. The entire government is basing its policy on the assurances of this company that this process can be done safely and it never failed before. This is what they were telling everybody. Yet, the whole time they knew that this was a process that had failed disastrously in the Caspian Sea.”
Why haven’t these stories come out before? This week our witness explained that in Azerbaijan, “People disappear on a regular basis. It’s a police state.”
But even in the U.S. and Europe, BP and other industry workers are afraid to complain for fear their files will be marked “NRB,” for Not Required Back—which will end a workers’ offshore career. Jake Malloy, head of the Offshore Oil Workers Union, reached in Aberdeen, Scotland, independently confirmed statements of the whistleblowers. He noted that companies create an atmosphere of fear for one’s job with the “NRB” system and its latest variants, which discourage reports on safety problems.
BP refused an interview for this investigation, though the company responded to our written questions regarding the Caspian blow-out. Notably, the company does not deny that the blow-out occurred, nor even that it concealed the information from U.S. and UK regulators. Rather, the company says there was a “gas release”—a common and benign event, not a blow-out. As to the accusation of concealment, BP states:
“BP has shared findings from its investigation into the incident with the Azerbaijan government, [Azerbaijan] regulators, its partners and within BP.”
While BP says it issued a press release at the time of the September 2008 Caspian blow-out, the company did not tell the whole truth as reported by workers and witnesses.
The BP press release of that day admitted only that, “a gas leak was discovered in the area of” the platform when, in fact, it was an explosion of cement and methane, say our witnesses, “which engulfed the platform.”
BP later stated that all operations on the platform were suspended as a “precautionary measure,” suggesting a distant, natural leak. In fact, the workers themselves said that, like the workers on the Deepwater Horizon, they were one spark away from death, with frightened minutes to escape.
While BP called the evacuation a by-the-textbook procedure, in fact, said our witness, “It was total mayhem,” and that a lifeboat rammed a rescue ship in the chaos. U.S. government investigators in the Gulf cite BP’s confused and chaotic evacuation procedures for possibly adding to the Deepwater Horizon’s death toll. Information about the 2008 blow-out should have led to improved procedures and possibly could have saved lives.
More seriously, BP PLC’s official filing to the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission, which requires reporting of all “material” events in company operations, again talked about a “subsurface release,” concealing that the methane blew out through its drilling stack.
Both the safety of quick-dry cement (which some drillers won’t use) and deep water drilling itself were in contention before the April 20, 2010 Gulf blow-out. In fact, the U.S. Department of Interior was refusing BP, Chevron and Exxon the right to expand the area of their deep water drilling in the Gulf over safety questions.
However, BP and the industry conducted a successful lobbying campaign to expand deep water drilling. BP’s Vice-President for operations in the Gulf, David Rainey, testified before Congress in November 2009, five months before the Deepwater Horizon explosion that, “Releases from oil and gas operations are rare.” Rainey assured Congressmen that reliable “well control techniques” such as cement caps will prevent a deep water disaster.
Rainey made no mention to Congress of the blow-out in the Caspian Sea which occurred a year before his testimony.
BP itself states that if not for Halliburton’s quick-dry cement failures, the Deepwater Horizon would never have blown out. Halliburton defends itself by saying that BP’s methods created air channels in the cement that caused it to fail.
Notably, BP’s court Motion states, “Halliburton has deprived the Court and parties of uniquely relevant evidence.” BP claims that hiding the information about problems with the cement caused the loss of lives.
Kennedy suggests that if Halliburton’s withholding evidence was deadly, so was BP’s concealment of the cement failure in the Caspian.
Stefanie Penn Spear, editor of EcoWatch.org, says that BP’s hiding evidence ultimately led to, “The biggest oil spill in U.S. history. It entirely turned the Gulf Coast economy upside down and threatened—and continues to threaten—the health and livelihoods of the people in the Gulf region.”
How is it that a major oil disaster, a blow-out that shut down one of the world’s biggest oil fields and required the emergency evacuation of 211 rig workers could be covered up, hidden from U.S. regulators and Congress?
The answer: pay-offs, threats, political muscle and the connivance of the Bush Administration’s State Department, Exxon and Chevron.
Gulf Oil Spill Still Stains the Environment 2 Years Later Despite BP Propaganda
Although BP has spent upwards of $100 million to sponsor tourism ads for the Gulf, the stark reality of the disaster they perpetuated continues to linger for those in the region. April 20th marked the two-year anniversary of America’s worst oil spill and is cause for reflection, as well as a continued evaluation of this event which has irrevocably altered the health of citizens, wildlife and the environment.
Evidence continues to mount that the use of the dispersant Corexit has led to an even worse situation than the spill alone. Researchers and scientists are now uncovering the true extent of the damage done, as horrifically mutated shrimp, crab, and fish are piling up, forming a major threat to the food chain.
Abby Martin, reporting for RT below, addresses these new health and environmental concerns that indicate we should be nowhere close to forgetting the BP disaster; rather, we should be examining ways to avert a complete collapse of the ecosystem, and renew our efforts to hold BP and the U.S. government accountable for their continued coverup.
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Did you read my 34th edition? If not,
here it is: http://www.truedemocracy.net/hj34/index.html
I had the enormous good fortune to “meet” the man who had the solution to the BP oil spill.
He lives here in Oxford, England, and we chatted a couple of times on the phone.
BTW, BP is owned by Rothschild. What’s new? He owns literally everything.
God bless, Arlene
There will be literally millions of victims. People need to understand, the sea and the air are not really separate bodies.
There is only one atmosphere with a constant exchange between the sky and the sea and the earth. When we sink tens …
or hundreds of millions of barrels to the sea bed, it comes back up again into the air as evaporated water which we breath.
The air goes up into the clouds and falls down again as rainwater. It is constant this exchange of polluted water with the
air and the rain, never ending. The oil and the dispersants just keep changing form, but the pollution is always there.
The air and the water of the Gulf region are not contained to that area, there is a constant exchange with all of the world’s
water and air over time. That much pollution cannot happen without tremendous increase in morbidity and mortality,
especially in the areas within several hundred miles of the disaster and the seriously effected areas throughout the region.
I wish that people would get out of there.
Tracey Town – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Daniel, I have just read your article on the oil spill destruction…..i cried and cried, and will most likely cry some more.
Thankyou soooo much for explaining what the organisms are, I knew they were there just didnt know what they were.
Your information about the corexit 900 was also extremely enlightening….I knew the damage it would cause,
but not to this extent!!! Our beautiful planet…..
I always felt in my heart that the ‘criminally insane’ had done this for some stupid reason only known to themselves.
When will people understand that they cant eat money…it is useless!!!
You have confirmed and taught me so much and I am ever grateful for you and your bravery.
Now….on to spread the word!
Peace always, brother, keep on truthin!
Quite incredibly, the EPA issued a positive report on May 1, 2012 regarding the safety and toxicity of various dispersants used in the BP Gulf Oil Spill. Included in this assessment was the use of Corexit.
This report “indicated that all eight dispersants had roughly the same toxicity, and all fell into the “practically non-toxic” or “slightly toxic” category. Scientists found that none of the eight dispersants displayed endocrine-disrupting activity of “biological significance.” The same report went on to say that “dispersant-oil mixtures were generally no more toxic to the aquatic test species than oil alone.”
The first question that jumps out for those who have researched this subject with any degree of thoroughness is how this recent report fails to reconcile with previous studies performed by the EPA. Here is some test data retrieved from the EPA website that was posted previous to the BP Gulf Oil Spill.
“The dispersant (Corexit 9500) and dispersed oil have demonstrated the following levels of toxicity per the EPA website link that follows:
- (1) 10.72 parts per million (ppm) of oil alone will kill 50% of the fish test species in a normal aquatic environment within 96 hours.
- (2) 25.20 parts per million of dispersant (Corexit 9500) alone will kill 50% of the fish test species in a normal aquatic environment within 96 hours.
- (3) 2.61 parts per million of dispersed oil (Corexit-laden) alone will kill 50% of the fish test species in a normal aquatic environment within 96 hours.”
This data diverges from the recent report to such a significant degree that the results which were just posted at the EPA.GOV website under the title of “The BP Oil Spill: Responsive Science Supports Emergency Response” must be seriously scrutinized.
What is the buying public to make of such conflicting data? Those who have medical conditions which require complete avoidance of toxic seafood need to know with certainty what they are eating.
Likewise, the fishermen in the Gulf need to know the true condition of their catch. Swimmers and beachgoers need to know the state of the water, as well as the beaches.Boaters ought to be informed of the relevant risk factors when out in the areas of recently sprayed waters, whether surface or deep sea.
The most serious questions to emerge from this report revolve around the issue of credibility. Can the EPA ever be trusted again to conduct the necessary research regarding anything having to do with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill caused by BP?By issuing such blanket statements about the relatively low toxicity associated with this spill, irrespective of location on the beach, in the waters, in the wetlands or estuaries, seems to be quite disingenuous.
Furthermore, the federal government’s declaration that the ‘clean up phase’ of the Deepwater Horizon spill is over begs for review, especially in light of the large quantities of submerged oil unaccounted for residing in the water column, DOJ’s discovery of false flow rate numbers reported by BP and new sightings of oil slicks all over the Gulf. In light of all that, the clean up phase is not over and further use of Corexit dispersant isn’t an effective solution.
Moreover, that the EPA has approved for use a very safe bioremediation agent known as Oil Spill Eater II, but has yet to allow its use in the Gulf raises many additional questions. From our investigation, it has become clear that Corexit has been given preferential treatment over other much safer alternatives. The Gulf Oil Spill Remediation Conference (GOSRC) was quoted as follows in this regard:
“When we heard about Oil Spill Eater II, and the fact that it is EPA-approved (NCP listed) and has demonstrated its effectiveness at least 14 times for the BP Gulf Oil Spill, we wondered why it wasn’t being used 24/7.”
The GOSRC went on to issue a press release entitled: Coalition Of Enviro, Citizens And Political Groups Demand COREXIT Use Be Stopped which pointed out the deliberate false image which has been created around the use of this toxic dispersant — Corexit 9500.
The Gulf Rescue Alliance (GRA) also made the recent observations in their press release entitled: BP Gulf Oil Spill Revisited.
“Many of these studies point out the obvious; that when you mix a tremendous volume of released oil with methane gas and further mix it with a toxic dispersant like Corexit, as they have done throughout this oil spill, a chemical cocktail is created that will have as far-reaching ecological ramifications as it will profound environmental consequences.”
The Earth Organization (TEO) has also weighed in on this issue through their release of an excellent documentary entitled: Hidden Crisis in the GULF. Barbara Wiseman, TEO President, has been an ardent advocate for safer oil remediation measures since the very beginning of this oil spill. She has said that:
“At the beginning of the disaster, TEO investigated to find effective, non-toxic technologies currently available in adequate supply to clean up an oil spill of this size. Once we isolated the best solutions, we then investigated to find what the barriers to getting them implemented were. The barriers have all come down to specific people in the EPA. They are, in effect, holding the Gulf hostage and, for some unexplained reason, won’t let it be cleaned up.”
Lastly, perhaps the words of Steven Pedigo reflect the voice of reason more than any other in this ongoing oil spill when he was quoted in A 2nd Anniversary Report on the BP Gulf Oil Spill as follows:
“The toxic dispersants add absolutely nothing to EFFECTIVE RESPONSE. There is no scientific basis for it, and their use violates The Clean Water Act, EPA’s charter and common sense.”
“Corexit’s label clearly states it can cause kidney failure and death and the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) specifically warns, “Do not contaminate surface water” with it. Additionally, toxicity testing in regards to marine species shows little tolerance by all forms of sea life; thus, applying it on spills as a preferred response method increases the toxicity of the spilled oil on which it is used.”
Oil spill fines targeted for coastal restoration, protection
Published: Monday, May 21, 2012, 8:21 PM Updated: Monday, May 21, 2012, 8:21 PM
BATON ROUGE — Measures to ensure fines from the Deepwater Horizon disaster go toward coastal protection and to require the state automatically pay its contract with New Orleans for costs associated with Harrah’s Casino moved forward Monday.
House Bill 812, by Rep. Simone Champagne, R-Erath, would allow voters to decide whether to dedicate fines associated with the 2010 oil spill to the state’s Coast Protection and Restoration Fund. The House gave unanimous approval to that constitutional amendment, which will now be sent to the Senate Finance Committee.
The Senate committee gave unanimous approval Monday to Champagne’s companion bill to codify the effects of the amendment.
Officials said Monday that under the Clean Water Act, BP could be fined at least $1,000 for each of the millions of barrels of oil spilled into the gulf. That fine would increase to $4,000 if it is proved the accident was the result of gross negligence. A portion of those fines would go to Louisiana under a federal law that is now being discussed in Congress.
Environmental Protection Agency policies would require the money be spent in areas that have a geographic or ecological connection to the spill, said Garrett Graves, who runs the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.
The House also gave approval Monday to House Bills 183 and 203 to clear the way for New Orleans to directly get compensation for services it provides to Harrah’s rather than waiting for legislative approval.
Under the arrangement created when Harrah’s became the state’s first land-based casino, the city enters into a contract with the state for additional services, such as policing, it provides to support the gambling establishment. The city is paid for these services quarterly.
House Speaker Pro Tem Walt Leger III, D-New Orleans, filed the two bills, which were passed unanimously.
Another measure that would require the House and Senate to prominently display the gap between the amount of money currently in the state’s retirement systems and the amount required to pay out benefits to employees also passed the House on a 72-17 vote.
House Concurrent Resolution 59, by Rep. Thomas Carmody Jr., R-Shreveport, would require that number, currently more than $18 billion, to be displayed in both chambers. The state’s legislative website also would be required to include the figure as well as a link explaining what it means and any bills being considered to address it.
Carmody said the measure would ensure people know about the gap, which he described as the largest debt owed by the state. House Retirement Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Pearson, R-Slidell, who has handled the bills dealing with the retirement systems this year, questioned the need for a reminder and likened it to putting up a display to other less-than-exemplary facts about the state, such as the rankings of its schools or the number of elected officials who have served jail time.
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IMPORTANT PETITION…PLEASE HELP….
NO TO NALCO – No Immunity For Corexit Manufacturer! To be Hand delivered to The JUDGE June 8.http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/notonalco/
2 years later.Our Government is IGNORING the TRUTH. BOYCOTT BP/ARCO FOREVER. AMERICA the Beautiful whileToxic Corporations own OUR government!
These images were collected by the residents.
Ban COREXIT still being used. Oil is still coming up. People are Ill. While the Government LOOKs the Other way.
America and The GOvernment is IGNOring this HEALTH ISSUE!
PROTEST BP! Don’t let Bp Propaganda Commercials fool YOU! Please HELP The GULf to Stand up TO BP. Don’t let our Government Get away with this COVER UP! PEOPLE ARE ILL. CLaims are not paid.
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Please sign this petition ~Demand Dispersant Testing on Dead Dolphins & Sea Turtles in the Gulf ~http://www.PetitionOnline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?Corexit1
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The Gulf is STILL not OK
More than two years after the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, no one – absolutely NO ONE (in the mainstream media, that is) will report on the actual conditions in the areas where oil is still washing up.
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May 12, 2012 at 6:39 AM by Gant Team
The Deep Submergence Vehicle Alvin is shown working at the coral site found to be impacted by the oil spill from the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico. (Image courtesy of Charles Fisher of Penn State University and Timothy Shank of WHOI;deep-sea time-lapse camera system provided by WHOI-MISO)
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill had a serious negative impact on deep-sea coral communities more than seven miles from the spill site in the Gulf of Mexico. That’s the verdict after a series of underwater investigations led by Penn State Professor of Biology Charles Fisher.
The study, which included scientists from Haverford College, Temple University, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as well as Penn State, grew out of an initial research cruise in late October 2010—approximately six months after the Deepwater Horizon spill.
As part of an ongoing effort funded by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the research team used the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Jason II to examine nine sites at distances greater than 12 miles from the Macondo well, which had been capped three months previously after spilling an estimated 160 million gallons of oil into the Gulf. They found deep-water coral communities unharmed.
However, when the ROV explored another area seven miles southwest of the spill site, the team was surprised to discover numerous coral communities covered in a brown flocculent material and showing signs of tissue damage.
“We discovered the site during the last dive of the three-week cruise,” says Fisher, chief scientist for the original mission. “As soon as the ROV got close enough for the corals to come into clear view, it was clear to me that something was wrong.
I think it was too much white and brown, and not enough color on the corals and brittle stars. Once we were close enough to zoom in on a few colonies, there was no doubt that this was something I had not seen anywhere else in the Gulf: an abundance of stressed corals, showing clear signs of a recent impact. This is exactly what we had been on the lookout for during all dives, but hoping not to see anywhere.”
Because of the timing and unprecedented nature of this observation, the scientists rapidly organized a second research cruise, which began barely a month after their return to land. This rare opportunity to return to a deep-water site so quickly was made possible with funding from the National Science Foundation’s RAPID Collaborative Research grant program.
This time, the team used the autonomous underwater vehicle Sentry to map and photograph the ocean floor, and the three-passenger, robotic-armed submersible Alvin to get a better look at the distressed corals. During six dives in Alvin, the team collected sediments and samples of the corals and filtered the brown material off the corals for analysis.
To identify the oil found in the affected communities, Helen White, a geochemist at Haverford College, worked with Christopher Reddy and Robert Nelson at Woods Hole using an advanced technique Reddy and Nelson pioneered called comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography.
The method, which separates oil compounds by molecular weight, allows scientists to essentially “fingerprint” oil and determine its source. This exacting analysis, coupled with that of photographs of individual corals taken at the site, yielded strong evidence that the coral communities were impacted by oil from the Macondo well spill.
“These biological communities in the deep Gulf of Mexico are separated from human activity at the surface by 4,000 feet of water,” White says. “We would not expect deep-water corals to be impacted by a typical oil spill, but the sheer magnitude of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and its release at depth make it very different from a tanker running aground and spilling its contents.
Because of the unprecedented nature of the spill, we have learned that its impacts are more far reaching than those arising from smaller spills that occur on the surface.”
Fisher adds, “Our ongoing work in the Gulf will allow us to better understand the long-term effects of the spill on the deep sea, and to constrain the footprint of the impact zone for deep-water corals around the Macondo well.”
Barbara Kennedy, Penn State University
Monday, March 11, 2013
It’s been labeled the worst environmental disaster in world history, and rightfully so, because the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is like the nightmarish gift that keeps on giving. BP and the United States government would have the public believe that all is well in the Gulf. Nothing could be further from the truth. The crisis is not only ongoing; its effects are worsening
The April 20, 2010 the Deep Water Horizon Explosion will be back in the news again. The explosion of this oil rig represents the biggest false flag event in history; the devastation of this false flag event is still being felt and the worst is yet to come. You may have heard about the explosions near the New Madrid Fault and the thousands of generators being shipped to Louisiana by FEMA. Soon all readers of this series will connect the BP oil spill to these recent current events.
Over 34 months later, the oil spill has destroyed the welfare, livelihoods, health and futures of tens of millions of Gulf Coast residents, not to mention the destruction of the fragile ecology in the Gulf of Mexico.
Originally, BP was ordered to initiate $20 billion in restitution to the Gulf Coast victims. In retrospect, BP has never made full restitution to the victims. The overall physical health of the region has been decimated and the mainstream media and government officials reaching as high as President Obama have been complicit in covering up the geological and medical magnitude of the event. Even to this day, BP is still covertly carpet bombing Corexit in the Gulf and the much of the environmental catastrophe remains untouched by the BP cleanup crews.
This new series will expose the fact that BP, Halliburton, Goldman Sachs, Transocean and David Rockefeller’s and the Queen of England’s New York City for Profit members had foreknowledge and hedged their stock market bets in anticipation of the event. In other words, I will present incontrovertible evidence that this event was planned in order to achieve multiple goals in order to further agenda of certain special interests.
Further, this series will also expose the fact that the evidence complied from the Executive Filings of President Obama indicates that it is likely that he had foreknowledge of the impending catastrophe in the Gulf. Additionally, this series will demonstrate that the events in the Gulf are part of a regional depopulation scheme.
Readers will also learn that the ongoing nature of this false flag event will contribute to the total transition of the American economy to a cap-and-trade system which has been championed by Obama and Valerie Jarrett, from several years ago, which culminated in Obama, a supposed outsider, capturing the Presidency with very little political experience.
Starting at the beginning, it was clear that BP was going to be used as the symbolic fall guy in order to usher a new set of dynamics to the Gulf. However, the powers that be provided BP with a “soft landing” with regard to the potential punitive actions brought against BP.
Every story has a beginning, so let’s review how, what will prove to be the biggest false flag event in the history of our country, unfolded.
Destitution Rather Than Restitution
You remember Ken Feinberg, don’t you? This is the same Ken Feinberg who was in charge of denying medical coverage to 9/11 first responders, which resulted in the premature deaths of many of 9/11′s first responders because of the lack of sufficient medical treatment from claims denied by him. As you read the following paragraphs, you will be shocked as to how history has been allowed to repeat itself.
BP has shamelessly used the event to falsely promote its generosity toward the residents of the Gulf by providing full restitution for tiny minority of residents, thus restoring its public image in the mind of the average American couch potato who believes everything they see on television.
Following the Gulf oil spill, there was a collective mainstream media frenzy which focused on how well BP was responding to the crisis. This was accompanied by BP’s incessant public service announcements in which the oil giant would feature one of their “average” employees professing to being a “local” in which they vowed, on behalf of BP, “to not leave until we make it right.”
All Is Well, Go Back To Sleep American Sheep
Is all well in the Gulf today? After 34 months, did BP make it right? There are two answers to this question, no and hell no! According to BP’s YouTube channel, BP has made complete restitution to the victims of the oil spill and all is indeed well and the American public should be willing to move on to other issues and forget about the Gulf.
BP’s YouTube video channel does make a compelling case that the Gulf is well on its way to a full recovery. Bryan and Brooke Zar, the owners of Restaurant des Families located in Crown Point Louisiana, claim that BP restored their restaurant to a level of profitability just in time for the 2011 spring break vacation period and that “the beaches are again clean”.
An example of BP’s YouTube channel propaganda featured Rick Scali as he describes his return to profitability as his vacation rental home business in Destin, Florida had fallen upon tough times as a result of the oil spill.
Scali claims that BP made his rental business whole when he showed BP the rental cancellation slips and was promptly paid for his losses by BP and today all, is again, well. There you have it, all is well on the Gulf Coast Front, or that is what BP, the mainstream media and the government would have the public believe.
Voices from the Gulf: Florida Business Owners
Uploaded on 24 Oct 2010
Meet Bryan and Brooke Zar, owners of the Restaurant de Familles in Crown Point, Louisiana. The restaurant started seeing fewer customers because of the oil spill, but was hired by BP to help feed response workers, as part of BP’s initiative to work with local businesses across the Gulf and keep them viable during the spill. “And we’re still here,” says Brooke. “It’s been tough, but we’re still cooking.” To learn more about BP’s ongoing response, visit http://bp.com/gulfofmexico
Uploaded on 10 Jan 2011
Rick Scali and his wife manage vacation rental homes in Destin, Florida, and rely on tourists to make a living. They were completely booked in 2010 — until the oil spill occurred. BP made up the Scalis’ lost revenue and hired teams of workers to clean the beaches. Now, the Scalis are welcoming back visitors and know that the beautiful Destin beaches can “give you the best vacation ever.” Read more at http://www.bp.com/gulfofmexico about BP’s ongoing commitment to the Gulf.
Despite the voluminous coverage of the oil spill by the mainstream media, the range of coverage was actually quite narrow. The Coast Guard promptly established no fly zones over much of the impacted beach areas and the oil spill area itself. Reporters were restricted to what they could cover in the beach areas and were threatened with arrest if they strayed into “forbidden zones.”
This prompted an on-air emotional tirade regarding the undue restrictions on media’s coverage by CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Nor was there any meaningful coverage of Halliburton applying the highly controversial dispersants of Corexit 9500 and Corexit 9527.
However, there was plenty of media coverage of President Obama walking the beaches and eating the local shrimp in a thinly veiled effort on the part of the government and BP in promoting the notion that all is well.
There are other voices, albeit quieter voices, outside of the mainstream media and the BP propaganda machine, which tell a far different side of BP’s efforts “to make it right.” Consider the case of Empire, Louisiana fisherman, Elmer Rogers, as he presents his story which differs considerable from the BP and U.S. government media spin, when at a local Town Hall meeting in Lafitte, LA., recorded by WWLT TV, from New Orleans, he pleaded with BP’s front man for Gulf compensation, Ken Feinberg, to help him when Rogers referenced his stalled claim he presented to BP for the loss of his fishing business;
“I’m not asking for the world, I’m just asking for something to live on, man. That’s all I’m asking for. At Thanksgiving, I was under review. My kids barely ate. I barely ate. Christmas came. My child is 13 years old. She got nothing. You know what she woke up to? No water in the house, and no power. What you want me to do? Get on my knees and beg for it?” When at this point, Rogers dropped to his knees and said, “Look, I’m here, I’m on my knees for it. I need my money sir, to live.
Empire fisherman Elmer Rogers appeared at the hearing held by BP claims adjuster Kenneth Feinberg and laid out in great detail the impact of not getting his needed funds has had on him. view full article
Mr. Rogers did hear from Feinberg the next day. However, Mr. Rogers was never made whole. I dare anyone to watch the Rogers video and not feel Mr. Rogers pain. I dare anybody to not watch Feinberg’s insensitive response to Rogers and not be filled with rage. And I dare anyone to read part two of this series as the stories of people like Kindra Arnesen, interviewed on The Common Sense Show, are unveiled as she speaks directly about the financial and health devastation visited upon the Gulf by BP with the assistance of the federal government (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4,Part 5, Part 6).
BP was ordered to pay $20 billion in restitution to the Gulf spill victims. Twenty billion dollars was not nearly enough to cover the losses in the Gulf. Conservative estimates put the damage in the Gulf at $90 billion. Cherri Foytlin, the co-founder of Gulf Change, a community organization in Louisiana “Most of the people I care about are hungry, they’ve lost their house, they’re losing their cars…” Foytlin went on to say that “The amount paid out averages nearly 16,000 dollars per claimant. But according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the 2009 poverty threshold for a family of three was 18,310 dollars.”
BP’s claims that they won’t leave until they make it right, must indicate that BP is taking up permanent residence in the Gulf. They will never make it right and they signaled this intention when BP hired Ken Feinberg to disburse the reimbursement funds to the oil spill victims. It is clear that Feinberg is working to save as much of the government payout fund for BP as he can.
To date, Feinberg has dispensed only $4 billion of the $20 billion dollars ordered for restitution. Maybe that is because the government in their complicity in covering up these events and acting as an agent to mitigate the damage to BP, is allowing BP to pay Feinberg’s firm to the tune of $850,000 per month! Talk about the fox watching the hen house.
BP will never make these poor victims whole and with the help of the media and government officials, they will never have to. Financial destitution is the least of the problems for the residents of the Gulf.
The depth of this monumental conspiracy is going to be revealed in subsequent parts of this series as I have reopened the investigation into the “Ongoing Great Gulf Coast Holocaust” and the devastation will prove to far worse than originally believed.
Dave is an award winning psychology, statistics and research professor, a college basketball coach, a mental health counselor, a political activist and writer who has published dozens of editorials and articles in several publications such as Freedoms Phoenix, News With Views and The Arizona Republic. The Common Sense Show features a wide variety of important topics that range from the loss of constitutional liberties, to the subsequent implementation of a police state under world governance, to exploring the limits of human potential. The primary purpose of The Common Sense Show is to provide Americans with the tools necessary to reclaim both our individual and national sovereignty.