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Latest News on the Gulf of Mexico: Continuing Health Problems, New Spills and more

 “Oil Rain” Confirmed: NASA Chief Mission Scientist

 

 “They’re going to let us die…”

 

 30 Facts Evidencing that The Gulf Oil Crisis Was Planned

 

 Five-mile wide suspected oil slick spotted just north of Deepwater Horizon explosion site

 

50 Times More Whales & Dolphins May Have Been Killed By Gulf Oil Spill Than Officially Reported

 

Commerce Dept. Forbids Biologists from Releasing Data Regarding Gulf Dolphin Deaths

 

Huge NEW spill near Deepwater Horizon, at MC243 — Slick is 100 miles long, skimming started days ago

 

Marine mammal deaths from BP Deepwater Horizon disaster vastly underestimated

 

New Oil Spill in Gulf … 100-Mile Slick

 

New report from NASA finds that nearly 50 percent of the population along the Gulf Coast is experiencing sickness indicative of chemical poisoning related to the BP oil spill

 

Possible New Oil Spill 100 By 10 Miles Reported in Gulf Of Mexico (Update: Spill Photos)

 

Shallow Gulf well is source of mysterious oil sheen near Grand Isle, state official says

 

Source of latest Gulf oil spill determined

 

Walking the Walk: Gulf Coast Woman Begins Long Walk To D.C.

 

Spill Children: The Untold Story of the BP Gulf Oil Disaster

 

Source of latest Gulf oil spill determined

 

Mystery Illnesses Plague Louisiana Oil Spill Crews

 

 

Gulf Oil Spill Pictures: Oiled Beaches Time Line

 

 

30,000 Confidential Government Documents About The Gulf Oil Spill Made Available By Greenpeace

 

 

New research impacts Gulf: Crude oil linked to unborn baby defect

 

Citizen science in the Gulf of Mexico

 

Mystery Illness Confirmed By Doctor In Louisiana, BP Cover Up?

 

BP’s Secret Deepwater Blowout

 

Short Life Expectancy for BP Whistleblowers?

 

Dead-Missing-Jailed BP WHISTLEBLOWERS

 

The Mysterious Deaths of Nine Gulf Oil Spill Whistleblowers

 

Louisiana doctor says minstream media has blocked all news of human health problems in Gulf

 

The Biggest Chemical Poisoning Crisis in US History

 

Whistleblower Claims BP Employees Slashed His Tires And Threatened Him

 

 

Sick fish in Gulf are alarming scientists

 

 

Gulf Blue Plague Realities: Deadly Radioactive Microorganisms

 

 

Methane still seeps in ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil horror story

 

 

Paul Stamets Discusses Bioremediation and the BP Spill

 

 

‘Gulf Coast Syndrome’

 

 

The Pacific Ocean: A Radioactive Garbage Dump

 

 

‘Gulf Coast Syndrome’ 

 

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Gulf of Mexico Disaster News Round-up: “Mission Accomplished” or a Continuing Catastrophe?

Incoming BP CEO: Time for ‘scaleback’ in cleanup

US scientist says much surface Gulf oil ‘dispersed’

Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said much oil had been “biodegraded by naturally occurring bacteria”.

BP Oil Spill: Clean-Up Crews Can’t Find Crude in the Gulf

Of Course Clean Up Workers Can’t Find the Oil … BP Used Dispersants to Temporarily Hide It, So Now It Will Plague the Gulf For Years

Oil causes 2,200 Gulf beach closings, warnings

Majority of spilled oil in Gulf of Mexico unaccounted for in government data

NOAA Hoarding Key Data On Oil Spill Damage

Louisiana Environmental Attorney Stuart Smith Says Government Report Misleading Gulf Coast Citizens

Attorney Mike Papantonio Says BP is a Criminal, Sociopathic and Predatory Corporation

The Potemkin Gulf of Mexico: The Government and BP are Burning Carcasses, Hiding/Ignoring the Oil, Reducing Liability

Video: BP caught dumping imported sand to “clean” gulf shores

BP Insider Admits Disaster Call Center Is A Diversion, Don’t Even Take Notes…

OBAMA SAYS OIL DISASTER IS OVER WHILE DEAD FISH WASH UP IN BILOXI!

Everything’s Okay in the Gulf — Or Is It?

Suddenly BP’s oil disaster is getting an unusually high amount of positive publicity. Media reports are concluding that most of the oil has disappeared. The static kill has been successful at holding back the oil pressure, and the U.S. government issued a scientific report suggesting that 75 percent of the 4.9 million barrels of oil that gushed into the Gulf as been burned, dispersed or evaporated. But even if you assume that all of the dispersed oil has been degraded, there are still an estimated 1.3 million barrels out in the environment — five times the amount of oil released during the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989. People observing beaches in southern coastal states of Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Florida say they are still covered with oil and Corexit 9500, the chemical dispersant BP sprayed to break up the oil and remove it from view. Vast areas of ocean that used to be abundant with sea life show little signs of life anywhere. Plastic bags full of dead sea birds and oil are filling landfills in the south. If millions of gallons of oil have evaporated, what are the consequences for the air quality in the Gulf? Residents have reported that in areas normally besieged by mosquitos, there is now little need for repellant. Despite the rosy reports suddenly filling the airways, damage still appears to be ongoing. There is still plenty of oil in the Gulf that cannot, and will not, be cleaned up, and that will continue to wreak damage on the environment and the economies of Gulf states.

How Much Oil is in the Water at Gulf Coast Beaches? (Video)

Video: Gulf Resident Confronts The EPA With Evidence Of BP Dumping Fake Sand On Beach To Cover Oil

Senior EPA Analyst: “Government [Agencies] Have Been Sock Puppets for BP In This Cover Up”

Video: Former BP Contractor Becomes Tell-All Whistleblower

Gulf Oil Disaster: Is The Loop Current Breaking Down?

BP Oil Poisons the Gulf of Mexico’s Food Chain

Scientists Say Gulf Spill May Permanently Alter Food Chain

Geochemist in Gulf says “When it rains, a lot of junk comes down from the particulate”

BP Gulf Oil Spill Fishing Waters Reopened Despite Lack Of Testing Required By Federal Protocols

Disaster on a Small Scale: How the Gulf Spill’s Devastation Works Its Way From Plankton to Pelicans

BP Committing Ecocide on Islands in Gulf

BP Hires Prison Labor to Clean Up Spill While Coastal Residents Struggle

Hiring prison labor is more than a way for BP to save money while cleaning up the biggest oil spill in history. By tapping into the inmate workforce, the company and its subcontractors get workers who are not only cheap but easily silenced—and they get lucrative tax write-offs in the process.

Oil spill permeates the Gulf’s most productive environments

Invisible Contamination: How the BP Spill Might Be Poisoning People Without Their Knowing It

Residents outraged: BP dumping oily waste in Gulf landfills

Video: BP Fisherman: Oysters are All Dead

USCG complicit in Alabama Gulf beach oil cover-up

BP’s paid less than half of claims

Video: BP Whistleblower: ‘What This Company Is Doing To This Country Right Now Is Just Wrong’

BP ‘cuts payments to 40,000′ over incomplete claims forms

Former Contractor: BP Not Interested In Cleaning Up Oil Spill

The Gulf oil disaster truth

From environmentalists and wildlife specialists to fisherman and businessmen along the Gulf Coast the message is the same: BP is not only strangling the news of what is actually occurring in the Gulf of Mexico with the oil disaster but has co-opted key federal regulatory and oversight agencies to advance its agenda and that of its oil partners, including Halliburton, Anadarko, and Transocean…The EPA is also remaining mute on air quality reports from Venice that show that on May 7 hydrogen sulfide in the air was measured at 1192 parts per billion. Five parts per billion is considered hazardous to human health. In addition, the May 7 reports show that benzene levels in the air were measured at 5000 parts per billion, again in the health danger zone. Propylene glycol, a major component in Corexit 9500, is being measured in Gulf waters at 150 times its lethal concentration.

Gulf Oil Spill-Bioremediation Solution Restores Environment in Just Six Weeks

Cleaning Up Oil Spills with Mushrooms and Hair!

“Rock Breathing” Bacteria Could Help Soak Up Oil Spill in Gulf

A fast, inexpensive way to clean up the oil slick and it won’t enrich Goldman Sachs

Gulf of Mexico Has Long Been a Sink of Pollution

Steady stream of spills taints gulf

A total of 517,847 barrels of oil were dumped in region from 1964 to 2009, federal records show.

Evidence Indicates Gulf of Mexico Oil Disaster Was Engineered And Prolonged By Design

SEC Probes BP Potential Insider Trading: Sources

Evidence Points To BP Oil Spill False Flag

– Sales of shares and stocks in days and weeks beforehand

– Halliburton link, acquisition of cleanup company days before explosion

– BP report cites undocumented tampering with well sealing equipment

– Government uses disaster to push for Carbon Tax, Nationalization talk

Censored Gulf news: State-sponsored terrorism targets Deep South for Agenda 21 (Pt1)

PREVIOUS Gulf Coast Oil Spill Posts



Corexit News Round-up: Toxic Health Effects, Sinking Oil and Creation of New Problems

Whistleblower: BP used dispersants to hide oil

For quite some time, many bloggers and journalists following the BP-Corexit story, including me, have made the allegation that BP may have been experimenting by dumping over a million gallons of toxic dispersants into the ocean because they were desperately trying to prevent the oil from hitting the beaches.

The Gulf Coast, Corexit and BPs Clean Up

Corexit Kills; Update on the Oil Disaster and the Chemical Rape of the Gulf

Corexit Poisoning: Coast Guard and Obama Administration Betray the People and Country They Are Sworn to Protect

BP says over 15% of oil cleanup workers show high levels of Corexit dispersant toxin; Figure likely much higher via NYTimes

EPA WhistleBlower – Public Can’t Handle the Truth Regarding Corexit9500

Video: EPA Covering Up Effects of Dispersant in BP Oil Spill? Part 1 – Democracy NOW!

Gulf Oil Spill Dispersants Raise Concerns – Water looks like, “gelatinous toxic soup”

Feds/BP Covering Up Lethality/Dispersal depth Of Corexit

Well, Corexit is one of a number of dispersants, that are toxic, that are used to atomize the oil and force it down the water column so that it’s invisible to the eye. In this case, these dispersants were used in massive quantities, almost two million gallons so far, to hide the magnitude of the spill and save BP money.  And the government—both EPA, NOAA, etc.—have been sock puppets for BP in this cover-up.  Now, by hiding the amount of spill, BP is saving hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars in fines, and so, from day one, there was tremendous economic incentive to use these dispersants to hide the magnitude of the gusher that’s been going on for almost three months…..

People who work near [Corexit] are hemorrhaging internally [but the] EPA now is taking the position that they really don’t know how dangerous it is, even though if you read the label, it tells you how dangerous it is.…  for example, in the Exxon Valdez case, people who worked with dispersants, most of them are dead now.  The average death age is around fifty.  It’s very dangerous, and it’s an economic—it’s an economic protector of BP, not an environmental protector of the public.

Gulf Dispersants: BP and Nalco Play Toxic Roulette

BP has dumped almost two million gallons of dispersants from Nalco in the Gulf of Mexico that is disguising the extent of the Deepwater spill and the inability of existing technology to mitigate the disaster. Even if BP eventually staunches the hemorrhage of oil, devastating toxins will linger for decades.

Chemical Dispersants and Crude Oil – Efficacy and Toxicity

Water sample “exploded” when chemist tested for oil; “Most likely” methane or Corexit

Leaked Corexit Information

Video: Dispersants Do Nothing But Hide Oil & Kill Cleanup Workers

MSNBC REPORTING THAT COREXIT IS KILLING CLEAN UP WORKERS!!

BP, Coast Guard ignored order to stop using dispersants: report

“HUGE discrepancies”: 1.8 million gallons of dispersant “now in question”, “Either BP was lying to Congress or to the Coast Guard”

For example, in one approval request, one of BP’s top executives, Doug Suttles, claimed that the maximum daily application of dispersants on the surface in the days preceding June 16, 2010 was 3,360 gallons on June 12. However, an examination of the dispersant totals BP provided to congressional staff in its daily “Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Response Updates” indicates that on June 11, BP said it applied 14,305 gallons of the chemical on the surface; on June 13, 36,000 gallons; and on June 14, 10,706 gallons.

According to publicly disclosed amounts on DeepwaterHorizonResponse.com, more than 1.8 million gallons of toxic dispersants were used to break up the oil as it came out of the well, as well as after it reached the ocean surface. The validity of those numbers are now in question.

Oil Spill Dispersants Shifting Ecosystem Impacts in Gulf, Scientists Warn

Congressman “BP often carpet bombed the ocean with chemicals”

Dispersants flowed freely in gulf

*BREAKING* Tulane researchers indicate COREXIT now in blue crab larvae from Florida to Texas; Bio-accumulation fears (VIDEO)

Dispersants “more than the amount of oil spilled in any single accident prior to the BP disaster”

BP oil spill Corexit dispersants suspected in widespread crop damage

Toxic Dispersants Near Gulf Harm Humans and Wildlife

Marine biologist claims US Coast Guard involved in Corexit spraying

Environmental & Health Effects of Oil Dispersants a Mystery to BP and the Government

Video: Grand Isle LA townhall meeting reveals BP continues to use dispersants

Tests suggest oil dispersant washing up on Alabama beaches

Censored Gulf eyewitness testimonies of coughing up blood and other horror stories

Censored Gulf news: People bleeding internally, millions poisoned says ‘EPA whistleblower’

40% Of Residents Exposed To BP Gulf Oil Spill Suffer From Respiratory Problems And Skin Lesions

Along Gulf Coast, BP Spill Vapors Could Be Up Your Nose & On Your Head

Video: Gulf toxicologist: Shrimpers exposed to Corexit “bleeding from the rectum”

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

Video: 128 BP Oil Cleanup Workers Sickened in Louisiana – Told NOT to go to Public Hospitals!

Video: Gulf Residents Are Being Used As Lab Rats, Grand Isle Resident Tells All

Toxicologist: Oil/Corexit mix caused heart trouble, organ damage, rectal bleeding

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

Environmental & Health Effects of Oil Dispersants a Mystery to BP and the Government

‘People Are Getting Sick,’ Cleanup Worker Says

“It’s a lot thicker then you see on TV. It’s a lot worse. It’s everywhere. The smell is outrageous. People (were) getting sick all the time. They don’t really tell you what it is, why people are getting sick, but they were MedEvac-ing people left and right,” Bourgeois said. “I have personally dealt with headaches and feeling bad. It’s a lot different then what you see sitting at the house.”

Grand Isle Town Hall, Residents Speak Out, Disaster Destroying the Gulf and it’s People

Oil disaster causes persistent public health crisis: Large number of children with medical and psychological problems

Thousands in Gulf Suffer from Misdiagnosed Skin Lesions

Growing Health Crisis in the Gulf

The combination of millions of gallons of oil and dispersants has made large areas of the Gulf toxic and dangerous, marine toxicologist Ricki Ott saying if she lived there with children she’d leave – based on her firsthand experience after the 1989 Prince William Sound, Alaska Exxon Valdez disaster and subsequent research, documented in her books titled, “Sound Truth and Corporate Myth$: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill” and “Not One Drop – Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.”

Ongoing today, the legacy includes criminal negligence, bankruptcies, destroyed lives and livelihoods, domestic violence, severe anxiety, trauma, PTSD, drug and alcohol abuse, serious illnesses, suicides, massive loss of plant and wildlife, and vast ecological destruction from the 30 million or more gallons spilled, the State of Alaska’s conservative estimate, not Exxon’s 11 million figure, its lowball claim to hide the disaster’s magnitude and minimize its liability.

The Gulf catastrophe is infinitely greater, estimates up to three or more Exxon Valdez incidents (using Exxon’s figure) a week until capped. Yet some experts think another seabed hole (a few miles from the Macondo well) is emitting 100,000 or more barrels daily, greatly compounding the growing disaster, added to more by numerous small leaks, five or more alone in BP’s Macondo well – the “well from hell,” according to some.

PREVIOUS Gulf Coast Oil Spill Posts



The Gulf Coast is now a Police State run by British Petroleum

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

Contractor: BP Is Trying To Hide Dead Animals, Since The Ocean Will Eventually Wash Away The Evidence

In recent weeks, reporters and photographers for major news organizations around the country have been speaking out about the attempts by BP to prevent them from getting a first-hand look at the Gulf Coast oil spill. A CBS News crew was threatened with arrest when it tried to photograph the spill, and a BP representative in Louisiana told a Mother Jones reporter that she couldn’t visit the Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge without a BP escort.

BP Is Destroying Evidence and Censoring Journalists

BP hires private security contractors to guard ‘black water’

BP Now Owns the Airspace Above the Spill, Too – Bars Journalists From Flying Over It

Health expert: BP running Gulf like a ‘prison warden’

Arrest For Filming Oil Spill, BY BP CONTRACTORS: BP’s Rules, NOT OURS

BP Tells Cleanup Workers They’ll Be Fired If They Wear Respirators

Human rights group: BP discouraging crews from using respirators

“In all three states that I’ve visited, fishermen said when they went out to work on the cleanup, that if they tried to bring respirators they were told it was unnecessary equipment and would only spread hysteria…When I went out with eleven people, we had respirators on and within half an hour, all of our eyes were burning and our throats were closing and we all had headaches…The workers are concerned that this is the only job in town and if the go outside what BP tells them to do they might lose the only job they could get”

Who Died And Made BP The King Of The Gulf Of Mexico?

In recent weeks, BP has almost seemed more interested in keeping the American people away from the oil spill than in actually cleaning it up.
Journalists are being pushed around and denied access, disaster workers are being intimidated and abused and now BP has even go so far as to hire an army of private mercenaries to enforce their will along the Gulf coast. Are we suddenly living in occupied Iraq? How in the world did a foreign oil company get the right to start pointing guns at the American people? The last time I checked, BP did not own the Gulf of Mexico and did not have the right to tell the American people where they can and cannot go.

With video: Allegations Emerge BP Is Dumping Sand To Cover Oil

Whistle blower to testify on oil spill worst fear:BP deliberately sinks oil with Corexit as cover up

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

The BP/Government police state

Louisiana Police Pull Over Activist at Behest of BP

RELATED Gulf Coast Oil Spill Posts



Gulf Oil Spill News Round-Up: Tracking the Affected Areas and Volume Estimates

TRACKING

Gulf Oil Tracker on SourceWatch

OIL SPILL CRISIS MAP.

With video: Allegations Emerge BP Is Dumping Sand To Cover Oil

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

Whistle blower to testify on oil spill worst fear:BP deliberately sinks oil with Corexit as cover up

Fears that BP oil spill may reach Irish coastline

Atlantic Coast Now Under Threat As Oil Spreads

Ocean Currents Likely to Carry Gushing Oil Into Atlantic by Summer’s End (Video)

BP Gulf Oil Spill Is Already In Gulf Stream And May Hit North Carolina Beaches Any Day

Oil Spill On Track To Reach Atlantic Ocean By October

A Disaster Reaches Beyond the Gulf Coast

From Wyoming to New England, Americans far from the Gulf of Mexico are feeling touched by the oil spill disaster.

Oil Hits All Gulf States, Texas Tar Balls Found

Flight shows Gulf oil spill penetrating inland waterways and Mobile Bay

Oil in Lake Pontchartrain

Nightmare scene as oil smothers Louisiana wetlands

White House Covers Up Menacing Oil “Blob”

In an exclusive for Oilprice.com, the Wayne Madsen Report (WMR) has learned from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sources that U.S. Navy submarines deployed to the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast have detected what amounts to a frozen oil blob from the oil geyser at the destroyed Deep Horizon off-shore oil rig south of Louisiana. The Navy submarines have trained video cameras on the moving blob, which remains frozen at depths of between 3,000 to 4,000 feet. Because the oil blob is heavier than water, it remains frozen at current depths.

VOLUME

Gulf oil spill ‘tiny’ compared to ‘very big ocean’: BP boss

Internal BP document claims Gulf oil gusher jetting up to 100,000 barrels per day

Oil Spill Esimate DOUBLED AGAIN: 2.5 Million Gallons Leaking Every Day

Official Gulf Spill Estimate Doubled: There’s Been an Exxon Valdez-Sized Spill Every 8 Days

Gulf Oil Leaks Could Gush for Years

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Estimates that 4 Million Gallons of Oil are Leaking Every Day

Gulf oil spill may be 19 times bigger than originally thought

Oil Spill TRIPLED In Size In 3 Days

Gulf of Mexico oil slick: amount gushing from well ‘could increase 12 fold’

Leaked Confidential Report on Disaster in the Gulf: Deepwater Oil Well Could Become Unchecked Gusher



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



Beyond Deepwater Horizon: Multiple Leaks in Gulf, Additional Spills Around World, and the Next Catastrophes

GULF OF MEXICO

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

Prominent Oil Industry Insider: “Theres Another Leak, Much Bigger, 5 to 6 Miles Away”

Scientists: Newly discovered Gulf oil plume is 22-miles long, six-miles wide

Third Giant Underwater Oil Plume Discovered

BP Rig Atlantis “An Even Bigger Disaster In The Making”

As the oil continues to flow, some are charging that another BP operation in the Gulf is an even bigger disaster in the making.

For six months, Ken Abbott managed BP’s engineering documents for “Atlantis,” BP’s deep water platform nearly 200 miles south of New Orleans. He turned into a BP whistle-blower in February 2009 after finding what he says were thousands of Atlantis engineering documents and drawings that were neither complete nor reviewed properly by BP. That, Sawyer now says, was a serious safety violation.

Abbott and his lawyer quickly hired Mike Sawyer, a safety engineer consultant, who examined the BP documents in question. Sawyer tells CNN that oil rig “engineering drawings and specification are the primary means that workers use to ensure that they can operate the platform safely, and can ensure that they can shut it down or at least control any unsafe event.” Atlantis’ engineering documents and drawings, says Sawyer, were so incomplete that he fears another environmental disaster from BP.

BP Official Admits to Damage BENEATH THE SEA FLOOR

The evidence is growing stronger and stronger that there is substantial damage beneath the sea floor. Indeed, it appears that BP officials themselves have admitted to such damage. This has enormous impacts on both the amount of oil leaking into the Gulf, and the prospects for quickly stopping the leak this summer.

Whistleblower: BP Risks More Massive Catastrophes in Gulf

Senator confirms reports that wellbore is pierced; oil seeping from seabed in multiple places

Another Gulf oil spill: Well near Deepwater Horizon has leaked since at least April 30

Coast Guard to probe report of new Gulf spill: official

AROUND THE WORLD

Gulf Spill Just A Drop In The Bucket Compared To What Happens Every Day, Everywhere Else

One of the worst oil spills in history you’ve never heard of just happened.

On May 10th, 2010 ExxonMobile had an oil spill in Nigeria Delta. It is somewhere around the 16th worst oil spill in [wikipedia reported] world history, at 95,000 tonnes (696,350 barrels or 214,475,800 gallons). Nigeria’s agony dwarfs the Gulf oil spill. The US and Europe ignore it. Oil spills are a regular occurrence in Nigeria, about 300 a year, it is estimated over the past 50 years about 1.5 million tons have been dumped in the Delta, equivalent to the Gulf War oil spill (the largest spill on record) or 50+ Exxon Valdez.

Situation is Out of Control: Risk of Blowout on Norway’s Offshore Gullfaks C Platform

Chevron Drilling Oil Well in 8,530 Feet of Water, Says it Doesn’t Need Relief Well

If 5,000 feet is deep enough to make it very hard to fix any problems with an oil well, it would seem that 8,530 feet would deep enough to warrant extraordinary precautions (if you’re going to be drilling at all, not something I’m in favor of). But Chevron, who’s drilling a well at this depth off the coast of Newfoundland says that a relief well isn’t necessary (even though a relief well could probably have avoided the Deepwater Horizon disaster)

There’s another BP oil spill? – Shhh!! says BP, the Bushs’ and Their CIA a Federal Judge Finds Out

In one case, BP’s CEO of Alaskan operations hired a former CIA expert to break into the home of a whistleblower, Chuck Hamel, who had complained of conditions at the pipe’s tanker facility. BP tapped his phone calls with a US congressman and ran a surveillance and smear campaign against him. When caught, a US federal judge said BP’s acts were “reminiscent of Nazi Germany.”

Prudhoe Bay, BP’s Other Ticking Bomb

Nearly 5,000 miles from the oil-spill catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, BP and its culture of cost-cutting are contributing to another environmental mess in the Prudhoe Bay oil field on Alaska’s north shore, according to internal BP documents and more than a dozen employees interviewed over the past month.

After two serious oil spills and other mishaps at the remote site, the BP employees fingered a long list of safety issues that have not been adequately addressed, making the Prudhoe Bay oilfield vulnerable to a devastating accident that potentially could rival the havoc in the Gulf.

Mystery fuel leak seeps into Burrard Inlet

Chevron Corporation has been trying for weeks to locate the source of a “historic” leak from its Burnaby oil and gas refinery — a leak that has been seeping still-unknown amounts of oil, gas and diesel fuel into the Burrard Inlet since at least April 21.

The Oil Spill the World Forgot

As the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues to dominate headlines around the world, public outrage is being focused more intensely upon BP and its gaffe-prone CEO Tony Hayward. But amidst this crisis, the public should not forget the atrocities committed by other massive oil companies. For example, Royal Dutch Shell‘s drilling operations have been spilling oil into the Niger Delta in Nigeria since 1958. Because Nigeria is an impoverished nation and oil revenues fund a majority of government operations, Shell and other companies have been able to drill and pollute without serious oversight for all these years. It is estimated that 13 million barrels of oil have spilled into the delta, making life even more difficult for the region’s destitute residents. Shell blames the constant spills on attacks from “rebels,” who are in fact minority ethnic groups who feel they have been exploited and displaced by foreign oil companies. But Shell would never consider pulling out of the region or finding ways to avoid ethnic strife. Instead, Shell has proceeded with business as usual, and spilled a record 14,000 tons of crude oil into the delta last year.