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2 Years After the BP Oil Spill, Is the Gulf Ecosystem Collapsing?

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2 Years After the BP Oil Spill, Is the Gulf Ecosystem Collapsing?

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:

  • A recent report also notes that there are flesh-eating bacteria in tar balls of BP oil washing up on Gulf beaches

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.

 

Eyeless shrimp

 

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.

 

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“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.”

 

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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].”

 

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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.”

 

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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.”

 

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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.”

 

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“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:

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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 points out that the White House pressured scientists to underestimate BP spill size. And see this Forbes write up, and our previous reporting on the topic.

This is exactly like Fukushima and the financial mess, because   government's approach to crises is consistent, no matter what area we are talking about: let the giant companies which fund political campaigns do whatever they want ... and then help them cover up the extent of the crisis once it inevitably hits.

 

 

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Thu, 04/19/2012 - 08:08 | 2357687 Element
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GS ... put a steak on a bench (in an insect free room) and leave it there ... then come back in a week ... and you will find that it has been mostly 'eaten' or liquefied by "flesh-eating bacteria" that and I quote, "could kill humans".

feckin duh!

If there's a real problem, and there appear to be many, then why for the fear-mongering discreditable embellishment?

Jus sayin

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 06:30 | 2357579 orangegeek
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btw - oil is leaked into  the ocean through cracks in the ocean floor - nature takes care of this - bacteria in the water consume the oil - the same bacteria that consumed the Gulf oil.

 

Yes, too much at once is a problem.   But the bacteria do eventually catch up.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 06:28 | 2357572 orangegeek
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Of course not.  The Gulf is just fine.  The Gulf was fine a long time ago.

 

But this "disaster" gave Barry and Soros the political means to fire up deep sea drilling off the coast of Brazil and shut down Gulf production.

 

There's a ton of oil out there - only politics and agendas keep it in the ground and keep the prices artificially high.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 05:14 | 2357520 Sanksion
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Take it as a new opportunity to provoke some mutations toward new species more resistant toward oil spill. :)

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 04:57 | 2357504 forrestdweller
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EVIL.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 02:32 | 2357411 Lost Wages
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Destruction of the natural environment is one more way of making you dependent on scientific civilization for your survival... but I don't think they can get themselves out of this one.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 03:14 | 2357431 AnAnonymous
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An interesting point. More to dig from that.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 07:08 | 2357622 my puppy for prez
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....like human depopulation agenda.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 02:24 | 2357397 q99x2
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Yeah. That's the NWO banksters. They're specialists at f'n everything up.

Don't ever let one of them into your house. They adapt best when kept in zoos which reminds me I have to go wash my Bernanke.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 01:43 | 2357372 plata pura
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Damn skippy; corexit 3,4,5 and 7 alter humans genetically. Posterity in that region are going to suffer.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 00:59 | 2357315 The Heart
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Just wait until they see what crawls out of the Pacific ocean soon.

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Thu, 04/19/2012 - 00:43 | 2357293 Dingleberry
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Serves them right. Those states affected continually vote for pro-oil politicians. They made their bed. They can wallow in it. And their kids can be born with three eyes n' shit from moms eating toxic Po' boys......I am still waiting for someone to go to jail for killing those dozen oil workers. I'm also waiting for the justice dept. to charge some fuckers for this economic holocaust. I seem to recall a bunch of BP scum execs taking the 5th when called to testify before Congress. I guess BP spent a few more bucks on "campaign donations", since I ain't hearing shit about it anymore. And the MSM seems to be mysteriously silent on this issue. Hmm.....

 

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 02:29 | 2357406 Lost Wages
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Unfortunately the whole world has to share the same crappy ocean. So while oil is pouring out of a well in the Gulf, glowing radioactive water is pouring out of Fukushima in Japan. Someday the nuclear waste shall meet with the putrid black Earth blood and Cthulhu shall be reborn.

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 23:40 | 2357151 tony bonn
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god bless you george.....i knew this ecoterrorism and the lies covering it up would never end....bp is running a concentration camp in the gulf and should be tried for crimes against humanity, dismembered, and its senior executives tried for capital crimes....i hate bp and have still not purchased anything from that vile scum of satan's asshole and never will....

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 23:37 | 2357144 Bansters-in-my-...
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Fuck the U.S Congress...

Bunch of usless tits.

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 23:08 | 2357094 bluebare
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Another thank you for sharing this information here, GW.

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 22:05 | 2356978 nothing can go wrogn
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If indiustrial civilization manages to miraculously leave any human survivors when the collapse is over. They will have legends about us that will last for millenia.

We will be remembered as an ignorant and selfish people living in a dark age, completely cut off from life, nature and the cosmos. All our so called achievements like penicilin and ipads or whatever will be long forgotten. That will all pale in comparison to the horrid, toxic wasteland. The burnt out buildings, smoking nuclear power plants and dead oceans.

It will be like the Navajo and Chaco canyon. Navajo children are warned to stay far away from Chaco canyon for whatever evils once occured in the Chacoan civilization.

There is a tiny sliver of hope though. These survivors of industrial civilization will be so repulsed by their ancestors that they may create a new human culture based on doing exactly the opposite of what we did. Using the failure of industrial civilization as a template on exactly what not to do, and how not to live.

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 22:47 | 2357063 El Hosel
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Deny,deny,deny.... "We do not see genetic mutations within that ecosystem". Move along and toss another mutant shrimp on the BP barbe.

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 22:45 | 2357060 tempo
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The progressives in CA don't give a crap about the religous fools in the South. The Gulf coast brags about being in the "oil patch" and all its wealth generation. The progressives believe you deserve the environmental hell that you purchased with your soul. You will learn a hard lesson, tough love so to speak and will turn green. Its the plan.

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 22:33 | 2357032 Decolat
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Didn't know about the Chaco Canyon evil. Doesn't surprise me though. I've been there and walked on the trash heaps they left behind. Did a select few instill fear to force people to build up and maintain a 'society'? Happens over and over throughout history. I'm sure sociopathic assholes of modern times saw their examples as a way to get selfishly rich and immortalized. 

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 21:45 | 2356945 Conchy Joe
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While the BP spill itself is horriffic at least it can be said that it was an accident (albeit due to possible negligence)

The addition of dispersants was done with the FULL BLESSING of our supposed environmental protection agency.

They knew what this would do - keep the oil off the beaches and off the news - not protect anything.

If we had had a spill of the surfactants alone, that would have been the greatest environmental disaster in the history of the Gulf.

 

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 22:10 | 2356990 Freddie
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+1

This is more Hope & Change's fault than BP/Rothschild....and BP sucks.   Didn't Buffett own or buy the dispersant company?

Hope & Change kept everyone away including the Dutch who could have fixed the problem quickly.

 

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 22:36 | 2357037 sosoome
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EPA regs prevented use of Dutch skimmers: http://www.rnw.nl/english/article/dutch-oil-spill-response-team-standby-us-oil-disaster?page=3

The Dutch skimmers are the most advanced in the world, and were readily available to be flown on site: http://www.koseq.com/

Those skimmers could then have been outfitted onto U.S. Merchant Marine vessels, which were standing at the ready:

"‘We proposed last Monday that if BP and the Coast Guard will immediately set up a system to let us know their needs, we should be able to meet the requirements of the response effort without disruption. We hope that they are giving our proposal serious consideration’, added Mr Wells."  Full article: http://www.maritimejournal.com/news101/gulf-spill-raises-jones-act-issues

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 06:43 | 2357592 onthesquare
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men are visually affected when it comes to oil spills and porn.  That is why they had to use the dispersents so we could not see its magnitude.  Now where is that other visual stimulant?

 

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 00:37 | 2357280 sosoome
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BP could have used a little prodding, and would have, if, always the if, if we had some leadership on Pennsylvania Avenue.

I lay it squarely at OBarry's feet. Knowing all of the above I posted and peering out into the gulf weeks on end seeing a few desperate shrimp boats dragging boom made me want to puke. I don't know what caused his incompetence, but it was a crime and dereliction of duty.

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 21:40 | 2356934 sosoome
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I live in the area and won't eat the seafood.

I'm convinced it was the clean-up method (dispersants) which caused the problems.  Mechanical methods were available but unused.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 06:26 | 2357569 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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Correct. They used *hundreds of millions of gallons* just to keep the oil off the surface and out of the news. Somebody made a fortune off of this. The dispersant also screws up the thermocline between warm and cold water and has screwed up the Gulf Stream. Look it up.

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 21:31 | 2356924 putaipan
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my oh my...bp has more trolls than the fed and cass combined!

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 06:53 | 2357601 TheFourthStooge-ing
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BP: profit before people or planet.

 

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 21:25 | 2356912 Poofter Priest
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Thanks again GW for tracking/reporting this.

 

Too soon this sort of stuff just gets forgotten.

 

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 21:08 | 2356867 ShankyS
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Thanks GW - Keep the news flowing. This is another incident we can't let the globalists just sweep under another rug. Much appreciated. 

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 20:45 | 2356801 blunderdog
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As I recall, the "worst case scenario" was that there'd be a massive hurricane that would push a lot of the Corexit-polluted water all over the Southeast, poisoning a lot of the ecosystem of the N. American landmass AS WELL AS the Gulf itself.

That didn't happen, so it's not quite the "worst case scenario."

However, for sure that place is fucked, and obviously nature can't clean up a billion gallon oil-spill in just a couple years.  We should definitely keep track of this--if the rate of eyebrow cancer amongst eaters of Gulf seafood has increased a few thousand times over the next 30 years, at least we'll know WHY.

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 21:58 | 2356965 nmewn
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Yes, I can tell you first hand this place is a disaster.

Please, for the love of God and everything you hold dear...everyone stay away from here ;-)

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 20:10 | 2356713 lakecity55
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It should also be noted the "environmental lobby" forced drilling to go far offshore, thus extending the danger of a malfunctrion via riskier deep-drilling.

Any oil spill is disatrous, but one in shallow water is easier to plug.

There is plenty of blame to go around; and environmentalists are due their share.

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 20:50 | 2356812 Reformed Sheep
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They were forced to drill further out because that's where the reserves are - the 'easy' oil is gone already.

 

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 21:57 | 2356960 WAMO556
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I dought that! For example - in California - no oil rigs within eyesight of the coast line so that the surfers can enjoy their surfing and coast consciousness while wave riding. For real. To say that the the environmentalists have not driven the oil rigs further and further offshore is like saying "water is not wet"  - sarc off.

I would think that further research on your part will better support your position.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 00:18 | 2357249 Money Squid
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Wamo - your post proves your are retarded, but how retarded are you? http://www.sfgate.com/maps/oil/

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 23:56 | 2357207 TSA gropee
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Great article GW. But isn't even more elemental than just being about oil? Money and the power that often goes along with it...JMHO

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 20:04 | 2356699 Benjamin Glutton
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Thank You George.

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 20:03 | 2356693 Smokey1
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Yeah, George. It's another fucking conspiracy.

The thousands of people who masterminded the 9/11 coupe decided that killing 4000+ innocent Americans wasn't enough. So they rigged explosives and blew that fucking well in the Gulf to smithereens. Their hope was that it would never be capped and that it would contaminate the beaches and sea life off the Gulf forever. They prayed that the fallout would kill thousands more innocent citizens.

But it was DEFINITELY a conspiracy by evildoers.

BTW, Bin Laden isn't dead. He's on the CIA payroll and is sitting poolside in Buenes Aires drinking a margarita with Elvis and Bigfoot this instant.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 06:17 | 2357558 BlackVoid
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Bin Laden has been dead since 2001.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 04:29 | 2357477 bunnyswanson
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Devious men are at large.  There is no mistaking that.  In my view, the conspiracy was to clear the gulf of commercial and residential inhabitants in order to create ports for exports (keystone pipeline) and possibly more.  Intentional environmental disaster to lower prices of coastal land is conceivable with the element in charge, at least those on display. 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Gfzp_bAaW8   http://www.www.corridorwatch.org/ttc_2007/CWV0702090.htm   OK-SAFE sees a concerted, dedicated and well funded effort by Social and Economic Elites to transition the United States from a Representative Republic to a Socialist Group Democracy and finally into a World Governmental Structure.
Thu, 04/19/2012 - 07:21 | 2357628 my puppy for prez
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Don't forget Agenda 21 and the Wildlands Project!  If they get their way, we will all be hoarded into crowded urban centers, leaving 50% of the land "rewilded".  This really IS their agenda.  They will use whatever means necessary to drive us from the majority of the land.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 03:33 | 2357443 All Out Of Bubblegum
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You're one of those nutball coincidence theorists, aren't you?

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 23:53 | 2357185 DaveyJones
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that's right governments never turn on their people, never.

you do realize a "conspiracy" is two or more people forwarding a criminal motive. Isn't that the definition of Congress? 

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 21:11 | 2356878 Stoploss
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No conspiracy theory.

We are selling our shitty, fucked up seafood to you dumb ass.

And you never even new it.

B'on appetit'e smoketard.

(When it's dressed and breaded, you can't tell it never had eyes)    ;)

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 21:46 | 2356792 DavidPierre
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S1:ES !

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