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GULF AND OTHER OIL DISASTERS

Jun 28 09:47

IRS says it wants its share of BP payments received by oil spill victims

The Internal Revenue Service says oil spill victims who receive BP payments for lost wages will have to pay up come tax time.

Under current law, BP payments for lost wages are taxable -- just like the wages would have been, the IRS said in tax guidance issued Friday. Payments for physical injuries or property loss, however, are generally tax free. Payments for emotional distress? Taxable, though medical expenses related to the emotional distress are deductible.

Jun 28 09:45

Gulf oil spill: Could 'toxic storm' make beach towns uninhabitable?

Residents fear mass relocations should a hurricane kick the Gulf oil spill onto resort towns. ‘Hazmat cards’ are a hot commodity among residents, since they could be the key to return.

Jun 28 09:44

Florida Panhandle tourism tanks as more spilled oil hits beaches

Tourist businesses from Pensacola to Panama City are starting to feel the full financial crunch of the massive BP oil spill.

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Jun 28 09:43

American Academy of Pediatrics: Children Should Stay Away from Oil

Given that parents are letting their kids play in the oil, please note that the American Academy of Pediatrics has released the following statement on the Gulf oil spill:

* Children should be directly supervised and should not be allowed to play in or around areas where the water or beach contains oil or sludge.

* Children, and whenever possible teens, should not be involved in clean-up efforts but should only return after the area is cleaned up. Children should be the last group to return to areas impacted by oil or other toxic substances.

* Children should not be involved in swimming, boating, or clean-up activities in areas impacted by the oil spill.

Jun 28 08:46

CDC advises “Everyone, including pregnant women” to avoid areas affected by spill; Expert says crude oil contains “some of the most toxic chemicals that we know”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has issued health warnings…

While they suggest there is no threat, the CDC simultaneously advised “everyone, including pregnant women” to avoid spill-affected areas. …

Shira Kramer, an epidemiologist who has conducted research for the petroleum industry on the health consequences of exposure to petroleum, said she is concerned that the risks are being downplayed.

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Jun 28 08:23

Tar-like substance halts swimming in SC river

South Carolina health officials have banned swimming in parts of a major river after regulators found a gooey, tar-like substance in river mud.

The State newspaper in Columbia reports that signs advising people not to swim in part of the Congaree River went up on Friday.

Jun 28 07:40

Frustrated by boycott, station owners want BP help

Tension is mounting between BP and the neighborhood retailers that sell its gasoline.

As more Americans shun BP gasoline as a form of protest over the Gulf oil spill, station owners are insisting BP do more to help them convince motorists that such boycotts mostly hurt independently owned businesses, not the British oil giant.

To win back customers, they'd like the company's help in reducing the price at the pump.

Jun 28 07:13

BP denies Russian report that embattled CEO Tony Hayward leaving

Russia's state RIA Novosti news agency is quoting a senior Russian cabinet official as saying that BP chief executive Tony Hayward is expected to resign, a report BP denied.

It quoted Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin as saying that Hayward "is leaving his post."

Sechin, who is set to meet with Hayward on Monday, said the BP chief would introduce his successor.

Jun 28 05:46

Florida Beaches Reopen: 400 Get Sick

The Escambia County Health Department lifted a health advisory on Pensacola Beach on Friday on the advice of a beach official and against the advice of a federal environmental official....[leaving] the decision to swim in the Gulf of Mexico up to the discretion of individual beachgoers.

The oil impact signs would be posted indefinitely and warn beachgoers that oil has washed up on the beaches. But... would not prohibit people from going swimming... would warn beachgoers to avoid touching oily product on the beach and in the water... would advise them leaving the beach and seeking medical help if they experience respiratory problems.

Jun 28 01:00

Truth And Consequences

Imagine you're in a television station newsroom and you've just been given an
assignment. It's about a blowout in an oil well and you have to have it on air tonight.
The story has been rolling for a couple of months, and it's time for a new angle. You instantly
think of something dramatic like "Extinction Level Event." But you know that won't fly.
It stands to reason that television without pictures is like newspapers without print so the first
thing you do is begin visualizing the images you'll need to cover the story.
(Everybody imagines some sort of movie in their mind when they're talking or listening or
reading. So listen up and turn on your inner DVD player as we get to the story about the
future - including several variations on a theme.)

Jun 27 20:15

Oil on the gulf coast. Seagrove Beach, FL.

OK, tell me I'm seeing things here.

Look at the color of the water.
Look at the stain on the sand.
And people are swimming in it!

Are they nuts?

Jun 27 19:59

EPA opening public “Decontamination Stations”; 400 people seek medical care after visiting Florida beach

...So far, 400 people have sought medical care for upper or lower respiratory problems, headaches, nausea, and eye irritation after trips to Escambia County beaches, Lanza said...

Jun 27 16:15

Kid with oil stuck on her! Destin Beach, Fl. June 23rd, 2010

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are these parents out of their @#$%ing minds letting their kids play in this toxic sludge?

Jun 27 12:17

While America burns, Obama bin Golfin.

Is he even any good at the game?

Jun 27 10:55

Avertible catastrophe

he Americans, overwhelmed by the catastrophic consequences of the BP spill, finally relented and took the Dutch up on their offer — but only partly. Because the U.S. didn’t want Dutch ships working the Gulf, the U.S. airlifted the Dutch equipment to the Gulf and then retrofitted it to U.S. vessels. And rather than have experienced Dutch crews immediately operate the oil-skimming equipment, to appease labour unions the U.S. postponed the clean-up operation to allow U.S. crews to be trained.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There can be only one characterization of the US government's response to the Dutch offer of help: collectively, catastrophically insane.

Jun 27 10:50

No skimmers in sight as oil floods into Mississippi waters

A morning flight over the Mississippi Sound showed long, wide ribbons of orange-colored oil for as far as the eye could see and acres of both heavy and light sheen moving into the Sound between the barrier islands. What was missing was any sign of skimming operations from Horn Island to Pass Christian.

Saturday’s briefing projected oil would be on the beaches of the barrier islands, the Chandeleurs, in Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. For Sunday the projection of beached oil showed thicker lines as the bulk of the oil body moved closer.

For Monday the projection was more of the same, except it included a red X at Bay St. Louis, meaning the forecast is oil will reach the mainland there.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the people of the Gulf of Mexico whose lives have been destroyed by this catastrophe: neither BP nor the Federal nor state governments can or will do anything tangible to help you.

You are absolutely on your own, period, end of discussion.

Jun 27 10:30

Gulf Coast Toxicity Syndrome

While the situation in the Gulf is grim it will soon get a lot grimmer. There are certain chemicals mixed in with the oil that release toxic gases, finding a way to make it up into the air. Many different gases from hydrogen sulfate to benzene are being released into the air at around 4000 times what it considered safe to humans. As a result of this people are going to become gravely ill. People are going to be poisoned and unfortunately some are going to die. We have already seen breathing problems in the Gulf region and now reports are coming in as far away as Atlanta, Georgia.

Jun 27 10:06

Reaching too Far, Delving too Deep: The Well from Hell

Some geologists say that BP's arrogance has set off a series of events that may be irreversible. There are some that think that BP has drilled into an deep-core oil volcano that cannot be stopped, regardless of the horizontal drills the company claims will stop the oil plume in August.

Geologist, Chris Landau, for instance, has called for a showing of the mudlogs. A mudlog is a schematic cross sectional drawing of the lithology (rock type) of the well that has been bored.

So far, no one has seen them... BP keeps them hidden.

Jun 27 09:29

BP Slick Covers Dolphins and Whales.mov

Jun 27 08:56

Toxic Rain Hysteria Fueled by Internet Hoaxer…

It’s worth noting that some of this oily-rain hysteria is fueled by an online article which cites a Russian ministerial report warning that toxic oil-spill rains could “destroy all life” on the North American continent. Crucially, the report states that Corexit — the toxic dispersant BP is using — could undergo “phase transition” and then fall with rain. A paragraph on evaporation is simply cut-n-pasted from Wikipedia without attribution.

The author (Sorcha Faal AKA David Booth) is a well-known disinfo hoaxer, often citing imaginary high-level Russian sources in his fantastical and apocalyptic “analysis.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now you know why Sorcha Faal aka David Booth (who lives suspiciously close to the CIA) is banned at this site. His hoaxes give the media an easy way to ridicule and dismiss the blogs.

Jun 27 02:15

Is Toxic Corexit Rain Killing Crops in Mississippi?

Yobie Benjamin, writing for The San Francisco Chronicle, is reporting what nobody else in the corporate media is reporting — a mysterious disease has stricken crops in Mississippi and it may be connected to the BP oil gusher.

“It seems like damage brought by the oil gusher has spread way beyond the ocean, coastal areas and beaches. Collateral damage now appears to include agricultural damage way inland Mississippi,” writes Benjamin. The disease has caused widespread damage to plants from weeds to farmed organic and conventionally grown crops.

Jun 26 21:13

Florida contractor hiring ONLY former convicts for oil cleanup; Worker says soon he’ll be able to “live comfortable”

Gay said there are requirements for whom the organization can train and hire.

First, only ex-offenders who have been released from prison within the last 2 1/2 years -- from January 2008 or later -- can apply.

The organization can't hire anyone who has a violent record or any arrests involving sex crimes.

The work is physical, so the nonprofit is looking for people between 18 and 45 years old.

Finally, they must be a U.S. Citizen, and they must pass a drug test and consent to random drug tests.

Jun 26 21:08

Exxon Valdez foreman: ‘Oil is 1,000 times more toxic than we thought’

Many of the thousands of Exxon Valdez cleanup workers have died or have become seriously ill from inhaling the toxic mist and handling dispersants that contained benzene and other chemicals.

One cleanup chemical, 2-Butoxyethanol, can be absorbed through the skin and cause blood and kidney damage resulting in headaches, respiratory problems and even death, according to the material safety data sheet for the dispersant, INIPOL, which was used in the cleanup of the Exxon Valdez spill.

Jun 26 21:03

20 million people are “to have to evacuate the gulf states” says prominent oil-industry insider

A tropical wave has formed in the Caribbean and could conceivably blow through the gulf.

“We’re going to have to evacuate the gulf states,” said Matt Simmons, founder of Simmons and Co., an oil investment firm and, since the April 20 blowout, the unflagging source of end-of-the-world predictions. “Can you imagine evacuating 20 million people? . . . This story is 80 times worse than I thought.” …

Jun 26 18:25

La. Police Doing BP's Dirty Work

Is the Gulf Coast a British Colony? Does BP blackmailing the feckless Homo-bama?

Jun 26 18:01

BP oil spill Corexit dispersants suspected in widespread crop damage

Last May 24, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson promised, "We will conduct our own tests to determine the least toxic, most effective dispersant available in the volumes necessary for a crisis of this magnitude... I am not satisfied that BP has done an extensive enough analysis of other dispersant options."

As of today, those tests have not been completed, according to the EPA. In the meantime, BP has dumped 1.4 million gallons of Corexit on the gulf.

t seems like damage brought by the oil gusher has spread way beyond the ocean, coastal areas and beaches. Collateral damage now appears to include agricultural damage way inland Mississippi.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The damage to the US food chain here may be more horrendous than any one originally thought, particularly if Corexit has damaged crops in inland Mississippi.

Jun 26 11:39

The Coming Gulf Coast Firestorm: How the BP oil catastrophe could destroy a major U.S. city

How the fire happens
So let's say the oil blowout continues, and the Gulf of Mexico is carrying millions of gallons of crude oil as a massive hurricane approaches. It's a hot July day in the Gulf of Mexico, with temperatures soaring towards 110 degrees, accelerating the evaporation of volatile oils which get mixed in with hurricane-force winds.

The hurricane makes landfall in New Orleans, let's say, dumping potentially hundreds of thousands of gallons of what is essentially "volatile fuel" on the city of New Orleans. Now, at first it's just a wet, slippery toxic mess that kills trees and grass. But what happens after the storm when the sun dries out the city?

Jun 26 11:18

Dolphins Beached on Gulf Shores

Jun 26 10:49

CRAZY! Cindy Sheehan on BP: " If we had Socialism...We could have Prevented This"

Cindy Sheehan say's: CAPitalism is why The CAP BLEW OFF!

Jun 26 09:21

BP Makes Largest Political Contribution in U.S. History

The fund is a desperate maneuver by BP. Any corporation would look at Obama’s history regarding corporations in crisis and try to preempt the ‘a**-kicking’ effect.

Though too late for BP, there is still a broader hope. Feinberg is encouraging claimants to avoid the civil process and work directly with the BP Escrow Fund. He wants voters to eat out of their hands (sounds familiar), not pursue restitution through the legal process. What can you do? Don’t take their money.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Some Gulf families and businesses absolutely do not have the time it would take to pursue their claims through the court systemwithout getting totally ruined financially, if they are not already there at this point.

What the US government should have done was to have had the inspections and "best safe practices" in place to have prevented this disaster, and in this respect, have failed the people who have been effected miserably.

Jun 26 09:17

Gulf oil disaster: Pensacola Beach (22 pics)

"We Need to Keep Drilling" - Sarah Palin

Jun 26 09:12

Judge in oil spill case sells energy stocks

The Louisiana federal judge who struck down a six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling has sold many of his energy investments, a financial disclosure report released Friday reveals.

Jun 26 09:03

The First OILCANE Will Be Worse Than Anything We've Seen

The gulf oil spill is bad but it could become much, much worse and soon. The threat is a hurricane moving over the spill. If a hurricane’s violent winds track over the spill, we could witness a natural and economic calamity that history has never recorded anywhere or anytime. We will literally be in oil-soaked waters. We will have witnessed the first oilicane.

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Water temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean are now running as warm or warmer than they did during the record setting season of 2005. This is significant.

Jun 26 08:44

VIDEO: The BP "Gulf Syndrome": Benzene and Corexit Poisoning

BP is gassing Gulf Coast residents with poisonous Benzene and Corexit dispersants at dangerously high levels in the largest U.S. domestic military operation to date. The military and FEMA are engaged in Emergency Plans for 36 urban areas from Texas to Florida due to the unstoppable Gulf oil volcano the size of Mt. Everest, as WMR reports, indicating evacuations. Some people are advised to relocate now.

Satellite imagery that Obama's administration withheld shows "under the gaping chasm spewing oil at an ever-alarming rate is a cavern estimated to be around the size of Mount Everest. This information has been given an almost national security-level classification to keep it from the public," writes Wayne Madsen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BP and the Federal government don't care about the horrendous damage this catastrophe has wreaked on the Gulf's people and its shorelines: they only care about how it looks, and how to keep BP as prosperous as possible in the aftermath.

Jun 26 07:48

Praying To Gods To Save Us From Our Own Oil Disasters

The Southern right wing GOP politicians want us to pray to a god to save us from our own oil follies. This mess was caused 100% by human greed and rampant stupidity at the very top of the human control pyramid.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Alternative theory: God(s) wanted to take away America's ability to make war on Israel's victims.

Jun 26 07:44

BP Gives Unlimited Behind-the-Scenes Access to One Woman, Who Says BP's Response is Fake: Clean-Up Equipment Taken Away as Soon as Officials Leave

* BP is given advanced warning when an official is going to show up to any place where there is oil. All assets are deployed. As soon as the official leaves, 75-80% of the assets are removed. BP calls it a "pony and balloons" show.

* "We are expendable to these people. We do not matter."

* They're not cleaning it up, they're covering it up.

* BP is making it impossible for clean-up workers to wear respirators.

* She saw hundreds of thousands of fish dying, so disoriented by the oil that they crashed into her boat.

* There is a media blackout.

* If the country does not stand up and say "no more", this will go global. All of the world's oceans are connected. If not stopped, it will destroy one-third of the world's water.

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Jun 26 07:38

BP buys Google, Yahoo search words:Is it to keep people from real news on Gulf oil spill disaster?

Jun 26 07:38

BP accused of killing endangered sea turtles in cleanup operation

Endangered sea turtles and other marine creatures are being corralled into 500 square-mile "burn fields" and burnt alive in operations intended to contain oil from BP's ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration confirmed today.

The killing of the turtles – which once teetered on the brink of extinction – has outraged environmentalists and could put BP into even deeper legal jeopardy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BP and the US Government are already trying to claim that the shrimp boats killed those turtles.

Jun 26 05:00

"We mean nothing to BP or the government"

This Venice LA local has been granted full security clearance... has seen the disaster from every possible angle and is NOT impressed.

Hear the horrors of the front lines and behind scenes workings of the BP Gulf Oil Spill Catastrophe.

Jun 26 02:56

USF scientists find long line of oil 6 inches under the sand at Pensacola Beach

PENSACOLA BEACH — The sugar-sand beach here appeared cleaner Thursday, after workers picked up tar balls overnight with shovels and nets. By noon they had collected 44,955 pounds of tar balls and oil material, according to the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center.

But a University of South Florida geologist made a grim discovery Thursday morning, 24 hours after the worst oil onslaught in Florida so far.

Ping Wang, 43, who has studied beaches for 20 years, dug a narrow trench perpendicular to the shoreline, about a foot deep and 5 feet long. A dark, contiguous vein of oil ran horizontally along the walls of the trench, about 6 inches beneath the surface of the sand.

Jun 25 22:27

New York Times Puff Piece: How Much Has Spilled, and How Far? Seeking Answers as Questions Mount

It took 13 reporters to contribute to a watered down version of the Gulf Disaster. Given that they use the word "spill" and defend the use of dispersants, you know this is Operation Mockingbird keeping the population dumbed down. Quite frankly, it's an embarrassment given the information available on the internet. Hopefully, it will add to their decline in credibility.

Jun 25 22:14

VIDEO: Worker Quits, Says BP Cleanup Just Cosmetic

Video at link. Interview. Footage shows oil, buried overnight, that workers are instructed not to clean up.

Jun 25 15:55

CRAZY Editor calls for "Stormin " Norman Schwarzkopf to Lead BP oil Cleanup

Call in the General

If Obama wants to turn things around – for the gulf and himself -- what he should do is put in charge someone who is unquestionably a capable, forceful and effective leader.

Someone like, say ... retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf.

Think about it.

Anyone old enough will well remember Stormin' Norman's riveting briefings during the first Gulf War. He made the war make sense, and you took comfort knowing that he was doing everything in his power to win it. And that he knew what he was doing.

Schwarzkopf became a celebrity as a result of those war briefings. The National Enquirer called him "America's sexiest man" and there was talk after the war of recruiting him for a presidential run.

Jun 25 11:16

The United States of Nigeria

The proud country of America has been turned into the United States of Nigeria.

While there are no paramilitary death squads in America (although such squads are used by the U.S. government against American citizens abroad - and see this), there are many other similarities.

BP is destroying the Gulf, because the government has supported BP without regulating it in any meaningful way.

Jun 25 10:06

Former Oil Worker Says Cleanup Just For Show

Former oil clean-up worker Candi Warren says she signed up to make a difference, but soon found out the work of cleaning the beaches was all cosmetic. That's what she was told, she says.

Warren says she knew that when crews worked during the day, the tide and surf buried oil overnight. But they were forbidden to dig it up. She quit in disgust three weeks ago despite the $18 per hour pay.

She said she was told to only clean the surface of the sand, that this is all cosmetic. She was on a crew at Gulf State Park where tourists go. She says it has priority so as to make it look like the beaches are clean.

Jun 25 09:58

Rahm Emanuel’s BP Connection

Imagine if Bush were president right now, and it was revealed that his chief of staff had lived rent-free in the home of one of BP’s consultants. Yeah, that might be something the MSM would report on. Andrew Malcom on the Rahm Emanuel’s BP bennies:

Jun 25 09:31

BP OIL SPILL ~~ ONLY ONE PERSON WILLING TO TALK ABOUT IT

It’s been made clear to them that their
only hope of economic salvation – now
that the fishery that provides 30% of
the US seafood has been destroyed -
is clean up work.

And that work is controlled by BP.

“Talk and your lifeline is cut.”

Jun 25 09:28

Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster U.S.A 2010

Jun 25 08:42

Shell Oil ex-CEO: “Whole casing system is deteriorating”, “We’re just getting a gusher”

Jun 25 08:20

Senator LeMieux on BP spill

Jun 25 08:16

CDC advises “Everyone, including pregnant women” to avoid areas affected by spill; Expert says crude oil contains “some of the most toxic chemicals that we know”

“It’s completely scientifically dishonest to pooh-pooh the potential here when you are talking about some of the most toxic chemicals that we know,” said Kramer, who is founder and president of consulting firm Epidemiology International in Hunt Valley, Maryland. She isn’t involved with the Institute panels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yet BP is still forbidding clean-up crews to wear respirators?!?!?

Jun 25 06:51

Oil spill: Beach's beauty only skin deep

Despite intensive efforts by more than 1,100 workers and heavy equipment to clean thick tar from Pensacola Beach overnight Wednesday, massive sheets of oil remained buried in the sand...

Jun 25 05:56

Methane in Gulf "astonishingly high": U.S. scientist

As much as 1 million times the normal level of methane gas has been found in some regions near the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, enough to potentially deplete oxygen and create a dead zone, U.S. scientists said on Tuesday.

Jun 25 05:55

We all live in an oil slick now

Extracting oil from the ground has always been disastrous for the people who live nearby. The only thing that is unusual about this morphing of "Drill, Baby, Drill" into "Spill, Baby, Spill" is that, this time, the world noticed the victims. To pluck one random example, in Ecuador the petrol companies have to pump water into the Amazonian oil fields in order to extract it. This leaves behind a toxic soup of mercury, benzene and chromium 6. For decades, it was simply pumped into the local rivers – causing an epidemic of cancers and severely deformed babies. A US court calculated that the unpaid liabilities for destroying so many lives could total more than $27bn. Who has heard of it?

Jun 25 05:46

Concerns Grow Over Long-Term Health Effects of Oil Spill

More than two months after the April 20 BP oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, experts are still trying to determine what the health effects will be on the workers who are struggling to clean up the biggest oil spill in American history.

There are concerns that some workers could suffer lung, kidney and liver damage from exposure to the volatile organic compounds found in the oil.

Jun 24 22:38

BP's toxic legacy for workers/coast residents, Lifetime sicknesses

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
"BP's Other Toxic Legacy: 'Decades of Misery' for Gulf Health"
by Marty Beckerman
...As a cleanup worker in the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez disaster, Savage says she breathed crude- and dispersant-laced mist for weeks. (This photograph speaks for itself.) She was healthy for age fifty — she looked healthy — but soon experienced crippling health problems that have lasted for two decades: coughing spells, violent diarrhea, pneumonia, obstructed blood vessels. Her liver cirrhosis onset baffled doctors. "We were all coughing and vomiting for months," says Savage, who had no prior history of drinking or smoking and did not wear a respirator during the cleanup. "We thought it was the flu. Exxon told us crude oil was non-toxic and we believed them."

Jun 24 21:52

Factual Reporting: Possible Gulf Methane Eruption Tsunami, Earthquake

Thursday, June 24, 2010
Tsunami and Earthquake Reporting: Gulf Methane Bubble Could Be Horrific.
A new and less well known asymmetric threat has surfaced in the Gulf of Mexico oil gusher. Methane or CH4 gas is being released in vast quantities in the Gulf waters. Seismic data shows huge pools of methane gas at the location immediately below and around the damaged "Macondo" oil well. Methane is a colourless, odourless and highly flammable substance which forms a major component in natural gas. This is the same gas that blew the top off Deepwater Horizon and killed 11 people. 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.

Jun 24 17:17

BP's Blowout Preventer is Leaning and Might Fall Over

As I have previously noted, it is now clear that there is damage to BP's well beneath the sea floor.

Jun 24 14:28

Pensacola Beach closed because of oil spill

Jun 24 14:22

It Begins… Plans to Evacuate Tampa Bay Are Put Into Place

As Barack Obama continues to golf, hit the ballpark, BBQ and party, the BP oil slick is now threatening Tampa Bay. Authorities have set up plans for evacuation.

Jun 24 12:19

BP Oil Slick Now Threatens 60 Percent of America's Tidal Marshes

Jun 24 12:18

Aging has-been rock star will say anythjing to get a little media attention.

Jun 24 10:37

BP's new Gulf spill cleanup head criticizes Americans, says job is to listen

The man taking over the Gulf oil spill response from BP's embattled CEO says he's concerned Americans are rushing to judgment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The well blew up, and the Gulf is toast. Not much gray area there.

Jun 24 10:36

Buy-Bull Bangers: Regular, or Extra-Crispy?

It is a compelling set of facts, isn't it? If I were a believer I would have no choice but to conclude that the big guy in the sky is really, REALLY, pissed off at the US and its allies.

Jun 24 10:34

An Oilicane?

Should a major hurricane push the spill towards the gulf coast there will be nothing that can be done to stop it. No amount of planning or engineering will help. No number of visits to the gulf by the president or any other official will stop the inevitable. The storm surge will drive the water and the oil miles inland. Everything in its path will be coated in a greasy bath of crude. Even the wind may have oil in it. In New England, I have seen hurricanes and tropical storms that have blown salt spray many miles inland from the coast. The leaves of the trees eventually turn brown and fall off. In the case of the gulf it will be oil that will spray the trees, buildings and everything else in the way.

Jun 24 10:17

Along Gulf coast highway, anxiety spreads with oil

"I'm 41 years old and that's the way it's always been," says Marino, a lifelong fisherman who started his own charter business in Myrtle Grove, La., to relieve the stress of his primary job, fighting fires.

This morning, though, there'll be no escaping reality. The waters at the end of the canal have all been put off limits to fishing. Marino's usual charter customers have canceled or stopped calling.

Jun 24 10:05

Surf On Pensacola Beach Boiling Like Acid

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Oh forget about that stupid gulf oil crap; I'm gonna give you a REAL Fourth of July Fireworks show this year ... over IRAN! Won't it be fun?" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 24 09:53

Methane in Gulf "astonishingly high": U.S. scientist

As much as 1 million times the normal level of methane gas has been found in some regions near the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, enough to potentially deplete oxygen and create a dead zone, U.S. scientists said on Tuesday.

Jun 24 09:50

History Channel Mega Disasters - Methane Explosion

Jun 24 09:36

Oil soaks miles of Pensacola Beach

Jun 24 09:32

Methane in Gulf "astonishingly high": U.S. scientist

Texas A&M University oceanography professor John Kessler, just back from a 10-day research expedition near the BP Plc oil spill in the gulf, says methane gas levels in some areas are "astonishingly high."

Kessler's crew took measurements of both surface and deep water within a 5-mile (8 kilometer) radius of BP's broken wellhead.

"There is an incredible amount of methane in there," Kessler told reporters in a telephone briefing.

In some areas, the crew of 12 scientists found concentrations that were 100,000 times higher than normal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We may not be seeing the worst of the damage at this point.

Jun 24 09:29

Rare Aerial footage of MASSIVE Oil Landfall in Pensacola Beach Florida

Jun 24 07:49

How the ultimate BP Gulf disaster could kill millions

What makes the location that Transocean chose potentially far riskier than other potential oil deposits located at other regions of the Gulf? It can be summed up with two words: methane gas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Side note here; methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. If this methane blowout occurs, the damage to the atmosphere will make Al Gore's concerns over CO2 (and attempts to tax it) look like much ado about nothing.

Jun 24 07:21

BP Labor Camps

Disaster capitalism is the way of the entire country right now. Employers large and small are taking advantage of the dismal economic climate and they are padding their profit margins by rolling back pay rates and benefits for the average working man. It’s an all out assault on the standard of living of the blue-collar worker that I personally have seen growing in popularity over the past 24 years. Working Americans undermining other working Americans, literally stealing food right off their families tables, in order to achieve “just a little more” profit for themselves.

Jun 24 06:37

BP boss retreats as stand-in faces spill protest

Beleaguered BP Plc boss Tony Hayward retreated from daily management of the oil spill crisis on Tuesday and dodged a conference appearance where his stand-in was heckled by angry environmentalists.

Hayward's move, after a series of PR gaffes by the CEO and a failure to quickly stem the leak, came ahead of a U.S. court decision over whether to uphold a post-spill ban on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

The ban is being contested by oil drilling companies but has support among environmentalists and in other quarters after more fishing areas were closed on Tuesday in response to the worst spill in U.S. history.

Jun 23 21:11

3-dozen US Navy oil-skimmers NOT being used to save gulf coast

Free skimmers for gulf help: Bureaucracy keeping many in American ports.
By The Palm Beach Post
Posted: 6:23 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, 2010
A bigger problem is that the administration hasn't been using all the oil skimmers in this country - in some cases only a day away from the gulf.... This week, Sen. Nelson's office supplied an inventory obtained from the Navy showing that roughly three dozen other Navy-owned skimmers - about 30 feet long and in good operating condition - could be mobilized. Sen. Nelson said in a statement. "We need as many of these boats as we can to skim the oil before it gets into the wetlands."

Jun 23 20:57

If The Methane from the Gulf Explodes

IT'LL GIVE A NEW MEANING TO THAR SHE BLOWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jun 23 17:01

Prof. Ignacio Chapela speech on the Berkeley-BP Deal

Yes, this article is dated, it is also relevant to what is happening today.

Jun 23 15:55

'Reasonably High' Chance BP Files for Bankruptcy

There is a reasonably high chance that BP could file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the next few years, or even months, and the result would be an "absolute horror" for the government, according to a bankruptcy expert.

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The specter of Chapter 11 bankruptcy terrifies Gulf residents because it could allow BP to delay, or even avoid, paying billions of dollars to businesses and individuals affected by the Gulf spill.

Jun 23 15:53

Gulf oil spill: Boat captain, despondent over spill, commits suicide

William Allen Kruse, 55, a charter boat captain recently hired by BP as a vessel of opportunity out of Gulf Shores, Ala., died Wednesday morning before 7:30 a.m. of a gunshot to the head, likely self-inflicted, authorities said.

"He had been quite despondent about the oil crisis," said Stan Vinson, coroner for Baldwin County, which includes Gulf Shores.

Jun 23 13:41

CDC advises “Everyone, including pregnant women” to avoid areas affected by spill; Expert says crude oil contains “some of the most toxic chemicals that we know”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has issued health warnings...

...While they suggest there is no threat, the CDC simultaneously advised “everyone, including pregnant women” to avoid spill-affected areas...

Jun 23 12:57

Drilling Ban Blocked; U.S. Will Issue New Order

A federal judge in New Orleans on Tuesday blocked a six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling projects that the Obama administration imposed after the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The White House swiftly vowed to appeal the ruling.

In a statement on Tuesday evening, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said that within days he would issue a new order imposing a moratorium on deep-water drilling that would contain additional information showing why it was necessary.

Jun 23 12:15

Oil and Gas Storming Out of the Well Unrestricted

...Adm. Thad W. Allen of the Coast Guard, at a mid-day briefing in Washington, said a remote-controlled submersible operating a mile beneath the surface had most likely bumped a vent and compromised the system. Live video from the seafloor showed oil and gas storming out of the well unrestricted...

Jun 23 11:44

BP-style horrors coming your way

On June 15, in their testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the chief executives of America's leading oil companies argued that BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico was an aberration - something that would not have occurred with proper corporate oversight and will not happen again once proper safeguards are put in place.

Jun 23 11:36

Gulf Oil Spill ‘Could Go Years’ If Not Dealt With

In a recent discussion, Vladimir Kutcherov, Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and the Russian State University of Oil and Gas, predicted that the present oil spill flooding the Gulf Coast shores of the United States “could go on for years and years … many years.” 1

Jun 23 11:19

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Jun 23 10:40

BP oil containment stopped after gas detected: coordinator

The containment system capturing oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill had to be removed Wednesday, leaving the gusher unchecked after a collision involving a robotic submarine, US officials said.

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Jun 23 10:29

Has BP Summoned the Fires of Hell?

The problem is no longer a leak or a spill, you see, but a volcanic gusher – one that appears to be defeating the efforts of the most capable petroleum engineers in the world. More and more, it is looking like a sci-fi disaster film with no hero and an unhappy ending. Even our supposed best hope for containing the gusher – a second well that would intersect and plug the leak by sometime in August – may be doomed to failure, since the well casing itself may be too damaged to seal off. But the scariest story currently making the rounds is that there are fissures springing up all over the seabed, and that if the weak bedrock that holds the oil gives way, it will release a quantity of hydrocarbons greater in volume than the Gulf itself.

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