Topics: Gulf Coasters turn to Colbert, A Year After BP Caps Well, Fishermen Still Fight for Survival, Year After Gulf Oil Spill, Columbus Company Still Waits For Claim, BP Oil Still Ashore One Year After End of Gulf Spill, Observations: What Was in the Oil Spilled during BP's Gulf of Mexico Disaster?, Feds' own data raise questions about effort to blame Gulf fishermen for sea turtle death spike, Kemp's ridley turtle numbers at record levels in Texas, BP continues cleanup of Lisburne drill site spill
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Gulf coast residents, still suffering health and environmental effects from BP's black monster which gets little attention at all, let alone priority attention, from the traditional media have taken to posting pleas on Stephen Colbert's site begging him to give their plight some attention.
Somewhere far below the debt ceiling, the end of the shuttle program, the Casey Anthony trial, the FIFA Women’s World Cup and Rupert Murdoch’s British imbroglio is the long-forgotten Gulf Oil Spill, now almost 15 months behind us — the anniversary of the actual capping of the Macondo well was this past Friday — and so far off the mainstream media’s radar it nary merits a mention.
The Gulf Coaster's posts on the Colbert Nation Forum are a combination of frustration, anger, heartbreak and fear. Sadly, it appears that BP's victims are destined to join the ranks of the long-ignored Exxon Valdez victims.
IT’S NOT OVER DOWN HERE...NOT BY A LOOOOOOOONG SHOT!!! NO MATTER WHAT YOU’VE HEARD!!!! Sea life is destroyed, some ailing, some deformed...unborn dolphins, aborted, washed up by the hundreds in the Spring. Beach workers, fishermen, residents...are SICK from the mixture of oil and dispersants, dumped on us for months. When I say "sick”, I mean...inordinate amounts of miscarriages, abscesses, sepsis, skin lesions, respiratory issues, rashes...what sympathetic scientists are calling...”the Blue Plague"...an’ NO HEALTH CLAIMS were honored by Feinstein...none...not the first one...
Bp has not made it right. People are very sick. The Government fails to respond, or help. The oil is still here!
I am an RN and my Husband is an MD, Fritzi is so right. Women are losing their unborn fetuses, people are dying, it is not clean and I and we need help to help them....The people to TPTB are just collateral damage.
I implore you to not brush aside the stories you are hearing about the Gulf. They are no fairytales, magical disappearing oil, or lives made whole again as the mainstream news reports and advertisements would have you believe. Instead it is a nightmare many of us have to wake up to everyday. There is still something in the air here making sensitive people sick and it can be proven by leaving the area and then coming back.
I live on the Mississippi Coast and was involved in BP's Vessels of Opportunity clean up program. It was nothing more than a dog & pony show for the local residents and the media.
I have Blood and Urine tests that say I will soon be a commodity on Wall Street. I'm turning into Gasoline and Scrap Metal!
The National Resources Defense Council got boots on the ground very early after the Macondo blew and worked very hard on establishing relationships with locals. They have often been a voice for the voiceless in the Gulf. They confirm what Gulf residents have posted to Colbert's site, things are a long way from being back to normal in the oil-riddled Gulf.
BP's black monster's tentacles did not restrict its damage to the Gulf Coast. The victims not living on the Gulf are being treated every bit as shabbily as those in close proximity to the horror. BP's Gulf Coast Claim Facility, headed by Ken Feinberg, offered a Columbus, Ohio frozen fish supplier $200,000 less than his actual losses and, then, reneged on paying even that. They also blew off a local television station investigating the story.
The Gulf Coasters posting on Stephen's Colbert's site are absolutely right in asserting that things where they live are a long way from being all better. Even No Oil At All (NOAA) admits that nearly 500 miles of precious Gulf coastline remains fouled by BP's black monster. That's almost half of the total of 1,074 miles total that were contaminated. Louisiana, the hardest hit state, still has miles of heavily contaminated beaches and marshes. The marshes are nearly impossible to effectively clean.
It's interesting that this news has only been reported by a publication that caters to the investment community which puts a high priority on not trusting their investment dollars to the deceptions of public relations winds.
Crude oil continues to wash ashore along the Gulf of Mexico coast a year after BP Plc (BP/) stopped the flow from its damaged Macondo well, which caused the worst U.S. offshore spill, government officials said.
Much of what piddling little independent science that has been done in the Gulf was sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences. The published results from this study doesn't offer much in the way of comfort other than some dispute over the toxicity of compounds that isn't explained in the reporting. Microbes ate the edible compounds more slowly than was expected and it seems we are left with 410,00 barrels of something called "polar hydrocarbons" which are resistant to degradation.
Despite common parlance, oil is not a singular substance but rather a toxic stew of many different hydrocarbons that comes out of the ground mixed with natural gas. The oil that spewed from BP's Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico last year was no different—and now a precise measurement of its chemical composition has been published July 18 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
No Oil At All (NOAA) is busy doing public relations work for BP yet again, this time at the expense of Gulf fishers. It should be noted that Louisiana has a vile law on the books that forbids their fish and game officers from enforcing the federal law requiring turtle exclusion devices (TEDs) which leaves their fishers wide open for NOAA's cheap shot.
NOAA is being no friend to turtles to by turning a totally blind eye to data showing increased turtle deaths timed to BP's deep sea gusher. NOAA also went out of its way to only test visibly oiled dead turtles. Their efforts will certainly get BP clean off the hook for any turtles poisoned by oil-contaminated food.
There was an outpouring of anger from fishermen at a public meeting held in Mississippi last week to discuss federal plans for addressing a dramatic increase in deaths of endangered sea turtles. The government is considering requiring all shrimpers with skimmer boats to use turtle-excluder devices (TEDs) in their nets -- a fix some smaller operations say they can't afford.
Fortunately, there is some small bit of happy news about Kemp's ridley turtles. Texas has reported a record number of nests. Unfortunately, nesting numbers in Mexico weren't so good and the prospects for the long-term survival of the species is still uncertain. Scientists are also very concerned about effects from BP's black monster showing up years from now.
GALVESTON — A record number of endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle nests was found in Texas this year despite worries that nesting could be harmed by the BP oil disaster and a cold winter that killed hundreds of turtles.
Why anyone thinks that BP has any business doing deepwater drilling when they are incapable or unwilling to maintain a simple aboveground pipeline is beyond my ken. Cleanup crews have apparently taken a break so they can get the drill site partially back in production.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — BP Exploration Alaska will complete the cleanup of a spill at the Lisburne drill site on Alaska's North Slope before digging up the pipe that burst and caused it, a spokesman for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said Tuesday.
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:
|7-17-11 01:29 PM||Gulf Watchers Sunday - Judge Rejects RICO Charges Against BP - BP Catastrophe AUV #538||Yasuragi|
|7-15-11 08:11 PM||Gulf Watchers Block Party--WTF? Nobody home?||Phil S 33|
|7-13-11 03:50 PM||Gulf Watchers Wednesday -Hey BP... We Haven't Recovered! - BP Catastrophe AUV #537||shanesnana|
|7-10-11 12:13 PM||Gulf Watchers Sunday - Generating an Alternative Reality - BP Catastrophe AUV #536||Lorinda Pike|
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