After having heard about several scientists that were gulfstream experts I then either lost track or they were not published or interviewed again after the BP well in the Gulf was capped. One of the experts in the gulf stream was an Italian scientist ironically.
After seeing the headlines, snow in Rome for 1st time since 1985, I began to wonder if the oil spill from the Macondo well has had an effect on the Gulf stream. Europe depends on the warm water from the stream to help keep things warm over there.
I will continue to look for the scientists willing and able to put out decent info in this regard and I will keep you informed.
Just sayin…keep thinking and looking for the information. You can be sure that BP and other Governmental agencies will try to suppress any information that supports the theory that the oil spilled has affected the Gulf Stream.
I have embedded an article written by Bruce Wiseman and he is convinced that oil is still gushing in the gulf and a massive cover up has been going on for months now. In support of his conclusions we have a very untrustworthy government and an equally criminal corporation, BP. We also saw news just several weeks ago about the huge oil slick in the gulf and that more barriers were needed along the coast line and then the Coast Guard, being the experts in oil spills now, ‘investigated’ and said it wasn’t from the Deepwater Horizon site…and that was all no further explanation.
A COLOSSAL COVERUP
It is one of the biggest cover-ups in US history.
The oil is still gushing in the Gulf.
All available data indicates that the original wellhead was never capped: the latitude and longitude of the camera through which we were all watching the oil spew from the wellhead actually changed to a wellhead 7 miles away, and that is the one they capped. No mention has ever been made of the original wellhead since then. That’s right, they plugged another well and showed a picture of that one.
So that is lie number one.
In addition, it is a known certainty that the seabed was fractured so badly for miles around the original well that oil has continued to spew uncontrollably from the sea floor, with no way to plug it.
This has been withheld from the public. Number two.
If oil is pouring from a well and cracks in the ocean floor, why the Hell can’t we see it?
The answer to this is two-fold.
First and foremost, someone is continuing to spray the Gulf with the chemical “dispersant” called Corexit. Corexit breaks up the oil so that it quickly sinks below the surface and is hidden from view. Once there, it spreads the mutant concoction throughout the water creating a toxic environment from which the marine life cannot escape. It eventually sinks it to the bottom of the ocean where it continues to do long-term damage to the entire marine eco system – but that’s not all.
The EPA has stated that Corexit ceased being used on July 19th, 2010. But unmarked, military-type aircraft (C-130s and C123s) have been flying sorties over the Gulf in the dead of night, spraying the poison over the now-toxic ocean to conceal the fact that voluminous amounts of oil are still spewing into the water. The amount of oil reaching the surface has become so evident that they are now risking being photographed spraying during daylight. Lie number 3.
Photo of Corexit being sprayed next to the beach
at Long Beach, Mississippi on March 15th, 2011
The dispersant may hide the oil but it is doing massive damage to the eco-system – massive. Moreover, Corexit has one other little problem – it is carcinogenic.
In fact, this chemical is so toxic, that people handling it are instructed by the manufacturer’s product handling information to wear Haz Mat suits and full-blown respirators. Unfortunately for thousands of cleanup workers, BP wouldn’t allow them to wear the suits because they didn’t want it to look like there was any danger attached to the cleanup – it might increase their liability.
Not only is the seafood from the Gulf now laced with this stuff (despite the government’s statement to the contrary – #4), the relentless spraying has initiated a massive human health crisis.
According to one study, a staggering 50% of the people in the Gulf are experiencing the toxic effects of the Corexit-laden atmosphere. Moreover, there is a report from one of the gulf oil cleanup workers that, “Thousands of Gulf Oil Spill clean-up crew are dying.”
These workers are experiencing symptoms such as severe neurological damage, kidney and liver failure, paralysis, internal bleeding, “flu” symptoms that won’t go away, and death.
You can see the story of one woman who has documented her own case and that of many others. (It’s not pretty. Don’t watch if you have a weak stomach.)
This isn’t just another health problem: this is an apocalyptic and immediate health crisis.
So, while we are now engaged in a third “war” against a dictator in Libya for human rights abuses against his own people, BP, the EPA and other government entities are engaged in a cover up of an ecological disaster by secretly spraying a virulent poison into the Gulf that is destroying the eco-system, the fishing industry and the lives of people that live and work there.
A deadly hypocrisy.
A hypocrisy that is hidden in plain sight.
I said there were two reasons that you couldn’t see the oil. The other “reason” is…you can see it. The oil is now coming up in such massive amounts that it is overwhelming the ability of the Corexit to hide it. And, as mentioned above, the C-130s are now taking the extraordinary step of spraying in daylight.
These pictures were taken over the Gulf on March 19, 2011 by a professional aerial photographer from a private plane.
Just a little odd when BP and the EPA say the well was capped on July 19th, 2010 and that there was no more evidence of oil. Per journalist Harlan Kirgan, who attended a press conference held by Mike Utsler, chief operating officer of BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration,
“Utsler said, ‘We are actually very encouraged. And, I say we collectively as federal, state, local and trustees and landowners at the progress that has been made in the state of readiness for the upcoming tourism season.’
“Utsler said the overwhelming body of peer-reviewed science that has been published has shown there is no longer an oil plume.”
Unfortunately for Big Mike’s credibility, 5 days later, the Grand Isle and Fourchon beaches in Louisiana underwent a military-type takeover to shut them down completely and prevent anyone from getting anywhere near them, especially independent scientists who wanted to take samples of the massive oil plume rolling in.
If you want to see more current pictures of the oil in the Gulf, including pictures of fishing boats fishing in the middle of masses of oil, go here:
So why am I telling you this shocking and tragic story?
Because something needs to be done about it and there is a solution.
I have done something here, which I don’t normally do. And that is, I am forwarding information from my wife’s work.
Those of you that are also on her email list know some of what I have told you above. And some of you know Barb. But for those that don’t, she is the International President of The Earth Organization http://www.TheEarthOrganization.org , an independent, international conservation and environmental organization.
So, here’s the deal: Barb and the US staff of The Earth Organization have been working on this situation flat out for several months –night and day, 24/7; New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Florida. They came across a solution – a product that dramatically speeds up Mother Nature’s natural processes of cleaning up the oil in a non-toxic way. Whereas, nature would take over a century to clean up the massive amounts of oil in this spill, this method would do it in a matter of a few weeks – and with absolutely no adverse side effects.
The product has been used to clean up more than 16,000 oil spills planet-wide over the last two decades. I repeat, 16,000.
What is the reaction of British Petroleum and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency when informed about the toxic nature of Corexit (which they already knew) and the eye-popping results of the natural product, which they also were aware of? … …A product which has been used over 100 times by the US Navy to clean up oil spills just in San Diego Bay?…
They won’t let the product anywhere near the Gulf.
“Impossible,” you say. “How could a government agency whose purpose is to clean up the environment and protect the public’s health, permit an oil company to poison the eco-system and thousands of Americans?”
You could just as easily ask how the FDA, an agency charged with protecting the public’s health, can approve drugs that cause heart attacks, suicidality and death, while stopping or curtailing non-toxic health solutions that are nutritionally beneficial.
There are plenty of other examples. I’m sure you know of some. But my purpose here is not to investigate all of the evil on the planet; my purpose here is to let you know that a national tragedy is occurring right under our noses and there is a solution available.
Barb and her team have investigated this catastrophe and its solution relentlessly. She is working with world class scientists, professional investigators, state and federal legislators, activists and manufacturers of a product that can clean up the oil spill in a beneficial and non-toxic way.
Neither she nor The Earth Organization have any financial interest in the product; their sole intention is to halt the environmental catastrophe still occurring in the Gulf, return the waters to even better than their pre-blowout condition, and save the lives of millions of people living and working there.
Last week, she took evidence of the situation to key members of the United States Congress in an effort to get the EPA to cease allowing the spraying of Corexit in the Gulf and permit natural solutions to be implemented.
She had several meetings. They went extremely well. Key congressional committee staff have asked for some additional information, which her team is in the process of gathering. But they are up against one of the biggest oil companies in the world with 96,000 employees and revenues of $297 billion, and a rogue government agency that is supporting the poisoning of the environment and citizenry in the Gulf on a colossal scale.
Which actually makes it a pretty even fight; but it’s costly, folks.
The Earth Organization is a registered nonprofit. They rely on the donations of members and supporters. This last cache of information requested by congressional staff is available, but a number of high-priced professionals are needed to scientifically document certain aspects of this, and to bring the necessary pressure to bear to get this situation turned around.
So I am writing to you to give her a hand.
We all devote a great deal of time, money and effort to make this a better world. This project, brought to a successful conclusion, will not only save an enormous area of environment, massive numbers of marine life and wildlife, but countless human lives.
I don’t mean to be gruesome, but people poisoned by the Corexit there are suffering agonizing deaths.
What do you say, can you give Barb and The Earth Organization a hand in bringing an ethical solution to the toxic holocaust now occurring in the Gulf.
God will smile.
Click the link below to donate.
And thanks for your help!
There have been preliminary reports that the Coast Guard is investigating a huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico reported to be about 100 long by 10 miles wide and 20 miles away from the Deepwater Horizon well that we all know so well! There are unconfirmed reports that new oil is coming onshore in Louisiana and that new ‘boom’ to stop the oil has been laid out.
As we learn more of this we will let you know. As if we needed anything else to go haywire…earthquakes, volcanoes, war breaking out in Libya, tsunamis and nuclear meltdowns…what else?
Given the sheer volume on incidents and the fact that none of these is ‘small’ by any means, don’t you think it about time to consider preparing for an event that might make things harder on your family. Some stored foods, water and fuel might be a good idea.
On Darren’s show last night he mentioned some disturbing information about the cold temperatures and a possible relationship to the oil spill and the Gulf Stream.
You probably were as shocked as I at the evidence that the gulf stream has stalled or perhaps even stopped 200 plus miles off North Carolina. Catch the newsletter on keeping warm and healthy this winter and take a few minutes to view the following clips that explain this whole gulf stream event brought on by the effects of the gulf oil spill. The videos, of which there are 3 parts explain the science behind this catastrophe that has the potential to usher in a new mini ice age.
This is a global game changer!
What everyone knows yet the government and certainly not BP are going to admit, there is indeed oil on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. How it is going to affect sea life and humans has yet to be determined. The speculation is all over the place on that accord, but it is safe to say that marine life will continue to be affected greatly!
How long before the government admits there has been a major environmental catastrophe here? My answer would be about as long as it has taken them to admit and rectify all the screw ups after Katrina…read not now not ever!
Oil spill Crisis in the Gulf of Mexico
By Rick Jervis, USA TODAY
NEW ORLEANS — Scientists who were aboard two research vessels studying the Gulf of Mexico oil spill’s impact on sea life have found substantial amounts of oil on the seafloor, contradicting statements by federal officials that the oil had largely disappeared.
Scientists on the research ship Cape Hatteras found oil in samples dug up from the seafloor in a 140-mile radius around the site of the Macondo well, said Kevin Yeager, a University of Southern Mississippi assistant professor of marine sciences. He was the chief scientist on the research trip, which ended last week.
Oil found in samples ranged from light degraded oil to thick raw crude, Yeager said.
A research team on a ship called the Arctic Sunrise, sponsored by the environmental activist group Greenpeace, also turned up traces of oil in sediment samples as well as evidence of chemical dispersants in blue crab larvae and long plumes of oxygen-depleted water emanating from the well site 50 miles off Louisiana’s coast.
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Greenpeace was scheduled to announce its findings at a news conference today. Its trip also ended last week.
“Clearly, there appears to be vast volumes of oil present on the seafloor,” Yeager said. “We saw considerable evidence of it.”
Yeager said his team still needs to “fingerprint” the samples in labs to determine definitively that the oil came from the runaway well. The sheer abundance of oil and its proximity to the well site, though, makes it “highly likely” that the oil is from the Macondo well, he said.
The findings add to an ongoing debate between academic researchers and federal scientists, who have differed on the oil spill’s impact on the Gulf. The Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank in April, killing 11 crewmembers and releasing more than 100 million gallons of oil before it was sealed Sept. 18. BP leased the rig and is responsible for the spill’s cleanup, while the U.S. Coast Guard is overseeing response and cleanup work.
Federal officials have said that most of the oil has evaporated or been devoured by oil-eating microbes. Last week, Steve Lehmann, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and a top science adviser to the Coast Guard, told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that his agency has not found any oil on the seafloor.
“The concept of a big slick of oil sinking to the bottom is kind of an anathema,” he said. “We have not found anything that we would consider actionable at 5,000 feet or 5 feet.”
Debbie Payton, a NOAA oceanographer leading the agency’s subsurface oil monitoring, said NOAA scientists have detected an oily sheen in some of the sediments samples they’ve taken near the well site, but early results from lab analysis so far have not shown any oil particles.
Part of the discrepancy between federal and academic scientists may come from how NOAA scientists lower the multi-ton machinery used to collect the samples, known as a “multiple corer,” into the sea, said Samantha Joye, a University of Georgia marine sciences professor who was one of the first to discover oily sediment in the seafloor.
Lowering the multiple corer too fast could disrupt the fine sediment on the seafloor and disperse oil particles, she said.
“These are really fine layers,” Joye said. “If you don’t know what you’re doing, you’re not going to find oil.”
The three-month Greenpeace research trip aboard the Arctic Sunrise included scientists from Tulane University and Texas A&M University at Galveston, said John Hocevar, Greenpeace’s oceans campaign director who participated in the expedition.
The Tulane scientists found traces of what appeared to be the dispersant Clorexit, used to break up the gush of oil during the spill, in blue crab larvae, Hocevar said. A third team of scientists took whale recordings in the deep Gulf and will study them to see if the mammal’s numbers have dwindled and, if so, what role the oil might have played, he said.
Clif Nunnally, a doctoral student and manager of the deep sea biology lab at Texas A&M who was on the Arctic Sunrise, said he gathered sediment samples 6 miles north of the well site that clearly had oil in them.
“There’s definitely oil there,” Nunnally said. “Now it’s a matter of getting all the samples up and determining what the impact is on the animals there.”
Yeager said the next step is to try to determine what lasting effects the oil in the sediment may have on the worms, plankton and other invertebrates burrowed in the seafloor muck and what ripple effects that could trigger up the food chain to humans.
“From this point forward, this becomes largely a bottom-up story,” he said. “What’s troubling to me is we know almost nothing about what’s happening on the seafloor in relation to this oil.”
I am still recommending that folks that live near the most affected areas continue to do things that will strengthen their lungs and immune systems.
I understand that there is a lot of economic activity associated with oil exploration in the Gulf. The lack thereof affecting peoples lives and livelihoods. I ask that people take a long hard very pragmatic look at the potential fall out from any ‘mistakes’ from said exploration.
You will not find the consequences reported on Main Stream Media and just because it isn’t there does not mean that they don’t exist! They do and they appear to be deadly. My question is why don’t we as a people demand that the President come up with a comprehensive energy policy, unveil many of the patented, already discovered, alternative energy methods and let’s get busy making them…here in the U.S.!!!
To date no one has had the foresight, wisdom or courage to design such a policy. Too much money at stake for the corporatacracy I suspect. Yet another example of ‘We the People’ being sold out! Oh and just for the record, I don’t believe that these ‘new safety’ standard mean a thing. They are apt to be worthless when tested in real life!
Obama team lifts Gulf Coast oil drilling moratorium
President Obama during a May visit to the Gulf Coast.
By SAUL LOEB, AFP/Getty Images
The moratorium on deep water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has been lifted because new safety standards will make a disastrous oil spill much less likely, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced today.
Drillers must meet “the higher bar we have set” in order to get new permits, Salazar said, including written certifications by oil company executives that they have met all the safety rules. Companies must also have specific plans for dealing with any spill.
It will take awhile for companies to resume actual drilling, though Salazar said “it will happen soon.” Michael Bromwich, director of the agency that oversees offshore drilling, said it would take “at least a couple of weeks” for specific permits to be approved.
President Obama put the moratorium in place while inspectors reviewed the safety of other Gulf Coast rigs in the wake of the massive BP oil spill.
The six-month moratorium was supposed to end on Nov. 30.
Gulf Coast businesses and lawmakers protested the moratorium as unnecessary and harmful to their economy. A federal report said the moratorium probably caused the temporary loss of 8,000 to 12,000 jobs in the Gulf region.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., responded by putting a Senate hold on the nomination of a new Obama budget director, Jack Lew.
Salazar said many observers will be displeased by the decision; some will find the new regulations “too onerous,” while others will say the moratorium is being lifted too soon because deep water drilling remains too risk.
But the U.S. still needs oil and gas from the Gulf Coast, Salazar said, even as the nation transitions to a clean energy economy.
“The truth is there will always be risks associated with deep water drilling,” Salazar said. “But we can and we will make the drilling … safer than it has ever been.”
David Guest, attorney for an environmental organization called Earthjustice, said deep water drilling “is intrinsically dangerous, as demonstrated by the BP spill, and it’s surprising the federal government thinks it has so quickly resolved all the problems that contributed to the spill.”
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Cal., ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, called the lifting of the moratorium “good news for the thousands of workers that had been displaced by an Administration policy that compounded the economic damaged caused by the oil spill.”
Moving forward,” Issa added, “the Administration should do everything it can to expedite and streamline the regulatory process to ensure the highest possible standard of safety while avoiding a de-facto moratorium-by-regulatory-delay and bureaucratic bottle neck that would be just as damaging to the Gulf economy as a blanket moratorium.”
(Posted by David Jackson)
In the coming election please don’t listen to the tripe these politicians are espousing on TV. Take a hard look, do some research and keep in mind that we don’t have any energy policy to speak of and it is very important. Could keep us out of many wars in the future if we were energy independent!
Well I have to hand it to the folks ‘in charge’ of stopping the leak and the clean up, they just keep on making fools of themselves and increasing the magnitude of this disaster.
Adm Allen needs to be replaced, like 2 months ago. He is so obviously in over his head that it just isn’t even funny. In this article he is quoted as saying the leaks 2 miles away coming from the ocean floor ‘probably’ aren’t caused by the leaking well…PROBABLY…why wasn’t the entire floor filmed, mapped and analyzed during the almost 3 months that all these monkeys sat around on their hands?
This just keeps getting so much better…I am feeling a bit sick to my stomach with this news. I can only hope and pray that Nature will somehow miraculously heal and quickly. Depending on these idiots to do anything is a huge stretch!
Is experimental well cap making disaster worse?
By COLLEEN LONG and MATTHEW DALY (AP) – 46 minutes ago
NEW ORLEANS — Scientists huddled Tuesday to analyze data from the ocean floor as they weigh whether a leaking well cap is a sign BP’s broken oil well is buckling.
Oil and gas started seeping into the Gulf of Mexico again Sunday night, but this time more slowly, and scientists aren’t sure whether the leaks mean the cap that stopped the flow last week is making things worse.
The government’s point man on the disaster, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, will decide again later Tuesday whether to continue the test of the experimental cap — meaning the oil would stay blocked in.
He said Monday the amount of oil leaking was so far inconsequential. But ever since the flow of oil was closed off Thursday, engineers have been glued to underwater cameras and pressure and seismic readings, trying to determine whether the cap is displacing pressure and causing leaks underground, which could make the sea bed unstable and cause the well to collapse.
“As a condition of moving forward with the well-integrity test, BP has to report to us any anomalies and act on those within four hours,” Allen said Monday.
Seepage from the sea floor also was detected over the weekend less than two miles away, but Allen said it probably has nothing to do with the well. Oil and gas are known to ooze naturally from fissures in the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.
At a Monday afternoon briefing in Washington, Allen said BP could keep the cap closed at least another 24 hours, as long as the company remained alert for leaks.
For those whose livelihood depends on clean waters, worries about the cap were tempered by relief that the oil stopped gushing.
“I’m for anything that will stop the oil from coming,” said Capt. Ty Fleming, who runs charter fishing trips in Orange Beach, Ala. said Tuesday. “I guess when you’ve got how many million gallons pouring out before, and now you have less, it’s like comparing a coconut hitting you in the head with a raisin. The raisin would be insignificant.”
BP and the government had been at odds over the company’s desire to simply leave the cap in place and employ it like a giant cork in a bottle until a relief well being drilled deep underground can be used to plug up the well permanently.
Allen initially said his preference was to pipe oil through the cap to tankers on the surface to reduce the slight chance that the buildup of pressure inside the well would cause a new blowout. That plan would require releasing millions more gallons of oil into the ocean for a few days during the transition — a spectacle BP apparently wants to avoid.
On Monday, Allen budged a bit, saying unless larger problems develop, he’s not inclined to open the cap.
Also on the table: Pumping drilling mud through the top of the cap and into the well bore to stop up the oil flow. The idea is similar to the failed top kill plan that couldn’t overcome the pressure of the geyser pushing up.
BP said it could work now because there’s less oil to fight against, but it wasn’t clear how such a method would affect the cap’s stability. Allen said the relief well was still the plan for a permanent fix.
BP and the government are still trying to understand why pressure readings from the well are lower than expected. Allen offered two possible explanations: The reservoir the oil is gushing from is dwindling, or there is an undiscovered leak somewhere down in the well.
“I’m not prepared to say the well is shut in until the relief well is done,” which is still several weeks away, Allen said. “There are too many uncertainties.”
BP and the Coast Guard learned that lesson the hard way after they initially said no oil was coming from the site of the Deepwater Horizon rig after it exploded April 20, killing 11 workers. Even after it became clear there was a leak, the company and its federal overseers drastically underestimated its size for weeks.
Government investigators are trying to determine whether BP missed a leak of hydraulic fluid in a critical safety device that could have prevented the disaster. A drilling supervisor testified Tuesday that he reported the leak to his supervisor weeks before explosion.
Ronald Sepulvado, a BP well site leader, told a panel of government investigators in suburban New Orleans he didn’t know if federal regulators were notified of the leak, as required.
Work on a permanent plug is moving steadily, with crews drilling into the side of the ruptured well from deep underground. By next week, they could start blasting in mud and cement to block off the well for good. Killing the well deep underground works more reliably than bottling it up with a cap.
Somewhere between 94 million and 184 million gallons have gushed into the Gulf over the past three months in one of America’s worst environmental crises.
BP PLC said the cost of dealing with the spill has now reached nearly $4 billion. The company said it has made payments totaling $207 million to settle claims for damages. Almost 116,000 claims have been submitted and more than 67,500 payments have been made. BP stock was down slightly Monday.
“I’m hoping that they’ll get everything cleaned up within the next one to two years. Let’s hope things will get back to normal,” said Terry Lash, manager of Doc’s Seafood Shack & Oyster Bar in Orange Beach, Ala. “We’re hurting really bad, but there are other restaurants that are worse than we are.”
Daly reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Erica Werner in Washington, David Dishneau in New Orleans, Michael Kunzelman in Kenner and Phuong Le in Orange Beach, Ala., contributed to this report.
Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
I keep hoping and praying that this well will stop leaking somehow. At this point it appears that prayer might be the only way it will end!
This will continue to be a problem for the people that have depended on the Gulf for a living and way of life. No one knows how long contamination concerns will last, how fast or even if the clean up effort will make things pristine again (fat chance of that happening).
Cajuns on Gulf Worry They May Need to Move Again
Jennifer Zdon for The New York Times
CHAUVIN, La. — Stanley Sevin knew it was time to have the difficult conversation with his parents when he saw the oil sheen shimmering under his family’s dock on the bayou. He had been putting it off ever since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in April.
“Sell the house and go start fresh somewhere else,” Mr. Sevin, 24, pleaded with his family, shrimpers of Cajun ancestry. “The business is dead and this life is over.”
For the Cajuns of South Louisiana — exiled in the 1700s from French settlements in Acadia, now part of eastern Canada, for refusing to swear allegiance to the British — life along the bayous has been bittersweet, with the constant threats of lightning-quick destruction from hurricanes and floods on top of the slow-motion agony of coastal erosion.
What they got in return for their tolerance of living in what early cartographers called No Man’s Land was a world-class bounty of seafood and freedom in an environment of striking natural beauty. Now that is in jeopardy.
The oil spill has delivered a dose of misery for all those who live intimately with the land here. But for the Cajuns, whose rustic French-American culture is almost wholly dependent on the natural bayous that open to the Gulf of Mexico, it has forced the question of whether they can preserve their way of life — and if so, at what cost?
“This has been the lowest low for me,” said O’Neil Sevin (pronounced SAY-vann), Stanley’s father, whose 45-foot skimmer, Heaven Bound, has been mostly bound to its dock on Bayou Petit Caillou because prime fishing areas are closed. The Sevins live above their fishing business on the bayou, and fish their dinner out of it, too. “My wife cried and cried over this. Just the other night she told me, ‘Thank God there isn’t a loaded gun in this house.’ ”
Along Little Bayou Black in Houma, north of Chauvin, Wylma Dusenbery, the matriarch of a large Cajun family of folk singers, said: “When our people got here from Nova Scotia, they called it ‘la paradis de la Louisiane.’ It was paradise.” She paused, then said sternly, “Nobody’s moving.”
Interviews with Cajuns along the coast show that the spill has also renewed a generations-old resolve to persevere in an inhospitable environment, for the sake of independence and family unity. They refuse to be expelled again, so they say, by a 21st-century menace spreading economic hardship in their beloved but grief-giving lowlands.
Many Cajuns can count on a few fingers the number of miles they have moved away from parents or grandparents. Ask Randy Jones, a deckhand on the Heaven Bound, how many generations his family has lived along Bayou Petit Caillou and he answers, “All of them.” Typical of many here, he cannot fathom another way of life.
“If you can’t trawl, you get a sideline job like I’m doing, carpentry,” said Mr. Jones, 50. He continued: “I don’t want to leave. Go somewhere else to learn how to fight something else like mudslides or earthquakes? I’m not inclined to do that.”
For a sport fisherman like Tim Dusenbery, 60, Wylma Dusenbery’s son, who works as a musician in Houma, the oil spill is a gut-wrenching cramp of lifestyle, but it does not affect his means of making a living. For O’Neil Sevin, a professional fisherman, however, the strain has been so bad as to require anti-anxiety medication.
“I really have a lot of pain inside of me not knowing what is truly going to happen,” Mr. Sevin confided to his journal. “I cannot relax. I do not want to get on medication, but I guess I have no choice.”
O’Neil Sevin is usually busy this time of year selling bait to deep-sea fishermen and seafood to retailers. On a good weekend last year, he said, it was not uncommon for the business to ring up $4,000 worth of sales in a day. He was up at 4:30 a.m. and busy until nightfall, when he would fish for fun.
Now he tries to fill his days with odd jobs around the dock, about 25 miles inland from the gulf, to keep busy. He might use his free time to learn the dying Cajun art of shrimp-net sewing from his 73-year-old father, who built a successful life around shrimp but spends most of his time these days with a plastic needle in hand, weaving the worry away.
So far, O’Neil Sevin has received $21,000 in compensation checks from BP to partly cover continuing lost wages and is negotiating for more. Mr. Sevin, who said the business made $56,000 in May 2009 alone, also considered what he called the loathsome prospect of working for BP in the cleanup, but his boat was rejected.
Despite warnings not to do so, the family continues to eat fish out of the bayou that they catch together in the evenings. On the dock at dusk, Stanley Sevin dropped a line fishing for speckled trout and shrugged off health concerns. Deep frying makes it O.K., he said.
Their minds are preoccupied with oil. O’Neil Sevin’s wife, Samantha, 45, acknowledged that she was so distracted by the spill that she forgot his 50th birthday last month.
Still, she is reaching out to the family’s longtime seafood clients to try to figure out how the business might accommodate their needs in new ways, with new products.
“I ain’t going nowhere,” she said. “I might have to die right here, but I’m not leaving.”
The greatest number of Acadian migrants to move south settled around Lafayette, La., in the south-central part of the state. Others went farther south, settling along bayous and swamps of parishes like Lafourche, Terrebonne and St. Charles. Estimates of the size of the Cajun population range from 40,000 to more than a half-million, depending on whom you ask and how strict a definition is used.
In Chauvin, in south Terrebonne Parish, it is as common to hear people speak Cajun French while shopping at the Piggly Wiggly as on the shrimp docks. You can hear zydeco on local radio hosted by a D.J. who speaks the patois. Fried fish is not uncommon at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The economy in the parish of 110,000 people, about 50 miles southwest of New Orleans, is heavily dependent on the fishing and oil industries — precisely what the spill has hurt most.
While Cajuns on the coast may be able to hold on for now, the question of what happens in the long run remains.
“I would not expect to see any great migration away, regardless of what happens to these communities,” said James Wilson, assistant director of the Center for Louisiana Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. “It’s a life-or-death decision for them: People can’t see a life anywhere else. If they can’t live the life that they’re used to within their culture, then that is death.”
Stanley Sevin, a mechanic, decided years ago to get out of the family business because he did not see a future in shrimp. He founded a company, SS Motorsports, and hopes to move away.
He still thinks his family should consider it.
“I’ve never seen them so devastated,” he said.
His mother said: “I understand he wants better for us because he’s seen us struggling. But living away, that’s something I can’t think about right now. We Cajuns are stubborn and hard-headed, what can I say?”
Slipping into the mix of Cajun French and English that he usually speaks, O’Neil Sevin said, “Here, it was never easy, mais yeah, it was une bonne vie.”
By the way, cooking contaminated seafood will not make it ‘ok’. The folks that do this are running long term and perhaps short term health risks here.
I couldn’t put this better myself…so please read this article it sums up the press grey out and intimidation of reporters to this Gulf catastrophe…while Obama does what?
Gulf Coast now a BP police state as law enforcement conspires with BP to intimidate journalists
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
(NaturalNews) Normally I would open this article by explaining this is the story the mainstream media won’t dare report. Except in this case, they are reporting it. It’s right on CNN, on the Anderson Cooper “360″ report.
What happened is that Lance Rosenfield, a photographer working for ProPublica (http://www.propublica.org), was standing on a public road, taking photos of a BP refinery in full public view. After taking his photos, he was tailed by local law enforcement officials to a gas station, where they demanded to look at the photos he had just taken. A private BP security goon then showed up at the scene, and an official from the Department of Homeland Security soon arrived and began to intimidate Lance.
With his wits about him (and some basic knowledge of the Bill of Rights), Lance at first refused to show his photographs to local law enforcement. They threatened to detain him (probably under the Patriot Act) if he didn’t, so he gave in and let them see the photos. Later, when private BP security personnel asked for Lance’s personal information, he refused to give it to them. So — get this — the police turned over his private information to the BP security goon!
As Lance explained on CNN:
“The BP — the BP security guard showed up at that point and asked me for my personal information, and I declined, because he’s a corporate security guard. And he turned to the police officer, who then turned over all my personal information. And I protested. I said I didn’t understand under what legal — what legal grounds he was able to give him my personal information.”
The reporter, O’Brien, then asks him: “So, when you asked him, what did he say?
Lance replies, “He didn’t give an answer. He said, well, we can — we’re going to do it anyway, whether you like it or not. And we can call our Homeland Security officer, Tom Robison, to come down here and explain it. But, you know, this is what I’m going to do anyway. And he didn’t give me an answer. And then he did call Tom Robison. …this Homeland Security officer came, Tom Robison, it seemed like his only point of being there was to intimidate me.”
And of course, Lance Rosenfield is right: They are there to intimidate people. Local law enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security are now all working for British Petroleum!
This is exactly what I warned about, by the way, in a recent article that was widely read across the ‘net, entitled “First Amendment suspended in the Gulf of Mexico as spill cover-up goes Orwellian”
Why this matters
This is scary stuff, folks. Now we have a police state in America. No one can deny it. You can’t argue the point anymore. It is documented fact, and it’s happening right now in the Gulf Coast.
If you pick up a professional camera and start snapping photos of a BP refinery, or a BP cleanup vessel, or a beach with an oil boom on it, you risk being followed, detained, questioned and intimidated. And if you don’t surrender your own rights and consent to an illegal search of your photos or film footage, you will be hauled into a federal holding facility and held by the Department of Homeland Security until they feel like letting you go.
Your rights as a free citizen have now been obliterated. America is now a fascist corporatocracy that answers to the financial interests of the corporations — at the expense of the freedoms of the People.
What’s really scary about this is that BP is a British corporation that is now controlling American law enforcement officials.
Didn’t we fight a war to get rid of a British police state once already? Didn’t we declare our independence from British rule a couple hundred years ago? Why are our public streets, beaches and oceans now ruled once again by a conniving, dishonest and downright ominous British corporate giant that has apparently gained control over our local law enforcement officials?
And if this is tolerated, how far will this go? Will BP soon set up roadblocks and checkpoints on public highways to search private vehicles for digital photos and video footage? Can BP’s private security goons arrest and detain you even if you’re on public property? (Apparently they can…)
The real story
See, rather than tell the truth about what’s happening in the Gulf, BP has resorted to police state tactics to threaten the media and intimidate journalists, threatening them with arrest, detainment and felony crimes if they get close enough to snap photos of what’s really going on in the Gulf Coast.
Why was ProPublica targeted for intimidation? Probably because they just published a story exposing BP’s 40-day release of toxic chemicals into the air from a Texas refinery. The story is entitled, “BP Texas Refinery Had Huge Toxic Release Just Before Gulf Blowout” and you can read it right here: http://www.propublica.org/article/b…
The story reveals that the BP refinery being photographed by Lance Rosenfield illegally released 538,000 pounds of toxic chemicals including “17,000 pounds of benzene, a known carcinogen; 37,000 pounds of nitrogen oxides, which contribute to respiratory problems; and 186,000 pounds of carbon monoxide.”
Salon.com is also covering the police state tactics now being used by BP to stiff-arm the media. In a story called “The BP / Government Police State”, Salon reports: (http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/g…)
“These are true police state tactics, and it’s now clear that it is part of a pattern. It’s been documented for months now that BP and government officials have been acting in unison to block media coverage of the area.”
It goes on to repeat text from Newsweek, which states:
“As BP makes its latest attempt to plug its gushing oil well, news photographers are complaining that their efforts to document the slow-motion disaster in the Gulf of Mexico are being thwarted by local and federal officials — working with BP — who are blocking access to the sites where the effects of the spill are most visible. More than a month into the disaster, a host of anecdotal evidence is emerging from reporters, photographers, and TV crews in which BP and Coast Guard officials explicitly target members of the media, restricting and denying them access to oil-covered beaches, staging areas for clean-up efforts, and even flyovers.”
Salon concludes with this surprisingly blunt statement: “The very idea that government officials are acting as agents of BP (of all companies) in what clearly seem to be unconstitutional acts to intimidate and impede the media is infuriating. Obviously, the U.S. Government and BP share the same interest — preventing the public from knowing the magnitude of the spill and the inadequacy of the clean-up efforts — but this creepy police state behavior is intolerable. ”
What it all means
On one hand, it’s fascinating to see the mainstream media suddenly discovering that we all live in a police state. Gee, Alex Jones and other freedom commentators have been warning about this for years, and they all got written off as “conspiracy theorists.” But it turns out they were dead on.
There is a conspiracy under way right now. It’s a conspiracy between the U.S. government and British Petroleum to cover-up all evidence of what’s really happening in the Gulf Coast. “Conspiracy” is precisely the correct word to describe their behavior in all this, and I can only wonder how long it will take before the mainstream media reluctant utters the “C” word on air.
What’s happening is exactly a conspiracy. The Random House Dictionary defines “conspiracy” as:
1. an evil, unlawful, treacherous, or surreptitious plan formulated in secret by two or more persons; plot.
2. a combination of persons for a secret, unlawful, or evil purpose.
3. an agreement by two or more persons to commit a crime, fraud, or other wrongful act.
Does that sound like what’s happening with BP and the federal government? It sure does.
BP and the U.S. government are now clearly conspiring to use police powers to intimidate, threaten, detain and potentially imprison anyone who seeks to report on the truth of what’s happening in the Gulf Coast.
And this, in turn, is the classic definition of what happens in a Police State.
From the same dictionary, a “Police State” is “a nation in which the police, especially a secret police, summarily suppresses any social, economic, or political act that conflicts with governmental policy.”
Once again, that’s exactly what we’re seeing in the Gulf Coast. BP’s private security goons are the new “secret police.” And with the help of local and federal law enforcement officials, they are actively suppressing the public’s right to know the truth about what’s happening there.
You see, the real loss of what’s happening with the BP oil catastrophe isn’t merely the damage being caused by the oil; it’s the destruction of our freedoms as BP stream rolls the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights to destroy our freedoms and once again place us under British rule!
You are now subjects, not citizens, once you enter the Gulf Coast zone in America. Your “rights” have been stripped away and replaced by threats and intimidation, backed by an armed band of corporate-sponsored secret police.
You are witnessing the end of America the free and the rise of a fascist corporatocracy where all your rights and freedoms have been suspended until further notice.
And now, shamelessly, even local law enforcement isn’t on your side anymore. They’ve sold out to their corporate slavemasters to the point where BP is now covering the salaries of nearly all the cops and Sheriffs working in certain areas there. As Mac McClelland from Mother Jones reportedly said, “One parish has 57 extra shifts per week that they are devoting entirely to, basically, BP security detail, and BP is paying the sheriff’s office.”
The truth is too scary
All this can only make you ask the obvious question: What could possibly be happening in the Gulf Coast right now that’s so scary that BP and the federal government is willing to destroy your rights in order to protect their secrets?
That’s the relevant question here, no?
Clearly there must be a very big secret in the Gulf of Mexico — a secret so devastating to BP’s financial future that it is willing to do almost anything to avoid that secret from getting out.
Why are beach cleanup workers being required to sign non-disclosure agreements? Why are journalists being threatened and intimidated? Why are local cops being used as BP’s private security force?
I can only shudder at the possible answers to this all-important question. A secret so dark and so dangerous that BP would do anything to keep it from getting out.
There can only be a couple of possible answers to this that would justify such police state actions:
• Perhaps BP and the federal government is about to unleash a nuclear explosion to stop the oil outflow, and they don’t want anyone knowing about it until it’s already done.
• Perhaps the U.S. government is planning a multi-state roundup and evacuation of the population to clear out the entire Gulf Coast region in anticipation of something big and dangerous (such as a nuke, or an oil-soaked firestorm of a major U.S. city, or a dangerous new chemical being dumped in the Gulf by BP, etc.)
• Perhaps human bodies are washing up on the beaches for some unknown reason, and the shock of it would be too much for the public to bear.
… or maybe there’s some other unimaginable reason none of us “little people” have thought of yet.
In any case, the situation doesn’t look pretty. The very freedoms that we just celebrated on Independence Day have been obliterated by a British corporation which now rules our U.S. law enforcement and Department of Homeland Security.
I can only conclude that our government has been infiltrated by a foreign corporation that is now using our own government to enslave us by destroying the very freedoms we once fought so hard to acquire. We are now living under a fascist corporatocracy, and we are seeing first-hand that these corporations will stop at nothing to protect their interests, even if it means sacrificing our freedoms.
B.P. = Beyond Prosecution.
As I stated in several articles and on the radio, how much more proof does one require to see that our government has been taken over by large money/corporate/special interests. We the People are just SERFS!
In more good news from the Gulf, they are finding oil as much as 2 feet below the surface of the sand….WOW! This is not a good development. It will make any clean up efforts, assuming that we ever see such a thing, much harder and more expensive.
This spill will go down in history as the worst man made catastrophe EVER!
Oil Found in Gulf Beach Sand, Even After Cleanups
Long-lasting, hidden oil from the Gulf spill poses risk, experts say.
Published July 2, 2010
Digging under the patchily oil-splattered white sands of Pensacola Beach, Florida (map), on Thursday, it didn’t take long for scientists to strike black gold.
Oil patties and tarballs were discovered as deep as 2 feet (0.6 meter) beneath beaches dirtied by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill—the deepest oil yet found by a team of University of South Florida coastal geologists that’s been studying the effects of the oil spill on Gulf beaches since early May. The previous record had been 6 inches (about 15 centimeters) deep, said geologist Ping Wang, the team’s leader.
The discoveries suggest that toxic oil lies hidden under even “clean” patches of beaches along the U.S. Gulf Coast—and that oil-spill cleanup crews are only scratching the surface.
Because the buried oil is both harder to clean and slower to break down, it could be a long-lasting threat to beachgoers, both animal and human, experts say.
This “weathered” oil—mainly tarballs and tar mats—began washing ashore around June 23 in Pensacola. (See pictures of Gulf oil atop Pensacola Beach.)
Waves buried much of the oil under new layers of sand, particularly this week, when Hurricane Alex spawned rough seas around the Gulf. (See “Hurricane Alex Pushes ‘Worst Oil’ Ashore; Cleanup Slowed.”)
“This time, we were lucky,” said Wang, kneeling by a freshly dug hole striped with ribbons of black tar on Pensacola Beach, which remains open to beachgoers and swimmers, though a health advisory warns visitors away from any obvious oil.
Hurricane Alex’s path was hundreds of miles to the east, so the storm’s surges had been relatively small along Florida’s Gulf coast.
As a result, the storm pushed only a thin amount of new oil onto Pensacola Beach and the nearby Gulf Islands National Seashore, which includes sites in both Florida and Mississippi. The preserve also remains open and under a health advisory. (See Gulf of Mexico map.)
(Gulf Oil Spill Pictures: Oil, Tarballs Hit Beaches.)
Yet when a bigger and closer storm powers through the Gulf, it could erode beaches and unleash the oil underneath, he said—while at the same time pushing ashore more oil from the Gulf spill, Wang noted. (See “Hurricane Could Push Spilled Gulf Oil Into New Orleans.”)
Wang would know: He’s studied 2004′s Hurricane Ivan and 2005′s Hurricane Dennis, both of which totally flooded Pensacola Beach.
Exposed oil, though, may be the least of the worries.
Even without cleanup crews, surface oil disappears fairly quickly as oxygen, sunlight, and oil-eating microbes break it down. Buried oil persists much longer, particularly deep down, where oxygen is in short supply.
What Lies Beneath: Oil Inches Below Beaches
“If [oil's] buried and you have a five-year-old out here next summer building a sand castle and they uncover a layer of tar and oil, that’s not going to be good,” said Tiffany Roberts, a Ph.D. student working in Wang’s lab.
Contact with oil can cause skin irritation, and inhaling evaporated oil particles may cause nausea, headache, and dizziness—ailments already reported by some Gulf oil spill cleanup workers, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
That’s why Roberts and colleagues are studying how oil is distributed atop the beach—in hopes of discerning a surface pattern that could be used predict the locations of buried oil, she said.
Right now cleanup crews are “dealing with the immediate,” she said. Eventually “we’ve got to figure out what’s below.”
Like a New Oil Spill With Every Storm
It’s easy for cleanup crews to be deceived by invisible oil, according to Michel Boufadel, who has studied the lingering oil from the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker spill in Alaska. (Exxon Valdez Pictures: 20 Years on, Spilled Oil Remains.)
For example, in 1992 crews packed up and left the Valdez site without realizing that vast quantities of oil still sat below the surface—and much of that oil remains underground today, said Boufadel, chair of Temple University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Ambler, Pennsylvania.
“You can go to a beach and say the beach is clean,” he said, “and then a year later a storm hits and you find out that the beach is still polluted.”
It’s like “getting a new spill” with every storm, Boufadel added.
Unlike the frigid Alaska coastline, however, Florida’s beaches are hot and sunny—conditions that may evaporate exposed oil more quickly.
Wildlife Impacts are “Uncharted Territory”
If the spilled oil under Gulf beaches stays buried, it could harm wildlife that nest and feed along the coast, experts say. For instance, some shorebirds eat only small sand-dwelling invertebrates, such as bloodworms, which could be killed by the oil.
(Gulf Oil Spill Pictures: Birds, Fish, Crabs Coated.)
“If the oil does get into the surf zone and [poisons] invertebrates that these guys are eating, then the food base is gone,” said Riley Hoggard, a resource-management specialist for Gulf Islands National Seashore. “It’s going to be tough for some of these shorebirds.”
(Related: “Oil-Coated Birds Better off Dead?”)
Likewise, four species of Gulf sea turtle hatchlings—which crawl through sand layers to leave their underground nests—could get injured or killed through contact with buried oil on their way out to sea, Hoggard said.
In part to address such threats, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently began arranging the relocation of some 70,000 turtle eggs from 700 Gulf Coast nests. After the babies hatch in a special facility in a warehouse at eastern Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, they will be released on several Atlantic Ocean beaches—on the other side of the state from the Gulf.
The turtles’ internal magnetic “maps”—apparently “tuned” to Gulf beaches during incubation—should point the animals back to their native Gulf waters, even with the entire Florida Peninsula in their way, Hoggard said.
Hoggard admits the massive sea turtle rescue operation is “uncharted territory,” and could fail. But “we can’t afford to lose a generation of them,” he said. “That’s what gnaws at your stomach.”
I sure hope that the folks that live on the coast are prepared to keep their physical and mental bodies extremely healthy. It will become harder to do as time goes on. We are recommending EnerFood, the Detox, lung and lymph tinctures.