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GULF AND OTHER OIL DISASTERS

Jul 13 15:53

Security contractor: BP fired me for taking photos of dispersants

A security contractor who was once responsible for keeping reporters away from cleanup workers is now coming forward to blow the whistle on BP.

Adam Dillon claims he was fired by the oil company after he took pictures showing how dispersants were being used in the Gulf.

Jul 13 15:52

Oil Expert: “Real concerned about shut-in integrity test” by BP “because of the down hole damage” that “could cause it to blowout”

Oil and gas industry expert Bob Cavnar:

I’m real concerned about this shut in integrity test they’re going to plan in the morning, because of the down hole damage that we’ve talked about for the last several weeks, plus there are some components in that blowout preventer stack, the flex joint below this new assembly that doesn’t rate the pressure I’m worried about it’s going to take to shut it in. …

Jul 13 14:54

Psychopaths in the Gulf

"There is an enemy that lurks, a dangerous group of
people that want to do harm to the American people." - George Bush

Jul 13 12:40

BP Committing Ecocide on Islands in Gulf

BP has hired an army of contractors and sub-contractors who are spending plenty of "flash money" to assuage some local businesses. However, WMR noticed while driving to Louisiana a large number of seafood distributors and restaurants that were shuttered.

Those hired by BP to clean up beaches and waters are not permitted to wear respirators and many are becoming sick, even coughing up blood. This editor, while driving to Venice, began to experience burning and watering eyes, a condition that lasted hours after returning to the west bank of New Orleans.

Jul 13 10:34

Commander: “Could make the case that there’s some structural integrity issues with the casing of the wellbore”

Press Conference, National Incident Commander Thad Allen, July 13, 2010:

Nearly all questions at National Incident Commander Thad Allen’s press conference today concerned the structural integrity of the well and the possibility of seepage into the seabed or a blowout.

Commander: “One could make the case that there’s some structural integrity issues with the casing of the wellbore itself.”

Jul 13 09:15

BP claims ‘Top Hat 10? could completely stop oil gusher

Hours after BP fitted a new containment cap to a damaged well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, the gushing oil and gas appeared to completely stop, according to images relayed from a live video from the sea floor. Oil was once again jetting from the well a moment later as the company continued testing pressure seals on the "Top Hat 10" cap.

BP representatives said it would take between six and 48 hours to determine if the new well cap will work. The company has said the cap could effectively contain the massive spill, which has only been growing since the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform exploded and sank on April 22

Jul 13 06:00

Legacy of the Exxon-Valdez-What to Expect in Gulf of Mexico

Teaser of Black Wave, a documentary about the Exxon Valdez tragedy. Check out the official website: http://www.blackwavethefilm.com .
In the early hours of March 24th 1989 the Exxon Valdez oil supertanker runs aground in Alaska. It discharges millions of gallons of crude oil. The incident becomes the biggest environmental catastrophe in North American history.

Jul 12 23:08

Hell Has Come to South Louisiana

“We were primed for a great season,” Guidry says, “And it all got taken away.”

Jul 12 22:49

Breaking News: Due to Public Outcry, Coast Guard Rescinds Ban of Reporters and Photographers from Oil Spill

Webmaster's Commentary: 

See? Getting pissed off at the bastards is a good thing!

Jul 12 22:45

First Lady Encourages Americans to Vacation on Gulf – But Obamas Head to Maine Instead

The Obama family will be taking a mini-vacation of their own this weekend, but instead of going to the Gulf Coast they are traveling to Maine’s Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia National Park.

Jul 12 15:58

BP 'to divest all North Sea assets' in dramatic attempt to reduce its costs

Embattled BP is to cut costs by $14bn (£9.5bn) in six months as part of a radical plan to sustain profitability in the wake of the explosion at its Deepwater Horizon oil rig that has led to the worst spill in US history.

Jul 12 12:31

BP Whistleblower: 'What This Company Is Doing To This Country Right Now Is Just Wrong'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember that all that BP has done to the United States was done with the permission of the US Federal Government. The MMS, which is supposed to keep an eye on the oil corporations in this country, was known to suffer from rampant corruption and incompetence when Obama took office. Obama had 400 days to get the Federal Agencies like MMS (and SEC) back to doing their jobs. Instead, we learned that MMS had come to believe they worked for the oil companies rather than for the American people, and in the months before the Deepwater Horizon explosion, occupied themselves with internet porn, drugs, and hookers provided by the very oil companies they were supposed to be keeping an eye on.

Yes, BP deserves everything it gets, but it should not stand alone on the gallows.

Jul 12 12:11

BP's paid less than half of claims

Since the Deepwater Horizon well exploded April 20, BP has paid fewer than half of the claims filed in six states, including Mississippi.

Jul 12 11:08

Former Contractor: BP Not Interested In Cleaning Up Oil Spill

As we have highlighted, as one of the founding members of the cap and trade lobby, BP stands to reap a financial bounty if the Obama administration succeeds in exploiting the worsening oil spill crisis to push through a carbon tax.

Jul 12 11:03

From a fishing village, to an Oil Town: Hell Has Come to South Louisiana

“Kill the Ocean, Save the Beaches,” a “Trade-Off” decision. Under what logic does this work? The Gulf is the Mother and the Estuaries are the nurseries. If the Mother dies, there will be no children to incubate.

The reality is the oil and chemical dispersants are entering our estuaries as we speak. The “Trade-Off” logic FAILED.

As I stated, I represent commercial shrimp fishermen. I have members, friends and family presently working to contain and clean-up the spill. They are relating to me BP’s total disregard for providing workers with proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A corporation has no conscience.

This is why, when it comes to any oil drilling, the regulations and best professional practices must be observed by the corporations, and documented, by the regulatory agencies which oversee these industries.

Both BP and the US government failed catastrophically in these regards, and the people of the Gulf Coast are paying - and will continue to pay, some even with their very lives - for that failure.

Jul 12 10:41

A Day in the Life Of Oil Spill Clean-Up Volunteer Barrett Johnson

If oil is being picked up or messed with, the individuals on the boat are required to wear a full body, hazwoper suit. The suit is to be duct-taped around the gloves and shoes to make sure that no oil comes in contact with your skin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A Hazwoper suit; what the oil cleanup people have to wear when there are no cameras around.

Jul 12 10:12

Discovery of second pipe in Deepwater Horizon riser stirs debate among experts

While Allen said he believes the second pipe fell from above, some experts have advanced another explanation. They believe poorly cemented casings -- tubes that are supposed to form solid walls down thousands of feet of the well bore -- may have been dislodged by the blast of natural gas that shot up out of the well and above the sea floor.

If that's what happened, the piece of pipe would have gone into the blowout preventer, the 450-ton tower of valves and pistons that sits on top of the well head and is supposed to shut off the well in an emergency. The Deepwater Horizon's blowout preventer failed to cut through the pipe that ran through it, and subsequent efforts to shut the so-called shear rams using remote-control submarine robots also failed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This second drill pipe was being discussed here on the blogs more than a week ago, but was only officially acknowledged Friday.

Jul 12 08:33

If Explosives Are Used to Seal the Leaking Oil Gusher, Extreme Caution Should Be Used to Prevent Landslides

I have previously argued that "the odds that the release of methane from the leaking oil will cause a tidal wave or a firestorm are infinitesimally small."

I am sticking by that assessment.

But Reuters notes that the use of explosives to seal the oil gusher could cause a landslide:

“I think this situation has taught us from the start to have a backup,” retired U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the top official overseeing the spill response, told reporters this week. …

If both relief wells fail, Allen said BP has a plan to fabricate a new pipeline, place it on the seabed and hook it up to the leaking wellhead. …

Jul 12 08:03

BP Gulf Oil Gusher: Methane, Climate & Dead Zones

As much as one million times the normal level of methane is showing up near the Gulf of Mexico oil gusher, enough potentially to create dead zones in the water. "These are higher levels than we have ever seen at any other location in the ocean itself," according to sources cited by Reuters. The "flow team" of the US Geological Survey estimates that 2,900 cubic feet of natural gas, which primarily contains methane, is being released into the Gulf waters with every barrel of oil.

Jul 12 01:42

BP Gulf Oil Gusher: Methane, Climate & Dead Zones

As much as one million times the normal level of methane is showing up near the Gulf of Mexico oil gusher, enough potentially to create dead zones in the water. "These are higher levels than we have ever seen at any other location in the ocean itself," according to sources cited by Reuters. The "flow team" of the US Geological Survey estimates that 2,900 cubic feet of natural gas, which primarily contains methane, is being released into the Gulf waters with every barrel of oil.

Jul 11 18:17

BP to cut payments on 40,000 claims of individuals affected by oil spill, cites paperwork problems

As oil continues to spew into the Gulf, BP has said it will significantly cut payments on claims to those impacted by the disaster because of problems with their paperwork, the Associated Press reported

Jul 11 18:13

"I will not rest until that hole is plugged. Now watch this drive."

Obama thinks it's the Golf Disaster.

Jul 11 16:34

You Are Not Authorized to See These Pictures of the Oil Spill, Citizen ... Do Not Look!

Jul 11 14:16

Cracking Down on Fracking

Mike Markham of Colorado has an explosive problem: His tap water catches fire. Markham demonstrates this in a new documentary, “Gasland,” which just won the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize. Director Josh Fox films Markham as he runs his kitchen faucet, holding a cigarette lighter up to the running water. After a few seconds, a ball of fire erupts out of the sink, almost enveloping Markham’s head.

The source of the flammable water, and the subject of “Gasland,” is the mining process called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

Jul 11 13:24

Hundreds of Tar balls Assualt Windward Beach In Brick NJ

Hundreds of Tar balls Assualt Windward Beach In Brick NJ
Posted by Alexander Higgins - July 10, 2010
Then I thought to myself. “OK, they know these tar balls are washing up on the beach. They are all over the place. They are just cleaning them up and pretending like nothing is going. They are keeping quiet and not notifying the public.”
“I wonder what I will find along the beach where they are not cleaning up?”
I walked down to the beach to a secluded are of the shore line behind some woods.
I looked over and saw what looked like a tree stump sticking up out of the surf.
As I walked over to it I was amazed as I realized it wasn’t a tree stump.
What I had found was a monster tarball the size of my head.

Jul 11 09:55

The BP Gulf Oil Gusher Represents: An Historic Failure of Government And Industry, A Tragic Violation Of The Public Trust And Social Contract

We wonder out loud about whether it is now time to establish a Regional Citizens' Initiative (NGO that effectively functions as a parallel government) to step in where government and industry have completely failed and betrayed the people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And should such a parallel government be formed, would the US Federal Government step in to stop it, just as they are now trying to block Arizona from defending their own borders?

Jul 11 09:07

Photographer portrays swimmers in the oil spill region

Jul 11 03:23

BP's Oil Disaster Causing Tampa Bay Hotels To Lose Millions In Hotel Bookings

William Mulcahey thought he had found the perfect place for his May 2011 conference of airport firefighters: the Tradewinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach...

Jul 10 23:28

Oil/Water samples from Gulf...VERY TOXIC

Jul 10 21:21

USCG complicit in Alabama Gulf beach oil cover-up

Thursday, July 08, 2010
Another Flyover Report On BP's Gulf Oil Disaster By John Wathen... Videos
Dolphins and Sperm Whales caught in the oil. Horribly, horribly sad.
US Coast Guard issued a press release claiming that no covering of oiled beach was occurring. I sat in my motel room in Orange Beach and watched as multiple pieces of heavy equipment excavated sand and hauled it up the beach and used it to cover oiled sections of beach....USCG uniformed men sat in ATV buggies and watched. I saw them and photographed them.

Jul 10 19:54

Gulf photo collection indicates media now banned because the area is now completely engulfed in oil/dead animals

(Updated Regularly) Exclusive photos of the BP Oil Spill that is still leaking, world's largest environmental disaster to date
Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill pools against the Louisiana coast along Barataria Bay Tuesday, June 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) #
Oil is seen on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico about six miles southeast of Grand Isle, Louisiana May 21, 2010. (REUTERS/Sean Gardner)

Jul 10 15:43

Oil Leak Stopped By Monday, Tar Balls Not From BP-Nothing To See Here Folks...

It's the same response everywhere it seems, a la, "The tar balls at OUR beach aren't from BP, it's just coincidental"

Jul 10 14:58

BP's new cap. A ruse?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess I am not the only one who thinks this sudden well capping may not be what it appears to be!

Jul 10 14:45

Oil flows freely into Gulf after BP removes cap

Move is first step in placing a tighter dome over leak; if all goes according to plan, the gushing oil could be sealed as soon as Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hate to be such a cynic, but especially after Saddam's "nooks" I smell a huge rat here.

Take a look at the live cams right now, supposedly working on the uncapped well. (Warning, this link sometimes crashes Firefox).

Now, take a look at still framecaps from the well only a couple weeks ago when the cap was still in place.

The live cams, with the cap supposedly removed today, do not seem to show anywhere near as much oil coming out of the pipe.

How can we know we are in fact looking at the actual well head and not a staged recreation for propaganda purposes, especially with famed film maker James Cameron having been on scene for many weeks now.

Yes, this idea is a little out there, but decoys for military purposes are big business in the US; it is hardly a novelty to the government point of view.

Ask yourself if BP would fake a well capping to contain the bad publicity and save their stock price.

Ask yourself if Obama would fake a well capping to avoid having the disaster as an issue come November?

Second issue. We know from the failure of the first Top Kill procedure, as well as from the seepage coming from the ocean floor around the well head, that there has been a subsurface blowout about 1000 feet down where a piece of safety gear was damaged by the drilling process. BP calls it a malfunctioning disk.

So, there are at least two vents in the pipe system, one at the well head and another 1000 feet down. Capping the well head makes absolutely no sense at all other than a public relations stunt because the oil and methane will continue to escape from the subsurface blowout lower down. Indeed, the pressure and flow of the leakage into the formation will increase with the capping of the well head, hastening the moment then the subsurface blowout breaches the ocean floor and sends the accumulated oil and gas from the last 80 days to the surface in a single giant blowout.

If this is the real well head and not a fake created for public relations purposes, this is a dangerous and reckless thing to do for the sake of an election-saving headline.

Jul 10 14:07

The Amount Of Neurotoxin Pesticide Corexit Sprayed By BP Tops 1 Million Gallons

The Amount Of Neurotoxin Pesticide Corexit Sprayed By BP Tops 1 Million Gallons
Posted by Alexander Higgins - June 5, 2010
So What Are These Dispersants Made Of That Makes Them Such a Powerful Neurotoxin Pesticide?
The main ingredients of Corexit is 2-Butoxyethanol which can make up to 60% of the dispersant and is known to be toxic to blood, kidneys, liver, and the central nervous system (CNS).
2-Butoxyethanol is also known to cause cancer, birth defects and has been found to cause genetic mutations and is a delayed chronic health hazard as well as an environmental hazardous material
Corexit also contains Arsenic, Cadmium, Chromium, Mercury, and Cyanide.

Jul 10 12:15

Kramer cleaning his slicer

Jul 10 12:15

BP oil spill Corexit dispersants suspected in widespread crop damage

Jul 10 12:13

Leaked Corexit Information

NALCO COREXIT INGREDIENT LIST (Not written by a PR company)

1,2-Propanediol - The primary ingredient in aircraft anti-freeze and automotive anti-freeze. Used as the killing and preserving agent in pitfall traps, usually used to capture ground beetles. Mixing anti-freeze with heavy metals (iron, cobalt, copper, manganese, molybdenum, zinc, mercury, plutonium, lead, arsenic, aluminium, mercury, cadmium... see list of ingredients spewed by the volcanic oil gusher) makes it very toxic. Not recommended for your aquarium. Don't try going to a sushi restaurant, get salmon eggs, tobiko or uni and start soaking them in anti-freeze.

Ethanol, 2-butoxy-

Jul 10 11:47

Is it Almost Over? BP Will Try to Stop Oil Flow Next Week

In a dramatic turn of events, the Obama administration has given BP the go-ahead to remove the containment cap atop the runaway Deepwater Horizon oil well and replace it with a tighter fitting one in an attempt to stop all the oil now flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, perhaps as soon as the middle of next week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Two aspects to this story. First is the ludicrous play-acting by Obama that he has anything meaningful to contribute to this operation and second, if they are going for a cap replacement, it means they think the relief well operation is going to fail.

Jul 10 09:18

New BP Data Show 20% of Gulf Spill Responders Exposed to Chemical That Sickened Valdez Workers

In an under-the-radar release of new test results for its Gulf of Mexico oil spill workers, BP PLC is reporting potentially hazardous exposures to a now-discontinued dispersant chemical -- a substance blamed for contributing to chronic health problems after the Exxon Valdez cleanup -- among more than 20 percent of offshore responders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let me get this straight: isn't this the same company which refused to allow its cleanup workers to use respirators?

Jul 10 09:11

2400 Canadian Soldiers ready to be deployed to Gulf Coast

2400 Canadian Soldiers and the 1 Combat Engineer Regiment based in Edmonton Alberta are on a 72 Hour notice for deployment to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The Canadian Engineer Regiment is often associated with the British SAS and their role in recent conflicts such as Bosnia and Afghanistan has seen them doing less reconstruction work and more urban pacification and counter insurgency operations."

One has to wonder, considering their background, why it is Canadian troops rather than the US National Guard, who have been deployed to the Gulf.

Precisely why is it this unit that the US government has requested this particular Canadian unit here here?!?

Jul 10 07:35

Doomsday: How BP Gulf disaster may have triggered a 'world-killing' event

Ominous reports are leaking past the BP Gulf salvage operation news blackout that the disaster unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico may be about to reach biblical proportions.

251 million years ago a mammoth undersea methane bubble caused massive explosions, poisoned the atmosphere and destroyed more than 96 percent of all life on Earth. [1] Experts agree that what is known as the Permian extinction event was the greatest mass extinction event in the history of the world. [2]

Jul 09 18:18

Toxicologists: Corexit “Ruptures Red Blood Cells, Causes Internal Bleeding”, "Allows Crude Oil To Penetrate “Into The Cells” and “Every Organ System"

Now, two toxicologists are saying that Corexit is much more harmful to human health and marine life than we've been told.

Specifically Gulf toxicologist Dr. Susan Shaw - Founder and Director of the Marine Environmental Research Institute - dove into the oil spill to examine the chemicals present.

Jul 09 18:15

Canada may sue BP over oil spill

The Canadian government is considering a lawsuit against oil giant BP for environmental damage caused by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

P.E.I. fishermen were briefed about the potential move at a meeting with Department of Fisheries and Oceans officials Friday in Stanhope.

The meeting was called to plan for Canada's share of bluefin tuna stocks in the future, but fisheries scientists are also looking for signs of damage to North Atlantic tuna populations.

Jul 09 18:03

[Fishy smell!]Oyster harvesters got "surpise " BP damage-claim checks

Oysters await in oil-free bay as harvesters cash BP damage-claim checks
By Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel
9:55 p.m. EDT, June 23, 2010
APALACHICOLA — The capital of Florida's oyster industry has a history of surviving everything from drought to toxic algae, and it was bracing for an onslaught of crude oil when another sort of calamity struck that nobody saw coming: a flood of cash.
Emergency payments to local oyster harvesters by BP PLC, whose blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has slathered four states with crude, has triggered an abrupt drop-off this month in the time harvesters are spending on Apalachicola Bay. That, in turn, has left seafood dealers on shore with far fewer oysters to process and sell.

Jul 09 16:59

Corexit Being Sprayed From Coast Guard

Standard EPA tests for "toxicity" consider a product safe if nothing dies in 96 hours. The dispersant being used is only considered "safe" because it killed creatures two weeks later instead of in 4 days.

Jul 09 16:01

In the Panhandle, the 'Summer of Oil' seems endless

...If the wind is blowing in from the Gulf of Mexico, she said, "the oil smell is often very strong, too strong to be outside."

In ways big and small, the Deepwater Horizon disaster is reshaping the gulf coast. It's doing more than damaging the tourism and fishing industries; it's permeating the air people breathe and the way they think and feel, altering habits formed over a lifetime...

Jul 09 14:04

Big Corporate Oil vs The People of Santa Barbara (A Cautionary Tale)

PEOPLE OF THE GULF COAST:
STUDY THIS.

A detailed, thorough account by one Harvey Molotch of what happens when people who have everything in their favor take on Big Oil. Not to give it away, but how they are utterly screwed shows cleary how Big Oil operates. None of the usual extenuating factors (like lack of political organization, lack of familiarity with the system, lack of money, power, education or influence) exist to obscure the evil. Something wicked this way comes...

Excerpts and download links at source.

Jul 09 12:25

BP's Deepwater Horizon Disaster; Mitigating Annihilation

While BP has put forth great effort in securing tax benefits acquired from leasing rigs like the sunken Deepwater Horizon, it has also saved money by choosing not to pursue better cleanup methods and technologies. We live in a corporate world where profit is god. Profit rules. Showing a profit on the next quarterly earnings statement is everything. This is how a multi-billion dollar oil giant like BP (yes, we can include the others as well - Exxon/Mobile, ConocoPhillips, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron, Total S.A.) spends vast troughs of money on developing the latest oil exploration and drilling technologies. But when it comes to cleaning up their toxic mess when disaster strikes, every expense is spared.

Jul 09 12:20

Dick and Jane get Crucified on Corfu

The most important thing I can say today is that BP is majority owned by J.P. Morgan which is owned and controlled by the Rothschild Crime Syndicate and the Queen of England who just waddled into the U.S. with a message of peace. Let me contract and concise that statement; BP is Rothschild. BP is Rothschild. BP is Rothschild. Observe the way that BP is doing business; hiring entire police forces, controlling public lands and not even being a citizen or domestic corporate entity, insisting that cleanup workers not wear safety gear because it doesn’t look good and blackmailing fishermen as well as not paying out deserving monies on time… this serves to make hungry families subservient and pliable. This is how Rothschild does business. This is what Rothschild thinks of the world.

Jul 09 11:13

Residents outraged: BP dumping oily waste in Gulf landfills

The Gulf area may have to live with oil long after the beaches have been cleaned. Some residents are outraged that BP has been dumping oily waste in landfills in their areas.

After BP crews scoop up the oil off Gulf beaches, the waste is transported to Mississippi's Pecan Grove landfill. Even workers' protective suits, gloves, shovels, rakes and anything else that touches oil is buried there.

The Board of Supervisors in Harrison, Mississippi passed a resolution saying they don't want any BP waste in their community but there is little they can do. BP has cut deals with Waste Management, the owners of the landfill. They answer to the state instead of local county government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

Jul 09 10:53

6'4" Cop Bullies 4'11" Videographer as She Videos a BP Worker Taken Away in Ambulance

Webmaster's Commentary: 

On another note, I think she found someone who could be cast to play Beaufort T. Justice if they ever remake Smokey and the Bandit.

Jul 09 08:43

Government Trying to Sweep Size of Oil Spill Under the Rug, Just As It Tries to Sweep the Economic Crisis, 9/11 and Everything Else Under the Rug

As I previously pointed out, the Gulf oil spill is very similar to 9/11, because - in both cases - the responders helping with rescue and clean up were getting sick ... but were told they don't need any safety gear. And see this.

In addition, the government is keeping scientists away from "ground zero" of the oil spill and - for that reason - scientists cannot accurately measure the size of the oil spill.

Jul 09 07:50

Russian sub 'could stop oil leak'

Russian-owned submersibles would be able to cap the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, the captain of one of the vessels has said.

The skipper was speaking as two of the subs - which can dive to 6,000m - started a campaign of exploration at the bottom of Lake Baikal in Siberia.

He added that there was still time for the subs to help BP with the disaster.

Jul 08 16:50

Massive Amounts Of Tar Balls on Florida's Atlantic Coast Beaches

Massive Amounts Of Tar balls Cover Cocoa Beach And Cape Canaveral On The East Coast Of Central Florida
Posted by Alexander Higgins - July 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm -
Massive amounts of tarballs are now hammering the Atlantic Coast of Florida and have left a large portion of Cocoa Beach in Central Florida literally covered in tarballs.
Meanwhile local Government officials have taken a move straight from the Pensacola Beach playbook and are already misleading the public into thinking that the beaches are safe.
Mellisa Cones, director of the the Cocoa Beach Chamber of Commerce, attempts to assure the public that the tarballs are not from the BP Gulf Oil Spill by saying “it’s just to thick to be coming from the west coast”.

Jul 08 12:31

1,500 oil cleanup workers sickened says BP's lead doctor in Gulf

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And that is the count ONLY of people who went to BP for medical treatment, and does not include workers who went to their own physicians or local hospitals.

Jul 08 12:25

Hundreds Of Fishermen Missing Checks From BP

Jeffrey Briet represents more than 500 fishermen, and he said the payment system he set up with BP required his clients to be paid every 30 days. Now that process has suddenly changed without warning, Briet said.

Jul 08 12:23

Sea Shepherd at Deepwater Ground Zero. ***Exclusive footage***

Jul 08 12:03

Louisiana Gov. Jindal to Feds: No Is Not A Plan, Lead Or Get Out Of The Way

On July 6, Governor Bobby Jindal blasted the federal government for again denying a defense plan proposed by local and state officials that would block oil from further damaging Louisiana’s fragile marshlands. Over the past weekend, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied a plan to place rocks in the water that would stop oil from hitting the coast near Grand Isle – which leaves the area nearly unprotected from further oil impact.

After a flyover of Lake Pontchartrain and a meeting today with local officials, Governor Jindal said it was unacceptable for the federal government to continue to deny state and local defense plans without proposing any of their own solutions. The Governor said officials from Jefferson Parish and Grand Isle would be resubmitting the rock plan for approval.

Jul 08 11:45

Oil Water Samples From Gulf - Very Toxic

Jul 08 11:31

Hundreds Of Fishermen Missing Checks From BP

Hundreds of fishermen from Lake Charles to Moss Point, Miss., were supposed to get checks from BP on Wednesday but didn't.

Wednesday night, their lawyer wanted answers.

Jeffrey Briet represents more than 500 fishermen, and he said the payment system he set up with BP required his clients to be paid every 30 days. Now that process has suddenly changed without warning, Briet said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wouldn't bet on these people ever seeing a check from BP for their work.

Jul 08 08:48

Mitigating Annihilation

From the air, the area north of Grand Isle, Louisiana, much of it around Barataria Bay, looks like scorched earth. This area has been and is heavily afflicted by BP’s oil. The so-called clean up efforts, including laying out booms to supposedly prevent oil from destroying more marsh and killing more wildlife, are a farce.

Opaque multi-color sheen stains much of the bay, and is visible in countless inlets that snake their way into the marsh. The contrast between the green marsh area yet to be soiled and the marsh already blackened by the oil and the sheen covered Gulf water is stark. The afflicted water appears as a lifeless, dull, silvery fluid.

Jul 08 07:52

Whistleblower: Relief payments get slashed if fishermen refuse to work for BP

Any relief payment plan established in the wake of the worst environmental accident ever was bound to have its flaws, but this goes to a whole new level of wrong.

According to Gulf resident Kindra Arnesen, who turned whistleblower and full-time activist when she saw how many people were put out of work by the spill, BP will deduct money from individual payments on claims for lost income if the claimant refuses to work in assisting the spill response.

Jul 08 07:23

BP turning Gulf Coast into corporate police states

Reporters and photographers are reporting numerous incidents where they have been prohibited from approaching areas where oil has fouled Gulf beaches and have been prevented from taking photos or gathering enough information to publish reports.

Jul 08 06:43

Ecological Holocaust and its Cover-up

HOLOCAUST

The term is accurate in this context.

Holocaust = murder on a mass scale.

Future videos will show exactly how appropriate this term is, but in short, not only has BP unleashed an uncontainable disaster of geologic proportions, it's also spraying tons of a highly toxic substance - coexit - at night, against the "request" of the EPA, not to contain the oil, but to mask the scale and scope of the disaster.

This is not only creating a ecological catastrophe of unprecedented proportions, it will sicken and kill thousands, possibly millions, of people, contaminate drinking water, and damage crops and agricultural land.

And make no mistake, this catastrophe is a major bonanza for the Oil Industrial Complex.

Jul 08 06:33

Harvard Professor: ‘Exploit Gulf Disaster For Carbon Tax’

Top elitist and Harvard Professor Kenneth Rogoff has shamefully called for the BP oil spill disaster to be exploited in order to create political momentum behind a carbon tax, even going to the lengths of embracing the nightmare scenario of hurricanes pushing the oil onshore as a way to create political momentum behind Obama’s dreaded “green economy”.

Jul 08 01:24

While Big Easy Takes on Oil, Obama Sues Arizona!

Published: July 07, 2010
While Big Easy Takes on Oil, Obama Sues Arizona!
By John Lillpop
While the worst environmental disaster in history spreads to Big Easy and all of the Gulf States, Barack Hussein Obama, in a snit of poor judgment and political fraud, has unleashed the vast powers and resources of the U.S. Government against the state of Arizona for its tough, and long overdue, anti-illegal alien bill.
Call Obama's hideous meddling what you wish, pandering to illegal aliens, or trolling for votes among those who oppose secure borders and the rule of law, the fact is that Barack Obama has taken his eye off the tar balls long enough to attack a sovereign entity of the United States.
Which is either incredibly poor judgment, or out and out treason, or, most probably, both.

Jul 07 16:18

Why BP will be the next bailout

Sure, President Obama's now saying about BP, "We will make sure they pay every dime." He also pledged months ago that big banks would repay "every single dime" of bailout money.

In fact, there's an excellent chance Washington will do as it did in the financial, housing and auto-industry crises -- and decide that BP is "too big to fail." This time, it won't be to prevent panic but to keep peace among allies and to keep oil prices low. You see, the British public is outraged at us -- for being mad at BP, one of Britain's crown jewels and a huge taxpayer.

Jul 07 12:25

The BP/Government police state

Last week, I interviewed Mother Jones' Mac McClelland, who has been covering the BP oil spill in the Gulf since the first day it happened. She detailed how local police and federal officials work with BP to harass, impede, interrogate and even detain journalists who are covering the impact of the spill and the clean-up efforts. She documented one incident which was particularly chilling of an activist who -- after being told by a local police officer to stop filming a BP facility because "BP didn't want him filming" -- was then pulled over after he left by that officer so he could be interrogated by a BP security official.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's glaringly obvious by now who is actually in control of the alleged BP Gulf "cleanup", and that is the corporation itself.

Jul 07 10:56

BP Collapse Potentially More Devastating than Lehman!

As horrific as the gulf environmental catastrophe is, an even more intractable and cataclysmic disaster may be looming. The yet unknowable costs associated with clean-up, litigation and compensation damages due to arguably the world’s worst environmental tragedy, may be in the process of triggering a credit event by British Petroleum (BP) that will be equally devastating to global over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives. The potential contagion may eventually show that Lehman Bros. and Bear Stearns were simply early warning signals of the devastation lurking and continuing to grow unchecked in the $615T OTC Derivatives market.

Jul 07 10:36

Gulf awash in 27,000 abandoned wells — and no one at all is checking to see if they are leaking

More than 27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells lurk in the hard rock beneath the Gulf of Mexico, an environmental minefield that has been ignored for decades. No one — not industry, not government — is checking to see if they are leaking, an Associated Press investigation shows.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More to the point,m how many will start leaking if this lame-ass idea of using a nuke on the Deepwater Horizon site is carried out?

Jul 07 10:17

Whistleblower: Relief payments get slashed if fishermen refuse to work for BP

Any relief payment plan established in the wake of the worst environmental accident ever was bound to have its flaws, but this goes to a whole new level of wrong.

According to Gulf resident Kindra Arnesen, who turned whistleblower and full-time activist when she saw how many people were put out of work by the spill, BP will deduct money from individual payments on claims for lost income if the claimant refuses to work in assisting the spill response.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

Jul 07 09:41

BP boss in UAE amid speculation

But Haywayd's visit comes amid reports that BP had been seeking the support of foreign sovereign wealth funds (SWF) following the collapse of its share price which increased the risk of possible takeover bids by rival companies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, BP will borrow itself to the hilt to clean up the mess they made (and MMS let them) and you will spend the test of your life paying high gas prices to repay the loans. I gu7ess from BP's point of view that's a better deal than digging into their executive bonuses!

Jul 07 08:00

Gulf Coast now a BP police state as law enforcement conspires with BP to intimidate journalists

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.

Jul 07 07:48

Abandoned oil wells make Gulf of Mexico 'environmental minefield'

The Gulf of Mexico is packed with abandoned oil wells from a host of companies including BP, according to an investigation by Associated Press, which describes the area as "an environmental minefield that has been ignored for decades".

While the explosion and subsequent sinking of the Deepwater Horizon rig has thrown the spotlight sharply on BP's activities in the Gulf of Mexico, environmental safety in the area has been neglected for decades.

Jul 07 07:28

Top 20 Photos From the Gulf that Obama Doesn’t Want You to See

Although Obama appears to have ordered a media blackout of the Gulf disaster, a relative few shocking photos have leaked out thanks to enterprising area residents. You won’t be seeing these in your local paper, that’s for sure.

Jul 06 19:09

Dolphins and Whale basted in BP Oil!

This is without a doubt, the most disturbing video I have ever produced.

I saw at least 100 Dolphins dying or struggling to get out of the oil. It was many miles from any water that was not contaminated. In all likelihood, the Dolphins and Sperm Whale seen in this video are dead by now.

Jul 06 15:49

Mike Rivero: BP Gulf Oil Crisis - America's Chernobyl 1/4

Jul 06 11:10

The Relief Wells Are Ahead of Schedule … But Will They Work?

Many oil drilling experts are hopeful that BP's relief wells will succeed on the first try. I hope and pray that they do.

But the relief wells are not a slam dunk.

CBS News states:

"It's not a solid dunk," said Eric Smith, a deepwater drilling expert. "It's going to take some work."

Smith said two things could go wrong. The cut could miss the broken wellbore, and BP would just try again, or engineers could drill into hidden gas pockets.

"When you are drilling into that you have to be careful of a kick, a blowout in the relief well," Smith said.

Jul 06 10:23

BP AD Their propaganda versus the reality

Jul 06 10:04

Fending For Themselves

We finish eating and talk a little while longer before we thank Theresa again for her time and hospitality.

"We hope we don’t have to wait as long as the Alaskans did for our marine life to come back," she says, referencing the Exxon Valdez disaster from 1989, "They had to wait 17 years for their shrimp to return, and they are still waiting on their herring."

Jul 06 08:43

Sarah Palin Says 'Trust The Oil Industry'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I know you are supposed to be a ditz, Sarah, but this is abusing the privilege!

Jul 06 08:30

BP Claims Center still has unlisted phone; “Tucked away” in strip mall, “small white sign stuck in the grass” not visible from street

Tucked away in a strip center called Patriot Square in Naples, sharing a building with Victoria's Nail & Spa, Mangrove Outfitters and others, is Southwest Florida's only BP Claims Center.

The lone identifying mark is a small white sign stuck in the grass out front. The office and sign aren't visible from U.S. 41. Three signs with information about hours and more are taped to the front door.

"We're not the easiest place to find," office manager Tom Wiley said.

Jul 06 08:30

Second Tropical Depression, With 60% Chance Of Becoming A Cyclone, Forming Over Macondo Zone

According to the NHC, a weather formation, centered about 50 miles south-southeast of Morgan City, Louisiana, is packing sustained winds near tropical storm force. As the map below indicates, this is above the Macondo blowout. According to Reuters, "there was a "high chance" it will become the second named storm of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season before it makes landfall in the Terrebonne Parish area near Caillou Bay early Monday evening, the Miami-based hurricane center said." Tomorrow, the news of yet another 60% probability cyclone ramming the cleanup effort will be digested alongside the WSJ report that Libya is allegedly looking to make a staple British company part-owned by the Khadafi regime.

Jul 06 08:28

Texas BP Refinery Released 538,000 Pounds of Chemicals Into Atmosphere

Just two weeks before the Gulf spill, a BP refinery in Texas released thousands of pounds of chemicals into the atmosphere. Unsurprisingly, BP did not handle the situation well (from ProPublica/Frontline):

Two weeks before the blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, the huge, trouble-plagued BP refinery [1] in this coastal town spewed tens of thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals into the skies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While the MMS surfed internet porn and did drugs on YOUR dime!

Jul 06 08:26

Tar balls hit Texas as BP oil spill cost soars

Some 492 miles (792 kilometers) of US shoreline across the five Gulf states -- Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and now Texas -- have been oiled by the disaster.

Oil sheen and tar balls were spotted Monday near the mouth of Lake Pontchartrain, the lake near New Orleans that flooded disastrously during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Jul 06 08:09

Ron Paul Slams Federal Interference In Oil Spill Relief Efforts

As tar balls from the BP oil spill wash into Galveston, Texas, Congressman Ron Paul has slammed federal interference in the relief effort that is hampering local attempts to mitigate the consequences of the disaster, mimicking how the feds deliberately botched the response to hurricane Katrina and made the crisis worse.

“They have done a lot to interfere,” Paul told National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin on CNN’s “John King USA.”

“A lot of local officials, property owners and state officials have wanted to do more over in Louisiana and Mississippi and the federal government, the fish and wildlife people, the EPA and others, they come in and they prohibit them from doing it,” said Paul.

Jul 06 00:04

Coast Guard Media Liaison Works for BP's PR Agency, claims "I would never work on anything that would pose a conflict of interest".

...This information offered the possibility that Petty Officer Polish was a paid public relations operative for BP, working in her capacity as a Coast Guard reservist.

Did my post inadvertently provide a bully pulpit for BP and Coast Guard propaganda?

Could this be true? As it turns out, there is plenty of room for concern regarding this apparent marriage of public relations and a government agency, especially when the PR firm that employs Petty Officer Polish is the same PR firm that represents BP.

Jul 06 00:01

Greenwald: The BP/Government police state

Not surprising as the US military is BP's #1 customer.

Jul 05 23:21

To prepare for an oil spill on Columbia River: Drills, baby, drills

I know this is supposed to be a just in case, But WTF? are we expecting something on the West Coast?

ST. HELENS — The Oregon Responder, a 210-foot oil spill response vessel, dropped anchor in the middle of the Columbia River west of Portland.

Jul 05 17:27

Coast Guard Media Liaison Works for BP's PR Agency

It was Petty Officer Polish's right to offer commentary and within readers' rights to offer positive and negative commentary on my post. This is the age of interactive media after all. What absolutely floored me were the number of tips that came in on my Facebook page from concerned citizens of the Louisiana Delta and elsewhere. This information offered the possibility that Petty Officer Polish was a paid public relations operative for BP, working in her capacity as a Coast Guard reservist.

Jul 05 17:26

Officials say BP spill now hitting all Gulf states

Tar balls from the Gulf oil spill found on a Texas beach were confirmed Monday as the first evidence that gushing crude from the Deepwater Horizon well has reached all the Gulf states.

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