The melting Arctic is under threat from oil drilling, industrial fishing and conflict. YOU can Help Save The Arctic!


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MELTING ARCTIC

The Arctic ice we all depend on is disappearing. Fast.

In the last 30 years, we’ve lost as much as three-quarters of the floating sea ice cover at the top of the world. The volume of that sea ice measured by satellites in the summer, when it reaches its smallest, has shrunk so fast that scientists say it’s now in a ‘death spiral’.

For over 800,000 years, ice has been a permanent feature of the Arctic ocean. It’s melting because of our use of dirty fossil fuel energy, and in the near future it could be ice free for the first time since humans walked the Earth. This would be not only devastating for the people, polar bears, narwhals, walruses and other species that live there – but for the rest of us too.

The ice at the top of the world reflects much of the sun’s heat back into space and keeps our whole planet cool, stabilising the weather systems that we depend on to grow our food. Protecting the ice means protecting us all.

OIL DRILLING

A new Arctic oil rush is starting. Shell, BP, Exxon, Gazprom, Rosneft and others want to risk a devastating Arctic oil spill for only three years’ worth of oil.

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The same dirty energy companies that caused the Arctic to melt in the first place are looking to profit from the disappearing ice. They want to open up a new oil frontier to get at a potential 90 billion barrels of oil. That’s a lot of money to them, but it’s only three years’ worth of oil to the world.

Previously classified government documents say dealing with oil spills in the freezing waters is “almost impossible” and inevitable mistakes would shatter the fragile Arctic environment.

To drill in the Arctic, oil companies have to drag icebergs out the way of their rigs and use giant hoses to melt floating ice with warm water. If we let them do this, a catastrophic oil spill is just a matter of time.

We’ve seen the extreme damage caused by the Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon disasters – we cannot let this happen in the Arctic.

We need a ban on oil drilling in Arctic waters. Sign HERE.

INDUSTRIAL FISHING

Industrial fishing fleets are starting to trawl Arctic waters.

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Local people have fished sustainably in the Arctic for thousands of years, but that could be threatened if we let giant fishing companies exploit the Arctic ocean.

We need a ban on unsustainable industrial fishing in Arctic waters. SIGN HERE.

Conflict

Arctic nations are preparing for possible conflict over the Arctic.

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As the Wikileaks cables show, the US has spoken of “increased military threats in the Arctic” and Russia has predicted “armed intervention” in the future.

Countries are spending billions on Arctic weaponry, threatening the long-term peace of the region. Nuclear-powered ice-breakers, submarines and fighter jets are being purchased by Arctic states with overlapping claims on the area around the North Pole.

The best way to maintain the peace there is to make its resources off-limits. That’s why we’re campaigning for a global sanctuary and a ban on oil drilling and industrial fishing.

Just like in Antarctica, we need an Arctic Ocean dedicated to peace and science.

No country owns the Arctic. It should stay that way. SIGN HERE.

YOU CAN SAVE THE ARCTIC

There is no government or army to protect the Arctic, only countries and companies looking to carve it up.

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There are seven billion of us on our planet. Each and every one of us is affected by the health of the Arctic: by reflecting the sun’s rays off its ice, the Arctic shapes our weather patterns and the food we grow and eat.

But the Arctic is the frontline of our warming climate – heating up twice as fast as anywhere else. It’s also the frontline of the oil industry – one of the dirty, dead fuels responsible for the melting in the first place.

By stopping the new oil rush in the Arctic we are creating the conditions for a radical change in how we power our lives, accelerating the clean energy revolution that will fuel the future for our children.

We know we’re going up against the most powerful countries and companies in the world.

But together we have something stronger than any country’s military or any company’s budget. Our shared concern for the planet we leave our children transcends all the borders that divide us and makes us – together – the most powerful force today.

30 years ago we launched a similar campaign to protect the Antarctic. Nobody thought we would succeed, but we did, and we created a world park around the South Pole.

Now the Arctic is calling.

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Global Climate Convergence Chicago rally after Recent BP Oil Spill into Lake Michigan


Monday, March 31, 2014

The Global Climate Convergence Chicago staged an Emergency Rally in Response to BP Oil Spill in Lake Michigan on Friday.

The group made the following statement (see media coverage below):

Monday afternoon, an estimated 500 gallons of oil from the tar sands in Alberta, Canada, leaked into Lake Michigan, poisoning the source of drinking water for 7 million people in and around Chicago.

The BP Refinery on the lake’s shore has admitted responsibility, but has yet to take action to ensure the safety of our drinking water and ecosystem.

An emergency action has been called by the Global Climate Convergence (GCC) to demand that BP be held accountable.

The GCC, in conjunction with multiple environmental organizations, issues the following demands:

1. The EPA immediately begins testing our water to ensure that it is safe to drink, and publishes their findings.

2. BP is returned to the federal no contract list – which they were removed from only THIS month following their contamination of the Gulf Coast – so that public money does not fund their damage to the ecosystem.

3. BP may no longer divert resources from the public – eg the use of contracted police officers to prevent citizens from entering the land that has been contaminated- to shield themselves from warranted investigation.

4. The city of Chicago becomes a green-energy leader by shifting our energy sources to 100% renewables-based.

We believe that this is only the first of many oil spills to come, following the recently initiated processing of tar sands oil, unless we take a stand against such careless corporations.

Join us to defend our planet, our communities, and our water.

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~ The Global Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit is an education and direct action campaign beginning this spring, with “10 days to change course,” running from Earth Day to May Day. It provides coordinated action and collaboration across fronts of struggle and national borders to harness the transformative power we already possess as a thousand separate movements.

~ The Green Shadow Cabinet was a founding endorser of the Convergence.

http://greenshadowcabinet.us/news/global-climate-convergence-chicago-rally-after-bp-oil-spill

BP and Shell raided for rigging prices for more than a decade


 

 

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The suspected violations – related to the Platts’ price assessment process – may have been going on since 2002.

European commission carries out ‘unannounced inspections’ to investigate claims prices were rigged for more than a decade

The London offices of BP and Shell have been raided by European regulators investigating allegations they have “colluded” to rig oil prices for more than a decade.

The European commission said its officers carried out “unannounced inspections” at several oil companies in London, the Netherlands and Norway to investigate claims they may have “colluded in reporting distorted prices to a price reporting agency [PRA] to manipulate the published prices for a number of oil and biofuel products”.

The commission said the alleged price collusion, which may have been going on since 2002, could have had a “huge impact” on the price of petrol at the pumps “potentially harming final consumers”.

Lord Oakeshott, former Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesman, said the alleged rigging of oil prices was “as serious as rigging Libor” – which led to banks being fined hundreds of millions of pounds.

He demanded to know why the UK authorities had not taken action earlier and said he would ask questions of the British regulator in Parliament. “Why have we had to wait for Brussels to find out if British oil giants are ripping off British consumers?” he said. “The price of energy ripples right through our economy and really matters to every business and families.”

RAC technical director David Bizley said the allegations were “worrying news for motorists” who are already suffering due to the high cost of keeping a vehicle.

“Motorists will be very interested to see what comes of these raids. Whatever happens the RAC will continue to campaign for greater transparency in the UK fuel market and for a further reduction in fuel duty to stimulate economic growth.”

Four months ago the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) ruled out an investigation into petrol price fixing after finding “very limited evidence” that pump prices rise quickly when the wholesale price goes up but fall more slowly when it drops.

The European authorities declined to name any of the companies raided but BP, Shell, Norway’s Statoil and Platts, the world’s leading oil price reporting agency, all confirmed they are being investigated.

In a statement Shell said: “We can confirm that Shell companies are currently assisting the European commission in an inquiry into trading activities.”

BP said: “BP is one of the companies that is subject to an investigation that was announced by the European commission. We are co-operating fully with the investigation and unable to comment further at this time.”

Statoil, which is 67%-owned by the Norwegian government, said: “The authorities suspect participation by several companies, including Statoil, in anti-competitive agreements and/or concerted practices contrary to Article 53 of the European Economic Area (EEA) [market manipulation].

“The suspected violations are related to the Platts’ Market-On-Close (MOC) price assessment process, used to report prices in particular for crude oil, refined oil products and biofuels, and may have been ongoing since 2002.”

Platts said the investigators had “undertaken a review at its premises in London this morning in relation to the Platts price-assessment process”.

The EC said the big oil companies may have “prevented others from participating in the price assessment process, with a view to distorting published prices”.

“Any such behaviour, if established, may amount to violations of European antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices and abuses of a dominant market position.

It warned: “Even small distortions of assessed prices may have a huge impact on the prices of crude oil, refined oil products and biofuels purchases and sales, potentially harming final consumers.”

Luke Bosdet of the AA said British motorists would be relieved that the “lid is finally being lifted off the dark and murky world of oil pricing”.

“Because prices are set in secret, drivers and consumers have no idea whether or not the price they pay at the pumps is a fair reflection of the wholesale price.”

Shadow energy and climate change secretary Caroline Flint said: “These are very concerning reports, which if true, suggest shocking behaviour in the oil market that should be dealt with strongly.

“When the allegations of price fixing in the gas market were made, Labour warned that opaque over-the-counter deals and relying on price reporting agencies left the market vulnerable to abuse.

“These latest allegations of price fixing in the oil market raise very similar questions. Consumers need to know that the prices they pay for their energy or petrol are fair, transparent and not being manipulated by traders.”

Shadow financial secretary to the Treasury Chris Leslie said: “If oil price fixing has taken place it would be a shocking scandal for our financial markets.

“Labour tabled amendments in Parliament last year calling for commodities like oil to be part of the Financial Conduct Authority’s regulatory net, but Ministers refused to act. They should explain why they complacently failed to do so.”

The raids come six months after the Guardian revealed claims of a gas trading scam that led to investigations by the energy regulator, Ofgem, and the Financial Services Authority (now the Financial Conduct Authority) which is ongoing.

The inquiry by Brussels also comes at a time when the price-reporting agencies are under wider scrutiny and have been told by Iosco, the umbrella group of financial regulators, to tighten up the way they work.

There has been deep unease since the Libor scandal that traded commodities such as oil and gas have become increasingly important as investments and yet many of the transactions are not going through exchanges where prices can be checked and transparency for investors assured.

Mounting concern that energy trading had become an area of potential market abuse was highlighted in a feature in the Financial Times last week. This triggered a response from Platts.

In a letter to the FT this week, Larry Neal, the president of Platts, said: “Your comparison of PRA activity to Libor is a false one … While PRAs do obtain information from ‘traders who may have a vested interest in moving the markets, the agencies do not have any such vested interest. In contrast, our role is providing market transparency.”

Last week the Guardian reported that some major energy companies, plus banks and trading houses have stopped providing information to the PRAs whose indices have underpinned the wholesale and in turn the retail gas market.

Officials at Statoil, were among those who said that they had ceased co-operating with three PRAs – Platts, Argus and Icis Heren.

Before Christmas, the French oil group Total said in a letter to Iosco: “Sometimes the criteria imposed by PRAs do not assure an accurate representation of the market and consequently deform the real price levels paid at every level of the price chain, including by the consumer.”

Comment: The whole financial system is a rigged game. This is just one in a long line of recent announcements of insider price rigging. See: Banks have rigged everything: The biggest price-fixing scandal ever

http://www.sott.net/article/261898-BP-and-Shell-raided-for-rigging-prices-for-more-than-a-decade

03-05-13-Corexit & Oil on beach-Ft Walton Beach FL


This lady is doing a lot in her area to expose BP contamination and the poisonous gas expulsion in Ft Walton Fl, if you live in the area it looks like she could use help informing locals about the dangerous Hazmat conditions existing in the environment. Flyer flashmobs would be an excellent way to get the word out!

Published on Mar 5, 2013

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There are no words to describe this! Just watch the heartbreaking video of my beautiful white beaches that I was born and raised on being destroyed by corexit & oil.

 

Dead dolphins and shrimp with no eyes found after BP clean-up


 

 

Chemicals used to disperse Gulf of Mexico spill blamed for marine deaths and human illness

Hundreds of beached dolphin carcasses, shrimp with no eyes, contaminated fish, ancient corals caked in oil and some seriously unwell people are among the legacies that scientists are still uncovering in the wake of BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill.

This week it will be three years since the first of 4.9 billion barrels of crude oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico, in what is now considered the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. As the scale of the ecological disaster unfolds, BP is appearing daily in a New Orleans federal court to battle over the extent of compensation it owes to the region.

Infant dolphins were found dead at six times average rates in January and February of 2013. More than 650 dolphins have been found beached in the oil spill area since the disaster began, which is more than four times the historical average. Sea turtles were also affected, with more than 1,700 found stranded between May 2010 and November 2012 – the last date for which information is available. On average, the number stranded annually in the region is 240.

Contact with oil may also have reduced the number of juvenile bluefin tuna produced in 2010 by 20 per cent, with a potential reduction in future populations of about 4 per cent. Contamination of smaller fish also means that toxic chemicals could make their way up the food chain after scientists found the spill had affected the cellular function of killifish, a common bait fish at the base of the food chain.

Deep sea coral, some of which is thousands of years old, has been found coated in oil after the dispersed droplets settled on the sea’s bottom. A recent laboratory study found that the mixture of oil and dispersant affected the ability of some coral species to build new parts of a reef.

Doug Inkley, a senior scientist for the US National Wildlife Federation and author of a report published this week on wildlife affected by the spill, said: “These ongoing deaths – particularly in an apex predator such as the dolphin – are a strong indication that there is something amiss with the Gulf ecosystem.”

Scientists believe that the 1.8 million gallons of dispersant, sprayed as part of the clean-up, have cemented the disaster’s toxic effect on ocean life and human health. The dispersant, called Corexit, caused what some scientists have described as “a giant black snowstorm” of tiny oil globules, which has been carried around the ocean in plumes and has now settled on the sea floor. A study last November found the dispersant to be 52 times more toxic than the oil itself.

Larry McKinney, director of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, said: “Before we depend on dispersants to get rid of oil and get it out of sight, we need to understand what it can do in the open ocean. We’re told to keep oil off the shore and away from estuaries, but we’ve not dealt with something like this before, that’s in the open ocean and gone from top to bottom, affecting the whole water column.”

Scientists believe the addition of dispersants to the oil made it more easily absorbed through the gills of fish and into the bloodstream. Dr William Sawyer, a toxicologist, has studied concentrations of petroleum hydrocarbon (PHC) in edible fish and shellfish in the region. Samples before the spill had no measurable PHC in the tissue, whereas fish tested in recent months show tissue concentrations as high as 10,000 parts per million, or 1 per cent of all tissue. He said: “The study shows that the absorption [of the oil] was enhanced by the Corexit.”

BP says the dispersants it used are “government approved and safe when used appropriately”, and that extensive testing has shown seafood in the Gulf states is safe to eat.

Louisiana State University’s Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences has found sea life in the Gulf with lesions and deformities that it believes may be linked to the use of dispersants. These include shrimp with no eyes and crabs with no eyes or without claws. BP claims these abnormalities are “common in marine life”, had been seen in the region before, and are caused by bacterial infections or parasites.

In a blow to the region’s tourism, tar balls continue to wash up along the affected coastline, which now stretches from the beaches of Louisiana to Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Marco Kaltofen, a chemical engineer at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, said: “We have a reservoir of petroleum and petroleum-contaminated sediment that lies just offshore of several Gulf beaches. Every time we have a storm, all of a sudden you’re getting these tar balls washing up.”

It is not just wildlife that scientists believe has been affected. Michael Robichaux, a Louisiana doctor, has documented 113 patients who he thinks were made ill by exposure to chemicals associated with the spill. Their most common symptoms include headaches, memory loss, fatigue, irritability, vertigo, nausea, blurred vision and insomnia.

One of Dr Robichaux’s patients, Jorey Danos, 32, is a formerly healthy father of three. Since working for BP on the clean-up, he says he has experienced serious ill health, including severe abdominal and joint pain that has left him walking with a cane. Several doctors, including a neurologist, have put his condition down to the neurological impact of exposure to the chemicals related to the spill.

Mr Danos said: “I worked 21 days in one of the boats skimming the oil and we were sprayed directly with Corexit from above on three occasions. My skin came out with bumps and burning and I started having breathing problems. When a speedboat with BP representatives came by I asked for a respirator but they said no, because it would lead to bad media attention. Now I’m still dealing with it three years later.” BP said all workers were provided with safety training and protective equipment and would have had the opportunity to join a class action settlement.

Geoff Morrell, BP’s head of US communications, said: “No company has done more to respond to an industrial accident than BP has in the US Gulf of Mexico.”

http://www.sott.net/article/260843-Dead-dolphins-and-shrimp-with-no-eyes-found-after-BP-clean-up

 

The Real Consequences of An Ocean Floor Collapse


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Tue, 22 Jun 2010
A collapse of the ocean floor in the Gulf of Mexico is in our near future but all depends on how such will occur. Two possible scenarios have been analyzed and described by several oceanographic institutions including the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) known for its in depth maritime expertise.

The two possible scenarios are either a complete collapse of the ocean floor right above the Deepwater Horizon well and surroundings or a partial collapse in the form of a mud slide on one side of the well.

The first scenario is unlikely at this time but remains a possibility given the number of crevices that have been created naturally due to the high pressure inside the well. This pressure is created by the large amount of methane gasses that is building up inside the well.

Should this scenario occur, then the prediction is that a vast amount of oil and methane will be released immediately into the water and towards the surface. The aftermath would be a tidal wave, caused by the fast displacement of a large amount of water that will reach the shores of all the Gulf States.

The immediate danger will be to cope with the height of the wave along the shoreline and not necessarily the mixture of oil and Corexit. Both products will obviously affect the local population in the aftermath of the tidal wave and during clean up.

The second scenario, a partial collapse of one side of the well in the form of a large mud slide, will cause a similar effect but to a far lesser extent given that the collapse will happen in a more or less slow motion fashion where water will replace oil and methane over a brief period of time.

A wave is expected to form off the Gulf Coast but will cause less damage and will be far less destructive.

Nevertheless, the impact on the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida will be enormous. The tourism industry represents a combined annual income of 150 billion dollars for Alabama and Florida. This industry has been hit hard and may not be able to recover within the next few years after a collapse.

The fishing and shrimping industry that represents the livelihood of small business owners will be affected for at least 10 years and maybe longer.

The ports of New Orleans, Pascagoula and Mobile are and will be inaccessible until the cleanup has been completed. The three ports rely on European and Asian trade for 50% of their annual revenue.

The environmental impact is hard to measure but one thing is certain; 80% of the world’s dolphin population lives in the affected area of the Gulf of Mexico and the whale population migrates to the region to have their babies there.

The BP solution to place relief wells to pump out the oil and methane gas may seem like a good solution but it also represents serious dangers to the integrity of the well’s surface and may cause further cracks and crevices to open.

For the time being this may be the only solution available and let’s hope that the first scenario never occurs.

 

ET INTERVENTION ~ ALEC NEWALD & DAVID GRIFFIN ~ Project Camelot Interview


Bravo Kerry! This information provides another missing link to the trans-humanism/dark ET/military agenda, Morgellions disease, the motives behind the BP catastrophe, Corexit, the poisoning of our food chain and much more. Kerry had problems with technical interference for the first 5min or so before getting the interview started and they continued throughout the interview, which isn’t surprising considering the highly sensitive content of the material. So be patient and listen closely, there’s key intel here that bears serious consideration ~ especially if you listened to the Nuked Radio episode with Early2it last month who discussed synthetic DNA being introduced into the eco-system through Corexit, secondary life forms that live below Earths surface and BP’s encountering black tar, or abiotic oil in the Gulf.

If you haven’t seen Sophia Smallstorms presentation below, it has key information to better understand what’s presented by Alec and David in this interview. Also, Trance-formation by Max Igan is vital to understanding the transhumanism agenda from the bigger picture perspective, you can find the video here by entering the title in the search box.

Published on Jan 6, 2013

Description of Event:

Alec Newald is the author of “Coevolution”

Excerpt:

“Almost 22 years had past now the dreams have come back and there are lights in the sky. You might say I have been activated. What now?

My name is Alec Newald I have never published or operated a web site containing information about my experiences back in 1989, my long published book Coevolution has really been the only public discloser of those experiences save for one or two radio interviews and the odd article published in Nexus Magazine by the publisher of Coevolution Duncan Roads. I had never intended to run a web site either but something is happening on planet earth at this moment that appears to want to include me. So here we are the both of us the one who thought this was all over and the one that knew it never was.” — Alec Newald

Please watch the following in preparation for this event:

From Chemtrails to Pseudo-Life. The Dark Agenda of Synthetic
Biology (FULL LENGTH VIDEO).wmv
Sofia Smallstorm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZSQ-dp1sV5w

“Crime Scene”: Oil Industry Vultures Pick Over Alaska by Greg Palast, Part 2


By Greg Palast, Penguin Books
Posted on November 18, 2011, Printed on November 20, 2011
http://www.alternet.org/story/153133/%22crime_scene%22%3A_oil_industry_vultures_pick_over_alaska

The following is Part II of an excerpt from Greg Palast’s “Vultures’ Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores.” In Part 1, published here,  journalist Greg Palast meets Etok, “the unofficial and at times the official sovereign of this polar territory,” of Northern Alaska, who’s waging battle against brutal multinational corporate forces. Part II starts off with Palast flying off to “Dead Horse” — land taken over by the oil industry. (for a copy of Vulture’s Picnic, click here.)

DEAD HORSE

From Kaktovik, I flew with Etok into Dead Horse, whose prettified name, Prudhoe Bay, graces the BP/Exxon/Shell field, including the drilling rigs balanced on fake islands and the giant machinery that stuffs the crude into the pipeline for its ride to Valdez.

Etok looked down, his jaw clenched, and I could see history taking another bite of his heart. “A crime scene,” he said.

In 1969, a New Mexico oilman and rancher, R. O. Anderson, discovered oil here and staked his claim. His “discovery” was quite some news to the North Slope Eskimos, who had been burning crude oil for centuries while the United States was still burning whales. Anderson’s claim stake, in the name of his company, ARCO, also came as a surprise to the Natives, who already owned the land.

Now if it had been the other way around, if an Eskimo had “discovered” R.O.’s cows on R.O.’s ranch and decided to ship the meat to the Arctic, we’d call it cattle rustling, thievery. And we’d call his property a crime scene.

Etok’s “Pleistocene”  people had been digging oil for millennia, and since 1873, drilling for it. Etok’s dad, from whom he inherited the Arctic’s most experienced harpoon, was an engineer in the oil field during World War II, helping to pull up the Natives’ crude for the U.S. Navy to fuel the defense against the expected invasion from Japan. The Navy never paid the $84 million it owes for this oil. (Etok, not surprisingly, vows to collect it.)

In 1970, not long after R.O.’s ARCO grabbed the North Slope drilling rights, the Arab oil embargo shot oil prices through the ceiling and made R. O. Anderson, “owner” of Prudhoe Bay, richer, by my estimate, than God. That wasn’t enough. Anderson’s “discovery” at Dead Horse would be worth even more if only he could get it to Japan.

Japan? A geography lesson is required here. In Mrs. Gordon’s sixth-grade class, Alaska was that big-ass square in the upper left corner of the pull-down map of the United States hanging above the blackboard. Alaska had a strip of dots to the left of the square, the Aleutian Islands, the Ice Age stepping stones the Pleistocene hunters walked across from Russia. And there was a long thing hanging from it, a peninsula that looks like a hose dripping down to the Lower 48 states. You could almost see Alaska’s succulent resources draining into our puny little states below Canada.

That’s the deal, isn’t it? We bought Alaska from the Russians and now we can suck on that fat straw, chug down the crude like a frat boy on his back getting wasted on a hose from a keg of beer.

Continued here:

http://www.alternet.org/books/153133/%22crime_scene%22%3A_oil_industry_vultures_pick_over_alaska

A Storm of Anxiety Over Fresh Oil Batters the Gulf


September 3, 2011

In the Gulf, another maelstrom has hit. But the tropical storm Mother Nature has brewed  is not the top concern on some resident’s minds. Instead they are worried about the threat of fresh oil sighted in the general vicinity of BP’s Macondo well.

The fact there is oil and sheen in the water now is irrefutable. After weeks of denial the Coast Guard has finally admitted it’s there. But where it’s coming from and how much is bubbling up from the seabed is still very much in question. BP and the Coast Guard say there is no indication the oil sheen spotted recently—linked by some scientists to BP–is coming from a leak in the Deepwater Horizon well. But some speculate it could be coming from a crack in the seabed created by the explosion and three-month blowout that poured 170 million gallons of crude into the Gulf last year.

Bonnie Schumaker, a former NASA scientist and founder of On Wings of Care, flew numerous times over the waters near the Deepwater Horizon well last month and captured what appears to be slicks of oil and sheen stretching for miles. She says she immediately reported her findings and coordinates to the Coast Guard and to research vessels in the area. The Coast Guard initially told her they sent out aircraft and boats to find the slicks but couldn’t find them. That, she says, is baffling.

“How can a girl in a little airplane can go out and find oil with her own eyes day after day and the Coast Guard can’t find it?” She estimates her most recent sighting of oil this week found an oil sheen ten miles long and four miles wide, about 15 miles from the Macondo well. See her video from a flight on August 30th.

In fact, we found so much oil out in the Macondo Prospect (near the site of the April 2010 explosion), that we have an 11-minute video of it that never covers the same area twice!  Not since last summer have we seen this kind of expansive surface sheen.   Metallic-gray and rainbow swirls stretched for miles, mixed with dark-brown stuff that resembled weathered crude more than sargassum weed.  And there were those round-shaped ‘globs’ of oil again, here, there, and everywhere it seemed.  We did not want to see this stuff anymore!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nrdcpix/6106054247/#mce_temp_url#

Bonnie Schumaker found oil slicks in Gulf this week     Photos: Bonnie Schumaker

Continued here:

http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/rkistner/a_storm_of_anxiety_over_fresh.html

 

Another Oil Spill: Heibei Fish Farmers Hit by Oil Spill in Bohai Bay


Capitalism must die, this “for profit “ideology has only brought out the worst in human nature because in the pursuit of wealth we’ve become a greedy, narcissistic, self centered race that has looked away while our leaders accept very little responsibility for the irreparable damage being done to our Mother.

Well let me take the ‘irreparable’ part back, ultimately the planet will heal because she has extraordinary healing powers. But what kind of world are we leaving our descendants? Or will humanity’s karma for the last 150 years of destructive industrial pollution come back on us as the earth awakens from a 10,000 year slumber in a really bad mood, so sick that to get well she must purge that which is making her ill – humans – shaking us off like fleas from a dog.

Fracking Gone Wrong: Finding A Better Way : An Animated Video


Things always find a way to happen …
A pen leaking. Your shoelace coming untied. Toxic chemicals in your drinking water. What?!

Watch this video to learn how the more oil and gas companies frack, the more trouble is finding ways to happen.

The country is in the midst of an unprecedented gas drilling boom—brought on by a controversial technology called hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.”

It starts when oil and gas companies take good water, mix it up with not-so-good stuff and shoot it into the ground to force out the gas. And that’s when things get really strange

Meet The Oil & Gas Twins

The gas industry spends a lot of money trying to trick policy makers into thinking that it’s part of the clean energy family. C’mon. Who do they think they’re fooling? Most gas companies are joined at the hip with their ugly twin—oil companies. They may not want to admit the resemblance, but it’s pretty obvious that gas and oil companies are brothers from the same mothers.

Here are five easy ways you can tell:

  1. They both love ‘extreme’ forms of energy extraction.
    (Although neither has figured out how to do it safely).

    For oil companies, it’s the rush of drilling offshore in deep waters or sub-zero Arctic temperatures. For gas companies, it’s setting off underground explosions with millions of gallons of chemically-treated water—then sitting back and watching nearby residents light their tap water on fire.
  2. They’re both always spilling stuff.
    Sure, oil companies like BP and Exxon have set all the records. But the gas industry is working hard to catch up. Between January 2008 and June 2010, gas companies spilled 4.4 million gallons of fracking and drilling wastewater in Colorado alone.
    (Map of “Fraccidents”)
  3. They belong to all the same clubs.
    The American Petroleum Institute. Independent Petroleum Association of America. The Chamber of Commerce. Friends of James Inhofe.
  4. They switch places with each other all the time.
    It’s sort of like how Jose Canseco sometimes has his twin brother sign autographs for him. When BP was short on cash after its massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico, gas producer Anadarko took over some of their operations. And when gas company XTO decided to get out of the risky fracking game in 2009, Exxon stepped right up and filled XTO’s place.
  5. They both make a living digging up graves.
    It’s not pleasant to think about, but that’s essentially what the fossil fuel industry does: digs up long-dead life forms and then burns them. Creepy. When can we switch over to wind and solar already?

Geological Proof Japan is collapsing, also the USA is Fracturing


This video below is one mans theory behind the geological conditions behind what appears to be the sinking of Japan, he provides plenty of illustrations and evidence to back up his claim. In addition, he maps out what’s been going on in the USA since the BP disaster that’s undermining the stability of the earths crust under the mid-section of the country.  This disaster is by no means over with and is literally a ticking time bomb, in more than one respect.

The link below leads to a video produced by Max Igan where he discuss’s the enormous problems with fracking, when you look at the photos and illustrations he provides you can clearly see this has become a SERIOUS problem – the landscape is literally littered with these wells. Which have also methodically  taken over very large areas of land, it’s sickening when you see what they have done to the earth. And, when you get a birds eye view of it all,  it even looks like they’re trying to fracture the continents. It’s happening everywhere now…

Max Igan’s show:

http://thecrowhouse.com/040811.html

From: 2010TheCountdown  | Mar 23, 2011

Bunker Hill CA 95536
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Bunker+Hill+CA+95536&oe…

Real Time Seismicity
http://aslwww.cr.usgs.gov/Seismic_Data/heli2.shtml

HAARP IS A MASS DESTRUCTIVE WEAPON
http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/pandora/haarp.html

The Earth’s crust: its nature an physical properties
http://books.google.com/books?id=TcaBiy9cO9YC&pg=PA19…

ftp://tonga.mit.edu/pub/youshun/file/Pei_BSSA_09.pdf

Japan Quake Map
http://www.japanquakemap.com/

http://www.fujigoko.tv/live/shotList.cgi

Radiation map
http://www.targetmap.com/viewer.aspx?reportId=4870

http://www.radiationnetwork.com/

http://www.blackcatsystems.com/RadMap/map.html

http://www.irsn.fr/FR/popup/Pages/irsn-meteo-france_19mar…

http://www.zamg.ac.at/aktuell/index.php?seite=1&artik…

Dead Sea Turtles and Dolphins along with continued Oil Spills, Would you Swim in the Gulf?


Editors note: The following article comes from the RSOE Disaster Information Service, one word is noticeably absent from this story – dispersants. It’s obvious to the average person what’s killing everything in the Gulf, do you think it could be the millions of dollars BP spent bribing or even coercing people to stay quiet that keeps this out of the news?  This entire scam makes my head feel want to explode! Just  can’t believe reality has gone so far off track…Much love, Annette

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Sea turtles continue to wash ashore along the Gulf, forcing the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to scramble and figure out what is causing the spike. Last week, the Natural Resources Defense Council and The Huffington Post were first to publish blogs about the sea turtle deaths in Mississippi. Since then, the national media picked up the story. Last Friday, NMFS released a statement with some details about its investigation:

In the past few weeks, we’ve seen an increase in turtle strandings in the northern Gulf, primarily in Mississippi. The spring time is the typical time when turtle strandings in this region begin to increase, but the sharp increases in recent days are of concern to us….NOAA Fisheries is in contact with the states of MS and LA regarding current trawl and other fishery activity that can result in turtle by catch and mortality. In addition, tests will be done for biotoxins, such as those from harmful algae blooms, which are common in the Gulf. …All causes of death, including petroleum, will be investigated when possible based on decomposition. During a necropsy, the full GI tract is examined for product or evidence of oil ingestion. Additionally, samples are taken for PAH analysis. In addition, all turtles are being carefully examined for signs of external oiling.

Like the dolphin strandings this year, it’s likely that many more turtles have died and will never be found. A recent study of dolphin deaths showed the true number of mortalities is probably 50 times what is recovered. As of Friday, NOAA says recent deaths of sea turtles, all of which are included on the Endangered Species list, include 6 in Alabama, 10 in Louisiana, and 47 in Mississippi. Make that at least 50 confirmed sea turtle deaths in Mississippi. This weekend, Pass Christian resident Shirley Tillman found three more dead turtles. Altogether, she has found nine this year. Over her more than 30 years in the community, she has never seen a dead turtle before. On Saturday, she took another walk on the beach, this time with a PBS television producer. Within an hour they found one turtle badly decomposed and hidden in marsh grass near Waveland. Shirley says she only discovered it because of the smell. On Sunday she went back to check on the turtle, which had been spray-painted orange for pick-up by authorities. That’s when she was told there was yet another dead turtle on the beach nearby.

“It’s crazy that I go out there nearly every day and find them. It makes me mad that NOAA is now trying to blame the shrimp fishermen for killing them in their nets when the shrimp season isn’t even open yet and hardly any boats are out there.” Shrimp fishermen feel the same way. They are required to use turtle excluders, devices that allow turtles to escape drowning in shrimp nets. Every year some turtles are killed by fishing boats inadvertently, but shrimpers say to blame them for the recent jump in turtle deaths is hard to believe. “It’s about as ridiculous as anything else I heard during this whole oil spill,” said Louisiana Shrimp Association President Clint Guidry. “This time of year shrimp fishermen are fixing their boats and getting ready for the main season that begins in May. I guess they’ve run out of excuses after saying everything is being killed by dead zones and algae, so now they need to blame us.” Nearly two weeks ago a new oil spill from a shallow well off the Louisiana coast leaked oil into the water that resulted in a huge slick that stretched for miles and polluted parts of Grand Isle and other nearby marshes. The Coast Guard says it was due to oil leaking from a well being capped by Anglo-Suisse, an oil drilling firm based in Texas. Initially the company said it had leaked only 5 gallons of oil.

But the oil slick was clearly much bigger. According to a Skytruth, an analysis of the slick using satellite imagery shows the well may have gushed as much as 640,000 gallons of Louisiana crude into the sea. It’s not clear what impact this oil spill has had on marine life. In Mississippi, Shirley Tillman believes BP oil has something to do with the dead sea life she constantly encounters by the shore. And she wonders how this may affect vacationers now flocking to the region. “It’s bad enough for turtles and dolphins to be dying, but should people and their children be swimming in this water too?” That is not the kind of message BP or local politicians want to hear. Major PR campaigns are underway to convince people the Gulf is normal and the seafood is safe. That’s the message they want to people to hear. But that message is at odds with the views of Gulf residents like Shirley Tillman. She sees a different reality every day she walks the beach.

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/woalert_read.php?edis=BH-20110405-30181-USA

“My BP Claim” – Keeping the Memory Alive


As another environmental catastrophe bears down on the natures “delicate web of life” in Japan, we mustn’t let the memory of what happened one year ago this month fade away. People all along the Gulf Coast are sick and dying from chemical related toxic poisoning, while the doctors carelessly look away and the government washes it’s hands of the whole oily mess. Dolphins wash up dead and even land animals are succumbing to the toxins that have seeped into the environment.

The sinister effects of radiation aren’t so obvious as oil, which makes this disaster all the more insidious. We can still see the oil in the Gulf,  the effects from radiation in lower doses can take years to rear it’s ugly head in the form of cancer and birth defects.  You can smell oil in fish, what about radioactivity?  Without a Geiger counter…just say no to seafood.

We will never forget….

9 dead dolphins found since Saturday in Alabama and Mississippi



March 18 2011

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/226114-9-dead-dolphins-found-since-Saturday-in-Alabama-and-Mississippi

Despite what she called an “unusual mortality event” killing dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico, the top federal scientist investigating the deaths, revealed Wednesday that the government has yet to send any tissue samples for laboratory testing to determine a cause. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Blair Mase blamed the delay on complications related to oil spill litigation.

A letter sent by NOAA to groups authorized to collect tissue samples from dead dolphins described the work as “a criminal investigation,” according to Mase.

Nine more dolphin carcasses were recovered in Alabama and Mississippi between Saturday and Wednesday, bringing the total for the two states to 62 since Jan. 1, according to a list compiled Wednesday by the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies.

That list, which had been maintained online by the institute, has since been removed. The institute had been the only source for the specific locations and dates when dead dolphins were found. Federal officials provide only a state-by-state count.

The federal tally is now 114 dead dolphins found throughout the Gulf states. Fifty of them are listed as neonatal, meaning they were either stillborn or aborted by their mothers.

Federal statistics from 2002 to 2007 suggest about 14 dead dolphins would normally wash ashore between January and March along the entire Gulf Coast, with most of those in March, the beginning of the dolphin calving season.

The dolphins are considered potential evidence in the Natural Resources Damage Assessment, or NRDA, lawsuit federal officials will file against BP PLC, majority owner of the well that spawned the Gulf spill.

“The analytical facilities do not have the samples yet. We haven’t sent them out. Once we identify the proper analytic labs, we’ll send the samples out,” said Mase.

She said that it would be months before any laboratory results would be available, and possibly longer before conclusions could be drawn.

“We have to be very methodical, particularly in regards to what facilities we use, the chain of custody,” Mase said. “So I would say, yes, (the NRDA process) does play a role in this, in the delay.”

No cause ruled out

While popular sentiment along the Gulf Coast leans heavily toward blaming BP’s oil spill for the dolphin deaths, Mase said that NOAA isn’t ruling anything out.

Among the possible causes under consideration:

* dinoflagellate blooms, such as red tide.

* snowmelt flowing into the Gulf from winter storms.

* morbillivirus, a dolphin virus related to measles and canine distemper.

* dietary disruptions tied to the oil spill.

* other spill related effects.

“We’re not any closer, unfortunately, to having a definitive cause. We are still getting dead animals, but there does seem to be a general tapering down,” Mase said. “In all of these years in my job, sometimes you find the cause and that feels really good. But in this particular case, you don’t see that smoking gun.”

Ruth Carmichael, who studies marine mammals at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, expressed frustration with NOAA and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

“It is surprising that it has been almost a full year since the spill and they still haven’t selected labs for this kind of work,” Carmichael said.

100,000’s having symptoms from oil disaster, could be just the tip of the iceberg says doctor


Some of  us saw this coming, now an unprecedented national health disaster is emerging along the Gulf Coast. A wide range of horrible symptoms are emerging in people of all ages, children as young as 2-3 yrs old are suffering, sick and in terrible discomfort, yet doctors can’t diagnose what’s going on. Dr Rodney Soto bravely comes forward to sound the alarm on what appears to be a health emergency in entire populations along the coast. The conventional medical system is offering no help and is clueless in treating chemical poisoning, Dr Soto recommends holistic detox programs and seeking holistic doctors for treatment. Also DO NOT EAT THE SEAFOOD OR SWIM IN THE WATER!

People in the south feel isolated, helpless and hopeless, this obvious terrorist attack on our environment and our people, BP needs to be held accountable.

Excellent interview with professionals on the frontline of this crisis, please pass it on this interview needs to go viral to bring attention to this problem.

Program Six ‘Crossing over the Bridge’ The Gulf of Mexico ‘The Deepwater Horizon Human & Environmental Aftermath – Reaching for Solutions’

Guests: Scientist Dr. Brian O’Leary, Dr. Rodney Soto M.D., Advocate MaryLee Orr & Captain Louie
http://www.davidgibbons.org/id292.html

Scientist finds Gulf bottom still oily, dead


Does this really surprise anyone? I would have been shocked if the findings were any different. BP wanted a dead sea to pump oil from without regulation to protect the environment, now there’s no environment to protect because nothing will be able to live there now. These coporate criminals need to be jailed for life, along with the people in the EPA who allowed the spraying of Corexit to continue.
Feb 19, 8:53 PM EST

By SETH BORENSTEIN
AP Science Writer

AP Photo
AP Photo/Samatha Joye

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oil from the BP spill remains stuck on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, according to a top scientist’s video and slides that she says demonstrate the oil isn’t degrading as hoped and has decimated life on parts of the sea floor.

That report is at odds with a recent report by the BP spill compensation czar that said nearly all will be well by 2012.

At a science conference in Washington Saturday, marine scientist Samantha Joye of the University of Georgia aired early results of her December submarine dives around the BP spill site. She went to places she had visited in the summer and expected the oil and residue from oil-munching microbes would be gone by then. It wasn’t.

“There’s some sort of a bottleneck we have yet to identify for why this stuff doesn’t seem to be degrading,” Joye told the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual conference in Washington. Her research and those of her colleagues contrasts with other studies that show a more optimistic outlook about the health of the gulf, saying microbes did great work munching the oil.

“Magic microbes consumed maybe 10 percent of the total discharge, the rest of it we don’t know,” Joye said, later adding: “there’s a lot of it out there.”

The head of the agency in charge of the health of the Gulf said Saturday that she thought that “most of the oil is gone.” And a Department of Energy scientist, doing research with a grant from BP from before the spill, said his examination of oil plumes in the water column show that microbes have done a “fairly fast” job of eating the oil. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab scientist Terry Hazen said his research differs from Joye’s because they looked at…

read more;

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCI_OIL_SPILL_LINGERS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-02-19-20-53-39

Widespread Contamination of the US Gulf Coast . Illnesses related to the Oil Disaster Environmental Protection Agency Turns a Blind Eye


There’s a criminal cover-up going on along the Gulf Coast and Dahr Jamail deserves a Nobel Prize for his tireless work with victims of this disaster to keep the story alive, while most everyone else has moved on he continues to investigate an ongoing crime scene and give voice to the innocent people who’s livelihood’s and an entire way of life have been destroyed by the careless drilling practices going on within the fossil fuel industry. 

This story is a typical example illustrating the fact that objective, investigative news reporting is dead and has totally sold out to transnational corporations that control and censor news stories. BP killed this story months ago because the oil and energy industry own the mass media – General Electric with ties to BP, owns a good share of major media outlets nationwide. As a result we won’t be seeing any news stories on the countless number of people falling ill and dying from toxins in the environment in the oil and the dispersant Corexit.

America should be demanding a full investigation and BP’s head on a platter…WTF? Where is everyone? This isn’t over by a long shot…

Widespread Contamination of the US Gulf Coast . Illnesses related to the Oil Disaster
Environmental Protection Agency Turns a Blind Eye
By Dahr Jamail
Global Research, December 9, 2010
AlJazeera – 2010-12-06
Some Mississippi residents believe that unnatural foamy substances washing up on beeches are a byproduct of BP’s toxic dispersants used as part of the clean-up effort around the Gulf of Mexico oil spill  [Photo: Erika Blumenfeld]

Michelle Nix, from Pensacola, Florida, founded the group Gulf Coast Oil Spill Volunteers in an effort to be pro-active and do what she could to help when the BP oil disaster began on April 20.

“I had 500 volunteers coordinated to help with cleanup, people offering free oil boom, people donating their work and time to help,” Nix told Al Jazeera.

She contacted the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Coast Guard, Wildlife and Fisheries, “and everyone I could think of to try to help,” Nix said. “But none of them responded. None of the government agencies would get back in touch with me.”

Nix, not to be deterred, helped organise blood tests for several Gulf coasts residents who were experiencing sicknesses attributed to toxic chemicals released from BP’s well blow-out and the dispersants the company has used to sink the oil.

In October, Dr. Wilma Subra, a chemist and Macarthur Fellow, conducted the blood tests for volatile solvents – chemicals present in BP’s crude oil as well as their toxic dispersants – on eight people Nix provided who live and work along the coast.

Chemical contamination

Most of the people tested had these toxic chemicals present in their blood at levels several times higher than the national average. “Ethylbenzene, m,p-Xylene and Hexane are volatile organic chemicals that are present in the BP Crude Oil. The blood of all three females and five males had chemicals that are found in the BP Crude Oil,” according to Subra’s report.

Ethylbenzene is a form of benzene present in the body when it begins to be broken down. m,p-Xylene is a clear, colorless, sweet-smelling, flammable liquid that is refined from crude oil and is primarily used as a solvent.

These chemicals in BP’s oil are extremely hazardous to humans. They can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, kidney damage, altered renal functions, irritation of the digestive tract, lung damage, burning pain in nose and throat, coughing, wheezing, skin problems and cancers.

On November 8, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson headed a meeting of the Gulf Oil Spill Task Force in Pensacola, which activist Michelle Nix attended.

“I hand delivered these blood test results to Lisa Jackson,” Nix said, “She told me she would get back in touch with me, as well as that she would get in touch with Dr. Subra.”

It is nearly a month later, and Nix has not heard from Lisa Jackson or the EPA.

Dr. Subra, who is actively working with the EPA on issues beyond the BP Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, is still waiting to hear from them about the blood test results.

“I have not heard back from the EPA about the blood tests,” Subra told Al Jazeera, “I’m working with the EPA on a host of other issues, including superfund issues and hydraulic fracking. So let me be clear that they are not ignoring me on other issues. But with the blood tests, I have not heard from them.”

Widespread Disregard

In response to their oil disaster last summer that released at least 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BP admitted to using at least 1.9 million gallons of widely banned toxic Corexit dispersants (which have been banned in 19 countries) to sink the oil. The dispersants contain chemicals that many scientists and toxicologists have warned are dangerous to humans, marine life, and wildlife.

Earlier this year on May 20, the EPA told BP it had 24 hours to find a less toxic alternative, but the EPA’s request was ignored. Then on May 25, BP was given a directive by the EPA to scale back their spraying of the Gulf of Mexico with dispersants. The Coast Guard overlooked the EPA’s directive and provided BP with 74 exemptions in 48 days to use the dispersants.

Residents in Mississippi and Louisiana told Al Jazeera that they believe BP continues to use the toxic dispersants, but the EPA will not respond to their appeals for information and help.

Jesse Fineran works within the Hancock County Mississippi Emergency Management Agency as an oil spill response worker within the Emergency Operations Center.

“They keep spraying [dispersants],” Fineran told Al Jazeera, “We keep seeing this foam coming in just about everyday.”

His attempts to alert EPA of the ongoing use of dispersants, as well as many other concerns he has about BP’s response to the disaster, have been largely ignored.

Fineran provided Al Jazeera with a copy of an email he sent on July 26 to Sherryl Carbonaro and Carter Williamson of the EPA, along with several other people.

Mysterious foam

He provided the EPA personnel with information about ongoing dispersant use, and wrote, “We continue to find various products that appear to be direct results of the DWH [Deepwater Horizon] spill and/or associated with BP operations. This includes submerged oil patties and patches in State/County waters and marshes, as well as a mysterious dark colored foam … [the] EPA continue to provide a less than transparent explanation as to the foam’s actual composition.”

Fineran has called and sent several emails to EPA officials about these concerns, as well as how smaller boats are being used to spray dispersants in the waters off the coast of Mississippi, and has requested that EPA look into this, as the EPA claims that since mid-July, no dispersants have been used.

“It appears that DWH operations has managed to drop the surface oil from sight, but apparently not out of our local environments,” Fineran’s email continues, “The product [oil] clearly remains in area waters and marshes… Is there a plan to remove the now out of sight product and deal with the possible long term effects of leaving the product [oil] in our community?”

Al Jazeera asked Fineran how the EPA responded to his requests, as well has his requests to the EPA’s Region 4 office, which includes Mississippi.

“The highest-ranking EPA folks I’ve contacted won’t even reply to my emails,” he said, “I’ve gotten nothing but lip service. I did get an ‘I’m sorry’ from one of them.”

Fineran, who continues to work within the Emergency Response Center for Mississippi added, “Nothing the EPA has told us has turned out to be true.”

Shirley and Don Tillman from Pass Christian, Mississippi, have been outspoken in their belief that BP’s dispersants have been making people sick. They were in BP’s oil response Vessels of Opportunity program, and several of their family members and friends are sick from what they believe are chemicals in BP’s dispersants.

Shirley Tillman thinks dispersants used by BP have made her friends and family sick [Photo: Erika Blumenfeld]

On October 19th they were visited by Special Agent James Kejonen from NOAA, and Special Agent Ben Bryant with US Fish and Wildlife. The agents told the Tillman’s they were collecting information for a government investigation into dispersants and possible problems associated with them.

“I gave them a sample we’d taken from Long Beach that I thought had Corexit,” Shirley Tillman told Al Jazeera. “They were very friendly and seemed sincere, but we haven’t heard back from either of them, and they won’t return our phone calls.”

The same day the federal agent’s visited the Tillman’s, they visited Jesse Fineran.

His calls to the agent’s have not been returned either, and Fineran told Al Jazeera, “It is clear from this response that the Government and BP intended to keep the locals ignorant of the facts pertaining to the spill and the inter-working of the response.”

Al Jazeera requested information from the EPA’s Region 6 Public Information Centre, that includes Louisiana, about their ongoing testing of the water and air for chemicals associated with the oil disaster, also asking for information the EPA has that is related to illnesses caused by the oil disaster.

In late October we were told by Joe Hubbard in EPA’s office of external affairs that this information would be provided, but Al Jazeera has yet to receive this information.

Al Jazeera contacted the external affairs office at EPA Region 4 and spoke with Dawn Young. When asked how the EPA was responding to the claims of ongoing use of dispersants and illnesses related to the oil disaster Ms. Young said, “Those issues would still be answered by the Joint Information Center.”

The Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center external affairs officer, Susan Blake with the Coast Guard, informed Al Jazeera that she had passed on our querries about ongoing use of dispersants and oil disaster related illnesses along the Gulf Coast to Joe Hubbard at EPA Region 6.

Requests for information from press officer Latisha Petteway at Lisa Jackson’s office in Washington DC concerning Subra’s blood test results that were handed to Jackson in Pensacola have not been replied to.


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Portions of the Gulf are So Toxic that Dolphins, Fish, Crabs, Stingrays and Other Animals are “Trying to Crawl Out of the Water”


http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/…ish-crabs.html

Sunday, August 22, 2010

On Friday, Inter Press Service reported:

Danny Ross, a commercial fisherman from Biloxi… said he has watched horseshoe crabs trying to crawl out of the water, and other marine life like stingrays and flounder trying to escape the water as well. He believes this is because the water is hypoxic. …

David Wallis, another fisherman from Biloxi… [said] “I’ve seen crabs crawling out of the water in the middle of the day. This is going to be affecting us far into the future.”

This has been a common occurrence since BP started spilling oil into the Gulf.

The Post Chronicle noted on August 12th:

Some local fishermen say they are seeing strange behavior by marine life — mullets, crabs and other creatures which normally stay well under water have been sighted congregating on the surface — and they relate this to the spill.

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“It looks like all of the sea life is trying to get out of the water,” said Alabama fisherman Stan Fournier. “In the 40 years I have been on these waters I’ve never seen anything like this before.”

The Advocate-Messenger pointed out on July 31st:

Besides potentially maintaining higher levels of toxicity, the oil trapped in the water column is also suffocating the ocean, causing radical drops in oxygen levels never before seen, [Monty Graham, a biological oceanographer specializing in plankton at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab on the coast of Alabama] said.

Following the oil and methane spill, Graham’s measurements of oxygen levels in the waters where he studies plankton dropped to two to three times lower than normal, to a level so low most animals cannot tolerate it.

That suffocating effect is why all kinds of sea animals have been showing up in greater and greater numbers, closer and closer to shore — they can’t breathe in their normal habitats anymore.

And AP wrote in June:

Dolphins and sharks are showing up in surprisingly shallow water just off the Florida coast. Mullets, crabs, rays and small fish congregate by the thousands off an Alabama pier. Birds covered in oil are crawling deep into marshes, never to be seen again.

Marine scientists studying the effects of the BP disaster are seeing some strange — and troubling — phenomena.

Fish and other wildlife are fleeing the oil out in the Gulf and clustering in cleaner waters along the coast. But that is not the hopeful sign it might appear to be, researchers say.

The animals’ presence close to shore means their usual habitat is badly polluted, and the crowding could result in mass die-offs as fish run out of oxygen. Also, the animals could easily get devoured by predators.

“A parallel would be: Why are the wildlife running to the edge of a forest on fire? There will be a lot of fish, sharks, turtles trying to get out of this water they detect is not suitable,” said Larry Crowder, a Duke University marine biologist.

Tragically, when sea animals crowd into shallow water in an attempt to escape pollution, they can quickly use up all available oxygen.

As the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection writes:

The warmer water is the less dissolved oxygen it is able to hold. If the fish schooled very tightly in shallows very close to shore for any reason, they may have simply used up all the oxygen that was available to them and died.”

Update: Bloomberg reports on August 23rd that scientists confirm that this is related to the oil spill:

BP Plc’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may be exacerbating a natural phenomenon that causes fish, crabs, eels and shrimp to swarm the shoreline to escape oxygen-depleted sea waters.

Called “jubilees” by locals because of the opportunity to scoop up seafood in buckets, they typically appear during the summer along the Gulf Coast. This year, scientists say jubilees have occurred in open water for the first time, raising concern that low-oxygen areas are expanding because of the more than 4 million barrels of oil BP’s Macondo well leaked into the Gulf.

Low oxygen in the water because of oil and methane from the BP spill contributed to a “jubilee-like effect” in late June off the coast of Fort Morgan, Alabama, at the mouth of Mobile Bay Monty Graham, a senior marine scientist at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama, said in a telephone interview. Catfish, shrimp, crab and flounder piled up along an offshore sandbar, until the sharks moved in, Graham, 45, said.

“Most of us believe it had something to do with the oil,” said Robert Shipp, 67, chairman of the Marine Sciences Department at the University of South Alabama. There was a “consensus” among faculty at the University of South Alabama and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab that oil played a part in the event, which was “quite different” from the naturally occurring jubilees in the Gulf’s Mobile Bay, Shipp said.

***

“Oil residues on the bottom and in the water columns could exacerbate and make worse this phenomenon,” Kent Mountford, an environmental historian who has studied estuarine ecology for 46 years, said in a telephone interview. Mountford, 73, works for Cove Corp., an environmental consultancy, in Lusby, Maryland

Dr Riki Ott – People in the Gulf are “Dropping Dead” from Chemical Poisoning


Marine Toxicologist Dr Riki Ott delivers a powerful message about the truth behind the cover up with the BP Gulf disaster, she gives voice to the people in the South who are literally dropping dead in some cases from chemical poisoning, she  speaks out against corporate corruption involving the environment and how the people can work together to forge new paths towards alternative energy, leaving behind the fossil fuel industry  that’s killing the citizens.  ~A~}

Riki Ott

The Intel Hub
By Shepard Ambellas

On the sixth month anniversary of the oil disaster in the gulf we are still witnessing a complete media blackout.

The people, particularly in Grand Isle, have been poisoned by tyrants that care more about their pocketbooks than human life or mother earth.

According to Riki Ott, marine toxicologist and Exxon Valdez survivor:

“The people that did evacuate (the gulf) are glad they did”
And for good reason.”

” I am dealing with about 3 -4  autopsies right now… I know of people who’s esophagus’ are de-solving, disintegrating… I know of people with 4.75% of their lung capacity, with enlarged hearts… All of these
people have oil in their bodies.”

The gulf oil spill is admittedly a Dept. of Defense operation as reported on by the Army Times and the Intel Hub.

Multiple C-130′s, military and Coast Guard, along with various types of Evergreen Air aircraft and boats have been used to carry out the spraying operation in and around the region.

Boats equipped to spray have also been spotted and well documented by journalists such as Dahr Jamail. There have been reports of out of state contractors and military conducting spraying operations in
throughout the region.

Reports are circulating of deaths, along with people finding VOC’s and other toxins in their bloodstream. The reports also include dizziness, sore throat and trouble breathing, all symptoms of chemical
exposure.

Unfortunately, the regions economy has been devastated, with the fishing industry being the hardest hit. People have lost their medical insurance and more as they are overwhelmed with financial and toxic
doom.

Groups such as Project Gulf Impact and even some law firms are extending a helping hand to people in need.

One of the most unreported cases of murder, corruption and poisoning is taking place right here on American soil while the sleeping masses escape reality due to corporate media control.

 

 

the people, the environment and peoples livelihoods.

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