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Gulf Oil Spill News Round-Up: Toxic Environmental and Human Health Impacts

Must Watch Video: Louisiana resident Kindra Arnesen was given unprecedented access to BP’s ‘response’ on the Louisiana Gulf.  This is her informed and heartbreaking message.  Please share with all of your friends and family.

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

Air Tests from the Louisiana Coast Reveal Human Health Threats from the Oil Disaster

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”

White House Admits BP Disaster Worst Spill in US History

Just Like 9/11? Oil Spill Responders Are Getting Sick … But Are Being Told They Don’t Need Any Safety Gear

Hundreds of Gulf swimmers complain of illness

Video: Lab Test Proves Water In Gulf Highly Toxic

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.

Louisiana residents report oil-spill related illnesses

BP Lies about Air Toxicity as Gulf Workers Are Hospitalized

Fisherman Who Fell Ill During Oil Spill Clean-up Alleges BP Tried to Cover-up Evidence

Oil Cleanup Workers Feeling Sickly – Is it the Oil, the Dispersant, Or Both?

Video: CNN: Almost All Exxon Valdez Cleanup Crew Dead!

Gulf Oil Leaks Could Gush for Years

Gulf disaster could span the ages

Slick will have ripple effects far into future and potentially alter ecosystem forever, experts warn.

Oil spill threatens ‘total destruction’

An ominous report by Russia’s Ministry of Natural Resources warned of the impending disaster resulting from the British Petroleum (BP) oil and gas leak in the Gulf of Mexico, calling it the worst environmental catastrophe in all of human history, the European Union Times reported.

Russian scientists believe BP is pumping millions of gallons of Corexit 9500, a chemical dispersal agent, under the Gulf of Mexico waters to hide the full extent of the leak, now estimated to be over 2.9 million gallons a day.  Experts say Corexit 9500 is a solvent four times more toxic than oil.  The agent, scientists believe, has a 2.61ppm toxicity level, and when mixed with the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, its molecules will be able to “phase transition.”

Masking the Extent of the Disaster: The Worst of the Gulf Oil Spill has not been Revealed

8 Reasons Why The Pain From The Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill Is Going To Be Felt For Decades

Renowned Marine Biologist Carl Safina on the BP Oil Spill’s Ecological Impact on the Gulf Coast and Worldwide

“This is not just a regional disaster, although it certainly is, but that the Gulf of Mexico is a tremendous engine of life and also a tremendous concentration zone, where animals from the whole open Atlantic Ocean funnel into the Gulf for breeding and millions of animals cross the Gulf and concentrate there on their northward migration and then fan out to populate much of North America and the Canadian Arctic, the East Coast, the Canadian Maritimes. So it’s a real hotspot, and it’s a terrible place to foul.”

“Globs of Death Out There”: Scuba Diving in the Oil Spill (VIDEO)

Officials Worried About The Gulf Cleanup Materials Sent To Their Landfills

They have good reason to worry. Even though BP claims otherwise, we just don’t know for sure and you shouldn’t just dump it anywhere (although I suspect they will, anyway).  About 35,000 bags — or 250 tons — of oily trash have been carted away from this beach, said Lt. Patrick Hanley of the Coast Guard, who is stationed at Port Fourchon. And as of Monday, more than 175,000 gallons of liquid waste — a combination of oil and water — had been sent to landfills, as had 11,276 cubic yards of solid waste, said Petty Officer Gail Dale, also of the Coast Guard, who works with at the command center in Houma.

Gulf oil full of methane, adding new concerns

It is an overlooked danger in the oil spill crisis: The crude gushing from the well contains vast amounts of natural gas that could pose a serious threat to the Gulf of Mexico’s fragile ecosystem.

The oil emanating from the seafloor contains about 40 percent methane, compared with about 5 percent found in typical oil deposits, said John Kessler, a Texas A&M University oceanographer who is studying the impact of methane from the spill.

That means huge quantities of methane have entered the Gulf, scientists say, potentially suffocating marine life and creating “dead zones” where oxygen is so depleted that nothing lives.

Cultural Extinction

As BP’s deepwater well continues to discharge oil into the Gulf, the economic and public health effects are already being felt across coastal communities. But it’s likely this is only the beginning. From the bayous of southern Louisiana to the city of New Orleans, many fear this disaster represents not only environmental devastation, but also cultural extinction for peoples who have made their lives here for generations.

This is not the first time that Louisianans have lost their communities or their lives from the actions of corporations. The land loss caused by oil companies has already displaced many who lived by the coast, and the pollution from treatment plants has poisoned communities across the state – especially in “cancer alley,” the corridor of industrial facilities along the Mississippi River south of Baton Rouge.… Harden and Walker point out that at least five Louisiana towns – all majority African American – have been eradicated due to corporate pollution in recent decades. The most recent is the Southwest Louisiana town of Mossville, founded by African Americans in the 1790s. Located near Lake Charles, Mossville is only 5 square miles and holds 375 households. Beginning in the 1930s, the state of Louisiana began authorizing industrial facilities to manufacture, process, store, and discharge toxic and hazardous substances within Mossville. Fourteen facilities are now located in the small town, and 91 percent of residents have reported at least one health problem related to exposure to chemicals produced by the local industry.

The southern Louisiana towns of Diamond, Morrisonville, Sunrise, and Revilletown – all founded by former slaves – met similar fates. After years of chemical-related poisoning, the remaining residents have been relocated, and the corporations that drove them out now own their land. In most cases, only a cemetery remains, and former residents must pass through plant security to visit their relatives’ graves.

Biologist: Ocean pollution ‘threatening the human food supply’

UN fears ‘irreversible’ damage to natural environment

La. bayou tribe’s fears spill over

Gulf oil disaster could push French-speaking Pointe-au-Chien Indians to point of no return.

Fending For Themselves: Devastating Social and Environmental Impacts of BP Oil Spill

Can it rain oily compounds in the Gulf of Mexico? Yes! Chris Landau geologist & meteorologist

Oceans facing ‘irreversible’ deterioration, report says

BP Insider: Massive Dead Zone Could Be Produced by Gulf BP-Congress Catastrophe

Gulf Wildlife ‘Dead Zone’ Keeps Growing

An over 7,000-square-mile wildlife “dead zone” located in the center of the Gulf of Mexico has grown from being a curiosity to a colossus over the past two decades, according to the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), and scientists are now concerned the recent oil spill and other emerging chemical threats could widen the zone even further.  The NWF describes the dead zone as being “the largest on record in the hemisphere in coastal waters and one of the biggest in the world.”

Toxic Corexit dispersant chemicals remained secret as feds colluded with Big Business

GULF OIL DISPERSANT COREXIT IS 11 TIMES MORE LETHAL THAN OIL

Scant Evidence That Dispersants Help in Oil Spill Cleanup

BP’s next challenge: Disposal of tainted sludge (BP saying waste is not toxic)

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.

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

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