Topics: USM develops a dispersant safer for birds and humans. Conservative talk radio aids Gulf Restoration. Feinberg under attack...again. BP profits take hit.
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|Robert Lochhead and colleagues in the polymer science labs at the University of Southern Mississippi, with a small grant ($150,000) from the National Science Foundation,have developed a dispersant that prevents oil from sticking to bird feathers (or anything). Corexit, while it disperses the oil into droplets, it is also a wetting agent, making it spread on things like bird feathers when the droplets hit them.
Seems unbelievable that the oil related industries with all their money couldn't have thought of this! Lochhead says he now needs funding for the extensive environmental testing required for EPA approval. He expects that testing will need to be more rigorous now that we are just beginning to find out the effects of Corexit.
Lochhead has worked in the private sector and helped develop the the formula for hand sanitizers.
“There’s tremendous technology just in consumer goods,” he said. “We take it for granted because it’s so common.
If BP really cared about it's image, instead of hiring people to tweet all day they would fund the testing for this product.
|Under the category of "who would believe?" Conservative radio runs radio ads for Gulf Renewal Project. A new radio ad campaign begins today on Gulf coast conservative news/talk radio. The ads will educate residents that under current law BP fines will go into the federal treasury, unless Congress takes action.
Thankfully, the restoration of the Gulf seems to be something that transcends politics.
The campaign is sponsored by the Gulf Renewal Project and follows its release of new polling last week showing that 83 percent of voters nationwide support—and 69 percent strongly support—dedicating the BP oil spill penalties to restoring the Mississippi River Delta and Gulf Coast.
Congressional members from both parties have introduced legislation to dedicate these fines to Gulf Restoration.
One year ago, the BP oil well blowout dumped millions of barrels of oil into our Gulf Coast waters.
|Last Thursday at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside, Kenneth Feinberg and Senator Mary Landrieu were part of a panel at the Gulf coast Leadership Summit. The question and answer session ended early when angry comments outweighed questions. Once again Feinberg seems to be talking out of both sides of his mouth. He says at one point that private non-profits should be the ones helping those sick and out of work, while at the same time denying BP money to those agencies that are trying to help.
... twice during the meeting he[Feinberg] indicated that he thinks public money - not BP's money - should be used to pay for people who are sick or out of work because of the oil spill.
When Catholic Charities appealed to BP for more funds, they were told by Iris Cross (BP's human resources manager in new Orleans) that they had to apply to Feinberg's GCCF.
From his personal email account, Feinberg denied Catholic Charities' request on April 6.
So...Feinberg says that nonprofits are best able to help the sick and out of work. Non profits get their funding from where? Not the companies that caused the illness and unemployment. I am speechless, and if I weren't, I couldn't publish it here!
And Feinberg wasn't the only clueless one.
Kindra Arnesen of Venice, La., 33, the wife of an offshore oil worker and mother of two, asked Sen. Landrieu why offshore drilling is continuing, though blowout preventers are just 65 percent effective.
Can you believe that she would bring the wives of the dead into her idiotic argument!
"Believe me," Landrieu said, "the country doesn't have the kind of research to help you as much as we should."
Mary, he wasn't asking for research...just asking that his bills get paid!
|BP is this week expected to reveal profits hit by lower production – but an official report into the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has boosted the group's hopes of recovering some costs.
Analysts expect BP on Wednesday to unveil first quarter profits only slightly higher than last year at around $5.6bn – despite the fact that the oil price has risen by 31pc since then.
BP's lawsuit against Transocean for $40 billion gains strength from the Coast Guard report that cited equipment failures and poor safety practices aboard the Deepwater Horizon. (see AUV #508) BP is suing Halliburton and Cameron also. Yet, it reportedly is only budgeting 41 billion for the total cost of the spill, including clean up, fines and legal fees. Meaning...BP could actually profit from the spill!
Transocean was banned by a Swiss court from paying a $1bn dividend in case it has to contribute towards the cost of the accident.
PLEASE visit Pam LaPier's diary to find out how you can help the Gulf now and in the future. We don't have to be idle! And thanks to Crashing Vor and Pam LaPier for working on this!
Previous Gulf Watcher diaries:
|4-24-11 12:02 PM||Gulf Watchers Sunday - Deficiencies and Omissions = Death - BP Catastrophe AUV #508||Lorinda Pike|
|4-22-11 06:49 PM||Gulf Watchers Block Party: Burning Edition||BlackSheep1|
|4-22-11 08:27 AM||Gulf Watchers Friday - Ready, Set... Sue! - BP Catastrophe AUV #507||Lorinda Pike|
|4-20-11 06:00 AM||Gulf Watchers Wed. - Deepwater Horizon anniversary - 30k FOIA docs - BP Catastrophe AUV #506||peraspera|
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