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Sep 03 10:59

Is "The Day After Tomorrow" Happening Today -- Ice Age Imminent?

Jeffrey Green
Activist Post

On August 29th, Lord Stirling issued a scary report warning that "The North Atlantic Current is Gone". We were hesitant to post the article before checking with sources to confirm it's validity. After such research, many of the claims that Lord Stirling makes do indeed have some scientific evidence. However, his claims that the North Atlantic Current is "gone" and that the cause is primarily the Gulf oil disaster and subsequent dispersant spraying are slightly premature. Despite these assumptions, Stirling's report has enough support to cause alarm:

Sep 03 09:59

Mississippi officials find 80 to 90 PERCENT of OYSTERS DEAD — claim NO EVIDENCE OIL CONTRIBUTED

Officials from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) voluntarily “took oyster fishermen out on the reefs off the Pass Christian Harbor on Wednesday to give them a preview of what to expect from the upcoming oyster season,” according to Biloxi’s Sun Herald.

What did they find? “An abundance of empty oyster shells… DMR officials dredged for oysters and pulled up catches with about 80 to 90 percent of the oysters dead,” the paper reported.

Sep 03 09:51

BP ultimatum: Let us drill or funds will dry up

Oil giant BP is telling lawmakers that if it isn't allowed to get new offshore drilling permits in the Gulf, it will not be able to afford to pay for the damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the New York Times reported in its Friday edition.

The Times reports the UK-based oil giant is on the warpath against a drilling reform bill passed by the House earlier this summer that would effectively bar BP from getting new drilling permits in the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In a normal world, where representatives of the people of the country actually determined what when on in the country, this threat would be characterized as "blackmail"; however, because BP has certain "male attributes" they are able to squeeze very forcibly in both the White House and Congress, I would almost bet that BP will get those new offshore drilling permits.

Sep 03 08:54

Dead Pygmy Sperm Whale Washes Ashore On Beach

Sep 03 08:53

INLAND fish kill near Destin, FL: Reporter says “red plume replaced the visible bottom” & “Oily sheen with a foamy, bubbling substance with reddish stringy globs”

Sep 03 08:52

More whales wash ashore in Florida

Sep 03 08:50

No Safe Harbor on Gulf Coast; Human Blood Tests Show Dangerous Levels of Toxic Exposure

Even as BP and US government officials continue to declare the oil spill over at Mississippi Canyon 252 and the cleanup operation an unqualified success, for the first time blood tests on sickened humans have shown signs of exposure to high levels of toxic chemicals related to crude oil and dispersants. Some of the individuals tested have not been on the beaches, were not involved in any cleanup operations or in the Gulf water -- they simply live along the Gulf Coast

Sep 03 08:49

BP cleanup worker: "EVERY shovel full was LIQUID OIL" while "actually IN the water" in Pensacola, FL

Sep 03 08:48

Mariner Energy Platform Explodes in Gulf of Mexico

A mile-long (1.6-kilometer), 100-foot-wide (30-meter) sheen of oil was sighted near the burning Vermilion 380 platform, which stands in less than 400 feet of water, the Coast Guard said earlier today, citing a report from Houston-based Mariner.

Sep 03 06:53

Let's send British Petroleum into the Fires of Hell.

When you talk about British Petroleum you have to talk about the Bride of Dracula, the original noxious, bat cave, the Queen of England, also the head of the Black Nobility; or close enough. My favorite picture of this slithering reptile is when she goes around on Christmas Day or New Years and dispenses season’s greetings to the junkies and homeless on the street. After a heartfelt, “Merry Christmas!” and a brisk handshake, it’s on to the next affair of state, which usually involves a senior cabinet member porking his chauffeur.

Sep 03 03:20

Video Gulf Stream dying is making extreme weather - Lord Stirling

The Earl of Stirling makes it clear that the ingrained spin of the West is not going to help the ever worsening Oil Spill, he points to a collapse of the Gulf Stream and the extreme weather patterns developing. This is the first part of a web conference interview.

Part2:
Gulf Stream & Simmons dead a New Ice Age Earl Of Stirling
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDh5gPmzn3E

Part3
Earl of Stirling Oil Spill Spin & Science
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfgMXBLufNw

Sep 02 21:07

Public Website Created for Examination of Environmental Sampling Data

For weeks, Attorney Stuart Smith and researchers Dr. William Sawyer and Marco Kaltofen have been providing evidence contrary to the federal government's assertions that the oil from the BP DEEPWATER HORIZON catastrophe is gone and that seafood from oil-impacted waters are not compromised.

Now, citizens can examine for themselves data compiled by Gulf Oil Disaster Recovery and the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) at a public website maintained by Dr. Kaltofen's company, Boston Chemical Data.

"We are thrilled about this new resource," said Marylee Orr, Executive Director, LEAN. "This website allows anyone interested to see what chemicals were found, where they were found, and how much was found. We feel the public has the right to this information."

Sep 02 14:18

TEST THE RAIN

Test The Rain Project originated out of concern due to the dispersants being used in the BP gulf oil spill. The EPA along with the Coast Guard provided little oversight over the decisions being made by BP. It was estimated that 1.8 million gallons of dispersant, mainly corexit 9500, had been sprayed into the gulf. Many conflicting reports have come out of the gulf area concerning all aspects of the spill.

Attempting to understand the environmental and health risk associated with the gulf oil spill only raised more unanswered questions. Finding those answers from BP or other Governmental agencies only raised a vale over the spill.

Sep 02 12:19

Corporate Meteors Strike US Gulf (They Got the Whole World In Their Hands)

Perhaps the British Petroleum/Nalco event was the wakeup call we needed in order to look more closely at untouchable corporations that began running the whole world 100 years ago. This is a paper about corporate communism, which is otherwise known as "monopolies" that are now rampant in the US. Monopolies always engage in conspiracy, and their first goal is to conspire to eliminate their competition and choices, establish control over prices and the masses by an elite few. The April 20, 2010, BP oil catastrophe in America's Gulf can be described as a monumental corporate conspiracy. BP was permitted by cronies to dig a hole to China off Louisiana's shores without safety measures or concern for the Gulf's marine ecosystem.

Sep 02 11:37

Oil sheen spreading from rig blast site

A mile-long oil sheen spread Thursday from an offshore petroleum platform burning in the Gulf of Mexico off Lousiana, west of the site of BP's massive spill.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Coklough said the sheen, about 100 feet wide, was spotted near the platform owned by Houston-based Mariner Energy Inc.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Once is a disaster. Twice is stupid!

Sep 02 11:21

Oil sheen spreading from Gulf platform explosion

NEW ORLEANS, La. – A mile-long oil sheen spread Thursday from an offshore petroleum platform burning in the Gulf of Mexico off Lousiana, west of the site of BP's massive spill.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Coklough said the sheen, about 100 feet wide, was spotted near the platform owned by Houston-based Mariner Energy Inc.

He said Mariner had deployed three firefighting vessels to the site and one already was in place fighting the blaze.

The Coast Guard says no one was killed in the explosion and fire, which was reported by a commercial helicopter flying over the site around 9 a.m. CDT. All 13 people aboard the rig were rescued as they floated in the nearby water in survival outfits called gumby suits.

Sep 02 09:39

Well blows out 80 miles off the coast of Vermilion Parish

Coast Guard received reports around 9 am this morning of an oil rig on fire and people in the water.

Sep 02 09:16

Oil Rig Explodes Off Louisiana Coast

How Much more of this are people going to take? What are the odds of another Rig Explosion?

Sep 02 08:46

Dispersant controversy, oil plumes persist in the Gulf

Down a winding road that hugs the water of Bayou La Batre in southern Alabama, out-of-work shrimp boats float quietly along the piers. Near the end of the road, the Alabama state dock houses a dozen twin-engine, steel-hulled boats that BP has under contract to do oil cleanup work. Police cars guard the entrance.

Across the harbor at the end of the public pier, four large white plastic containers sit on pallets labeled: "Nalco Corexit EC9005A. Oil Spill dispersant. Caution: may cause irritation with prolonged contact…do not get in eyes, on skin, on clothing...." Some of the containers have black hand-written letters on the back that says "oil waste water" or "clean water." Another container sits further away on a pallet by itself, with the same warning label but clean.

Sep 02 08:38

ANOTHER OIL RIG EXPLODES IN THE GULF!

WWL-TV in New Orleans has confirmed the Coast Guard is responding to a rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

Dozens are reported injured.

According to the Coast Guard, it happened 80 miles south of Grand Isle.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The MMS has had four months to make certain that the oil rigs remaining in the gulf were safe from the sort of explosions that destroyed the Deepwater Horizon April 20th. Obviously, they failed.

President Obama had 400 days PLUS Four Months to make certain the MMS was doing their job. Obviously, Obama failed.

Obama fiddles with Israel while the gulf burns.

Sep 02 08:18

Reader Photos of Corexit Damage to the Everglades

Sep 02 08:02

The Corexit Experiment - Oil Spill Law

Sep 02 07:59

Risks remain with Gulf well cap coming off

NEW ORLEANS — The cap that ended BP's three-month oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico was set to come off Thursday as a prelude to raising a massive, failed piece of equipment and preparing for a final seal on the broken seafloor well.

Engineers and the government were not expecting crude to break out again when the cap is lifted, but the government wasn't offering any guarantees and oil collection vessels were set to be on standby on the surface just in case.

Sep 02 07:59

Wellhead is BENT (not just a tilting BOP) — “It did not pop straight back up”

Sep 02 07:58

Now Naples-area water testing shows “chemical compounds that can only come from Corexit 9527?

Sep 02 07:57

Overhead shot of black blobs seeping from seafloor -- Sep. 1

Sep 02 07:55

Tremendous amount of fast-flowing white chunks (methane hydrates?) at seafloor -- Sep. 1

Sep 02 07:54

Mobile, AL man says dispersants harmed “central nervous systems” and “internal organs”

Christopher Eldridge of Mobile, Alabama… alleges he was injured during BP oil spill response work by exposure to dispersants… according to court documents.

Sep 02 07:53

BP backpeddles on oil in Pensacola Bay

Despite persistent denials from BP last week, thousands of pounds of weathered oil is being pulled from under the surface of Pensacola Bay every day.

During more than a dozen interviews last week, BP officials and spokespeople for a number of government agencies working on the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill response denied knowledge of oil in the bay.

Even as they spoke, however, Escambia County officials and local fishermen were reporting finding weathered oil, as they've been doing for weeks. BP's own crews were hand-scooping it up, and a submerged-oil team from BP's Deepwater Horizon Response Incident Command Post in Mobile was investigating.

Sep 01 20:21

How investors are making a Killing on the BP Oil Disaster

"But it’s not all bad news.
That’s because the worse the crisis, the greater the opportunity. And right now, savvy investors are quietly positioning themselves for game-changing gains in 2010."

Sep 01 15:57

Raw Footage: Dispersant is STILL being sprayed,plumes in Florida and Alabama

Project Gulf Impact has released a new video that shows the dispersant/oil plumes that we reported on a little under a week ago. Some of the dispersant was still in powder form, an indication that it was freshly sprayed!

Sep 01 13:30

State official concerned area to be “COVERED in OIL AGAIN” after storm stirs up underwater plumes

State Director of Coastal Activities Garret Graves said… “We don’t want to pull up all the stakes and send all the skimmers away and everything else only to have a storm come through and stir up the plumes, and next thing we know, we’re covered in oil again.”

Sep 01 11:42

Project Gulf Impact: Three Different Doctors find PAHs, Heavy Metals, and Arsenic in Blood

It’s been a collaboration of a couple of groups working on the oil spill and other people.

They are actually finding the toxins that are in the oil in the blood of the people who live down there.

Its horrifying because they’re cumulative and they’re heavy metals and toxins…

Sep 01 10:37

BP Workers Orderded Not To Clean Up Oil; Dispersants Sprayed At Night To Sink Oil Instead

BP Vessel of Opportunity Workers Allege that Oil Is Not Being Cleaned Up During the Day … Instead, Corexit Is Being Sprayed at Night

Sep 01 10:37

Uncovering Lies About Disappearing Oil And Toxic Dispersants Found In BP Gulf Oil Spill Waters Opened For Fishing

The rampant use of toxic dispersants, out-of-state private contractors being brought in to spray them and US Coast Guard complicity are common stories now in the four states most affected by BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

While the government denies these reports and even denies using military aircraft to spray dispersants altogether there is plenty of evidence proving they are lying.

Aug 31 17:30

Report: “Miles of dead fish in lower Plaquemines” in Louisiana — “Many types” floating at Garden Island

Aug 31 11:05

Chemist: Oysters contain 1.25% (12,500 ppm) hydrocarbons near MS River Delta

Results of sampling performed by the Lower Mississippi River Keeper in the Lower Atchafalaya Bay area on August 2, 2010

Aug 31 11:04

“CAULIFLOWER” oil near Biloxi tests positive for THREE ingedients in ‘COREXIT’ — “Never seen it that thick before” says photographer

“I’d never seen [oil] that thick before. It looked like cauliflower [PHOTO]. I had never seen it that texture before,” said Jerry Moran, a photographer who made the trip with the scientists.

“This weathered oil was encountered in the Mississippi Sound near Biloxi on August 9,” reported Raines.

Aug 31 11:02

BP Using Gulf Oil Spill Victims As Pawns To Pressure Alabama To Drop Charges

I recently wrote that the State of Alabama has filed charges against BP and Transocean for covering up the BP Gulf Oil spill and for using dangerous toxic dispersants that have destroyed the environment.

Now if we can only get other states to follow suit AND add a few more defendants to the list like the cronies in the Government who are allowing this to happen.

Aug 31 09:56

Oil Tests Positive for Dispersants in the Mississippi Sound

Lumpy, degraded oil collected in the Mississippi Sound has tested positive for several of the main ingredients in the Corexit dispersant used in connection with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, according to scientists working for a New Orleans-based lawyer.

Officials with the federal government and BP PLC have maintained throughout the oil spill that no dispersant products have been used near shorelines in Alabama or Mississippi.

Aug 31 09:29

Houston, We Have A HUGE Problem ! ! ! (BP America is headquartered in Houston, TX)

Compelling Evidence Points To A Different Well Being Capped.

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Aug 31 09:27

Gulf Disaster Fading? Not according to the AP — Memo reveals appointments to “three new positions covering the spill and its aftermath”

[T]o follow the fallout from the largest such disaster in U.S. history… [t]he AP has appointed Harry Weber, Brian Skoloff and Pat Semansky to three new positions covering the spill and its aftermath. According to a staff memo sent Monday…

Aug 31 09:26

Black blobs seep from capping stack as Feds deny any "flow of hyrdrocarbons" (Aug. 30)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

About 30 seconds in...

Aug 31 09:25

Feds: "Extreme fragility" of pipe inside well

Aug 30 14:36

A poor appetite for gulf seafood

In Louisiana, where the fishing industry is as much a part of the state as Mardi Gras, even locals won't eat the catch.

Aug 30 13:25

Tests find sickened family has 50.3 ppm of Corexit’s 2-butoxyethanol in swimming pool

“Our heads are still swimming,” stated Barbara Schebler of Homosassa, Florida, who received word last Friday that test results on the water from her family’s swimming pool showed 50.3 ppm of 2-butoxyethanol, a marker for the dispersant Corexit 9527A used to break up and sink BP’s oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

The problems began for the Scheblers a few weeks after the April 20 blow-out. “Our first clue were rashes we both got early in May. Both my husband and I couldn’t get rid of the rashes and had to get cream from our doctor,” Schebler noted, “I never had a rash in my life.”

Aug 30 11:24

Hurricane Earl a Category 3 and getting stronger

Earl's center is expected to pass near or over the northernmost Virgin Islands Monday afternoon or evening, the center said.

The storm is expected to turn northwest on Tuesday, it said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If indeed BP merely covered over the oil spill with fresh sand, then the next major hurricane across those shorelines will make the deception obvious to all.

Aug 30 09:23

The Gulf Blue Plague is Evolving - Part II: Corexit + Bacteria = Mutated Viruses

The mutagenic achievement of certain chemical agents was first discovered in the former USSR. In 1946, the mutagenic properties of formaldehyde and mustard gas were discovered. Since then, many hundreds of chemical mutagens have been established.

It’s only in microorganisms (such as bacteria and viruses) that some chemical mutagens can drastically increase the mutation rate of certain genes over the mutation rate of the other genes. Chemical mutagens are responsible for a greater number of mutations than are physical mutagens.

Aug 30 07:44

Lab Confirms Toxic Corexit In Sickened Family's Pool

“Our heads are still swimming,” stated Barbara Schebler of Homosassa, Florida, who received word last Friday that test results on the water from her family’s swimming pool showed 50.3 ppm of 2-butoxyethanol, a marker for the dispersant Corexit 9527A used to break up and sink BP’s oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

The problems began for the Scheblers a few weeks after the April 20 blow-out. “Our first clue were rashes we both got early in May. Both my husband and I couldn’t get rid of the rashes and had to get cream from our doctor,” Schebler noted, “I never had a rash in my life.”

Then, on “July [23], my husband Warren mowed the lawn. It was hot so he got in the pool to cool off afterward. That afternoon he had severe diarrhea and very dark urine. This lasted about 2 days,” she revealed.

Aug 29 23:33

BP Deploying Armada Of Unmanned Drone Boats To Gulf

BP deploying unmanned drones to monitor the Gulf - unmanned marine robots deployed for years at a time to monitor water quality, marine mammal vocalizations and weather and water temperature data.

This exactly what we need - foreign boats floating around the entire Gulf monitoring every move.

Aug 29 23:28

BP Deploying Armada Of Unmanned Drone Boats To Monitor BP Gulf Oil Spill

BP has announced it will deploy an armada of unmanned drone boats – called Wave Gliders – to monitor the BP Gulf Oil Spill.

These unmanned marine robots run completely off of wave action and solar power and will be deployed for years at a time to monitor water quality, marine mammal vocalizations and weather and water temperature data.

Aug 29 18:35

Obama vows to finish Gulf Coast recovery

President Barack Obama pledged on Sunday to finish restoring the Gulf Coast area hit by Hurricane Katrina, five years after the storm ravaged the region and hurt the credibility of his Republican predecessor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And there is the motive for all this focus on Katrina the last week, to get Obama off of the hook for the oil disaster by reminding everyone how bad Bush screwed the gulf.

Well, BOTH Presidents @#%$ed up. Bush is gone. Obama is still here wrecking the place.

Aug 29 11:14

Stop the Press; Military Operation Underway in U.S.

Stopping the press is exactly what the establishment has done in regards to the BP oil disaster (or should I say military operation) The media blackout is not even the half of it. The more we dig deeper into this situation the scarier it actually gets. The true scope and scale of this massive military operation is hard to digest. There are clearly some red flags triggering questions that must be raised, and this is where is gets strange.

Nine days after the apparent Deepwater accident, Obama announced that the oil spill would become a Dept. of Defense operation and that the Department of the Interior had dispatched SWAT teams to the Gulf to inspect all platforms and rigs.

Aug 29 10:41

Despite "All Clear," Mississippi Sound Tests Positive for Oil

On August 19, Truthout accompanied two commercial fishermen from Mississippi on a trip into the Mississippi Sound in order to test for the presence of submerged oil. Laboratory test results from samples taken on that trip show extremely high concentrations of oil in the Mississippi Sound.

Aug 29 09:48

Boat explosion in Buras injures several fishermen

A boat explosion in Buras has left several people injured, including a former Plaquemines Parish councilman.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BP is leaving a suspicious trial of 'connected' bodies. Strange??? You decide.
Wasn't there a BP contractor who was hit, and killed, by a car? Matt Simmons and his heart attack... Two BP contractors 'suddenly' commit suicide... And, of course, Alaskan X Senator Ted Stevens (with BP ties) and his strange plane crash. Any more??

Aug 28 19:02

‘Blue Flu’ cases spreading around Gulf

“Blue Flu” infecting people along the Gulf of Mexico, other southern states?

Some people are calling it the BP Flu. But it is commonly being called the Blue Flu, because the alleged symptoms include blue lips and skin; and it’s scaring the hell out of people all around the Gulf area –from Texas to Florida.

This Blue Flu is separate from people experiencing something called TILT, or “Toxic-Induced Loss of Tolerance.” TILT is something that hit some of the folks who had been working on the massive cleanup surrounding the oil spill. Symptoms from TILT include eyes and skin being irritated, headaches and dizzines.

People with TILT are typically those who were in the immediate area of the spill, mostly those directly involved with the cleanup. Those suffering from Blue Flu are an entirely different matter. These are people who were not in direct contact with the spill, or the cleanup chemicals. They simply live in the south, near the Gulf.

Symptoms include swollen glands, notably in the neck, fever, vomiting, headache, bluish lip color, numbness in fingers and toes. The most alarming symptom being reported is “severe symptomatic cyanosis.” This is the entire body turning blue, a discoloration of the skin.

Aug 28 18:55

BP Investigation Blocked By Senate

The senate blocks investigation of BP.

The House voted 420 to 1 to give the presidential commission investigating the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico full subpoena power.

The Senate blocked it.

No subpoena powers. No real investigation.

---Comment---

Even if the President had subpoena power to investigate BP oil, would he even use it? I have a doubt. -- kdtroxel

“Free enterprise ended in the United States a good many years ago. Big oil, big steel, big agriculture avoid the open marketplace. Big corporations fix prices among themselves and drive out the small entrepreneur. In their conglomerate forms, the huge corporations have begun to challenge the legitimacy of the state.” – Gore Vidal

Aug 28 15:08

Confirmed: Corexit Still Being Sprayed in the Gulf

The City's test results have now come back, showing 66 parts per million of dispersant.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

EPA has found that exposure to 42 parts per million killed 50% of mysid shrimp within 4 days

Aug 28 11:57

Alabama Charges BP, Transocean For BP Gulf Oil Spill Coverup and Using Dangerous Toxic Dispersants

Now if we can only get other states to follow suit AND add a few more defendants to the list like the cronies in the Government who are allowing this to happen.

WKRG News 5 in Alabama reports that the Attorney General of Alabama has filed charges against BP and Transocean for covering up the BP Gulf Oil Spill and using a dangerous and highly toxic choice of chemical dispersants among other things.

Aug 27 19:05

Large Oil-Corexit Plumes, Fish Kill Coverup and Wackenhut(Photos)

Pictures of freshly sprayed dispersant and a new fish kill.

Everyday it seems we get more and more proof that oil and dispersant are still poisoning the Gulf of Mexico. Project Gulf Impact recently took their second boat trip in the last week. The first trip brought us photos of freshly sprayed dispersant, totally destroying the myth that this disaster is reaching its end.

Large oil and dispersant plumes still linger, continually poisoning and destroying our precious oceans. Internal BP documents show that there were not one but TWO wells, raising the possibility that the ROV cameras may have never been placed near the real leak.

Aug 27 09:51

Blue whale carcasss washes up on Icelandic beach

In a very rare event, the body of a dead blue whale has washed up on a beach in North Iceland, causing quite a stir in the scientific community.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the whale was following the gulf stream current, then it has been feeding off of the Atlantic seaboard, which means possible poisoning from eating krill contaminated with oil and dispersants.

Aug 27 09:32

Fishsticks and the Temporary Art of a Plastic Stationary Ass.

Well, I haven’t got any idea who Katy Perry is but I saw a link on Newsweek, which I ran into after reading a link to Newsweek from MSNBC.com about how the seafood in The Gulf of Mexico is safer and tastier than the seafood in any body of water in the world; more or less and it was about her dirty mind. From the picture, I was interested enough to wonder what mind they were talking about, with her ice cream cone licking, children’s fairytale set, which it proved to be when I clicked it and it started playing.

Aug 27 08:18

Cousteau, other experts “stunned” by island “littered” with “many dead birds” — It’s “clear” birds poisoned by BP disaster

Aug 27 08:08

New Outrages Keep Gushing From BP

In its national PR blitz to buff up its image, the oil giant has loudly been boasting that it has hired devastated, out-of-work local people to handle the clean-up. Many have been hired, but the people themselves say not nearly enough. The Nation magazine now reports a big reason for the shortfall — BP has been using inmates to do much of the shoveling and scooping to remove oil from Louisiana beaches.

Aug 26 10:38

BP BACKPEDAL: WE are not using dispersants, but NOT CERTAIN about others — “We have lots of contractors, but no one should be using them”

The next day at a town hall meeting in Buras, LA, BP Mobile Incident Commander Keith Seilhan was asked about the use of chemical dispersants. “We are not using dispersants and haven’t been for some time,” he said.

But when asked whether contractors who operate in state waters could be, he said he could not be certain.

Aug 26 09:30

Feds finally admit oil buried “14 inches under the sand” near Destin, Florida

Officials from the Federal Environmental Protection Agency were on Walton County’s Beaches this week digging holes and finding oil product as deep as 14 inches under the sand.

Aug 26 09:26

“POST-apocalyptic” scene: Two families play in ocean at GRAND ISLE, LA near floating tar balls — Father throwing sand at son

A father jokingly throws sand at his little boy who laughs while dodging it. This, against a background of oil rigs and platforms looming in the Gulf. In the foreground, littering the beach, are tar balls.

We stroll through the area, eyeing even more tar balls that bob lazily underwater, amidst sand ripples in the shallows…

Aug 26 08:31

“We’re seeing way more dispersant than ever before” Large, thick oil plumes, freshly sprayed with poison!

Today, Project Gulf Impact is out on the waters in and around Orange Beach Alabama. What they have found is exactly the opposite of what BP and the federal government have told the American people. Not only did they find oil but they apparently found what looks to be freshly sprayed dispersant, still in powder form.

Why is this toxic dispersant still being sprayed? Warnings from scientists and independent journalists have indicated that Corexit could effect the gulf for at least twenty years.

“Dead fish in Alabama – cells ruptured with lots of corexit and dispersed oil all around….The oil is thick, dispersant already trying to hide it, with dead catfish in plumes.”

Aug 25 17:30

Researchers reveal 80 PERCENT of crab larvae samples from Florida to Louisiana have “oil orange droplets” — NOAA says “HAVE NOT FOUND” IT

The Christian Science Monitor followed up on “marine biologist Erin Grey, a post-doctoral researcher at Tulane University, [who] discovered oily orange droplets inside blue crab larvae she collected in areas affected by the BP oil spill.”

Aug 25 17:29

13.3 ppm of COREXIT found INLAND, near Florida border — Chemist says tests show “toxic solvent” 2-butoxyethanol that “RUPTURES red blood cells” (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

[Cotton Bayou, Ala. resident] Margaret Long… first got suspicious when she saw something in the water she had never seen before. She even took photographs, “Some times it’s about the size of a half dollar. Some times it streams along and its like floating sand.”

She got samples and sent them to chemist Bob Naman in Mobile whose tests results show 13.3 ppm of the chemical dispersant corexit. …

“It concerns me,” says Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon. …

“There is an anger yes, very much an anger. I fear what the long term affects are going to be.” Her only question now is what will be done about it.

Aug 25 17:28

What’s the Rush? “NOAA sends its samples to a lab in POLAND” — “Will take MONTHS” to know

While the initial samples did not show up the droplets [of an oily, orange substance in blue crab larvae], more definitive answers will take months, Lamkin says… adding that NOAA sends its samples to a laboratory in Poland for separation. “It will be some months before we know.” …

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