BP oil spill one-year anniversary: Guest posts

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“Corexit dispersant will very likely be an issue again this summer as Gulf temperature rises and oil comes surfacing,” by Ro Mayer, founder, Krewe of Dead Pelicans:

“Elizabeth Cook is right. Corexit dispersant will very likely be an issue again this summer as Gulf temperature rises and oil comes surfacing with it. We are now set on a course where chemical dispersant once begun, has made other means of retrieving the oil impossible. More chemical means will be the go-to solution for the Coast Guard paid for and profited from by BP, Exxon and Nalco.

“… The cleanup is a federalized effort coordinated 51 % by the Coast Guard and the EPA, and 49% BP, who is also picking up the tab and is thought to have bought and sold the chemical for $270M from themselves to themselves, through purported ties to Rodney F. Chase, former Deputy Group Chief Executive of BP for 11 yrs, and Daniel S. Saunders, former President, Exxon Mobil Chemical Company and Vice president, Exxon Mobil Corp.

Ro Mayer portrait by Matt Slaby of Luceo Photographs

“This is thought to be the link in BP paying themselves for it and also in providing the chemical Corexit from an Exxon Mobil Chemical Company owned Nalco Plant located at 1601 W. Diehl Rd., Naperville, Ill. 60563-1198 (603)-305-1000 through their association wth Exxon Mobil. This is also thought to be the reason for the selection for this particular dispersant.

“We were told on June 23 at approx 7pm at the BP open house in City Park in New Orleans by the incident commander for the Coast Guard that the dispersant use had been curtailed in the New Orleans area. Indeed, Uptown again smelled like the back repair area of an old gas station so that must’ve been true.

“Also I had not heard any planes for a few days. We were also told that the less toxic EC9500A is what was presently being used and in a lower amount. The use of the more toxic Corexit EC9527A is said to have been discontinued to me by the Incident Commander of the Coast Guard on Wed pm at the BP open house. Finger sandwiches anyone?

“We wanted mechanical removal, not chemical subversion and concealment. Of course, the release of the massive amount of dispersant has likely made that impossible now, and set us on a course for more dispersant this summer as the Gulf heats up and the remaining oil rises to the surface. It should have meant more clean up crews, more skimmers, supertankers to suck the oil out, a tent with a hose to the well sucking the escaping oil out — like were used to capture the oil in the Persian Gulf just prior to the entry into the Gulf by the US fleet.

“We wanted human and wildlife rescue, and marsh and beach oil containment before it reached them, and massive cleanup response as soon as oil appeared. We now want mandatory VOC and PAH testing and autopsy for all humans and wildlife struck with symptoms or found dead in or connected to the Gulf inserted into BOMERE regulations.

“We want energy producers, our government and our military to stop applying Corexit dispersant in all its forms, follow the restrictions in place, and respect the Gulf as a living working environment shared with millions of other human and wildlife forms and also with other industries. Now. We do not want to be the nation’s designated energy sacrifice zone. There is no Planet B.” – Ro Mayer

NOLA.com: Meet Ro Mayer, the Founder of the Krewe of Dead Pelicans

Humid Beings: Krewe of Dead Pelicans and the Tar Ball

The Monster Under the Water –

“My 1 year mojo,” by Greg Jardee

BP chemically attacked their underwater oil spill, spreading poisons all over the Gulf of Mexico, instead of using the huge skimmers that many European nations had offered to help.

“People are sick and dying from this bombardment of the oil by toxic dispersants, and massive in-situ of toxic chemicals just over the horizon from shore. Animals wash ashore dead daily on beaches across the Gulf.

“If this is how America will engage every Deepwater oil spill in the future, by destroying lives, and parts of the ocean, then Deepwater drilling needs to absolutely stop altogether.

“Instead we see a furious pace to explore and drill out Deepwater wells in the Gulf, so soon after the accident. This is not fair to our planet. That ocean has not had enough time to recover.

“Our government is relying on cracked science, in order to support tourism. Yet we see pictures of little kids swimming next to bodies of dead pelicans and dead endagered turtles. I recently saw pictures of little kid flip flops and beach toys covered in tarballs.

“BP has just brought in new sand to cover up oil impacted beaches in Mississippi. They cover up the oil; regardless, oil washes ashore daily.

“There are public beaches that have been open to swimming, despite knowing that dangerous chemicals are present in the water. Waters have been reopened for fishing, even though there’s not much left alive, and if it is, you shouldn’t eat the seafood. These are criminal acts, supported by our federal government, working in collaberation with the gasoline company that decided it was a good idea to grab a big well of oil, 5000 feet below the suface, sitting underneath volcanic activity.”

photo by Mac Mackenzie, taken after the oil spill in Grand Isle a couple weeks ago that got buried by mainstream news media and downplayed by the perpetrators. Everybody’s doin’ it

“Concrete Ways to Save the Gulf Coast,” by Kindra Arnesen, reposted from this NOLA.com article:

“I’ve lived my whole life down in the bayou. I’ve shucked oysters since I was a teenager, and now I’m proud to be a fisherman’s wife with two beautiful children. I wouldn’t live anywhere else. But our lives got turned upside down the day the BP well blew a year ago, and they’ve never been the same since.

“Our community has suffered greatly over the past year. Many of our fishermen worked on the oil spill cleanup and got sick from the toxic fumes of the oil and chemical dispersants. Our livelihoods are threatened by oil in the water that still washes in as tar balls and oil mats off our shores. Some of our marshes remain heavily oiled, and it’s not clear when they will ever be clean again.

“So you would think that a year after the greatest oil disaster in American history, our political leaders would have jumped into action to pass laws to keep anything like this from happening again. Sadly, the answer is no. In fact, our politicians seem more concerned about shutting down the government than they do about helping the very people who elected them into office.

“So last week, I went to Washington to talk to my congressional delegation about passing legislation that enacts recommendations of the presidential oil commission, protects us from future disasters and rebuilds our rapidly eroding coastline.

“We need to create an independent offshore safety authority to increase the role of science to determine which areas we need to protect from drilling and improve our oil spill response plans, which are painfully inadequate. And most of all, we need to take immediate action to make sure the blowout preventers and equipment on our oil rigs are safe and work as designed.

“Congress owes it to all of us to make sure the industry is held accountable for future oil spills. Currently, oil spill polluters are only required to cover $75 million in damages resulting from an oil spill. That’s less than 1 percent of BP’s $14 billion profit in 2009. The $75 million liability cap doesn’t even come close to the true cost of these catastrophes.

“Offshore oil drilling is a dirty, dangerous business. But the current laws on the books simply don’t hold companies responsible for the risks they are taking while they make bigger profits every year.

“My brother worked in the oil fields, and many people I know closely do, too. They deserve better protections from our political leaders so a blowout never again puts our livelihoods at risk.

“We along the Gulf have suffered the most from this political indifference. Our lawmakers need to place a higher value on the safety of our community and the survival of our threatened fisheries along the Gulf coast.

“After all, we provide jobs for our community and help feed the people of this country. We demand that our lawmakers make sure we can continue to do so.”

Kindra’s Window: Full Movie

Fuck Big Oil by Mac McKenzie

LINKS to Gulf news and other slow-pocalypses:

YouTube: EVIDENCE the BP health crisis is real! Cherri Foytlin testimonial at Power Shift 2011

Independent UK: Secret memos expose link between oil firms and invasion of Iraq (Hit: Starts with a ‘B’ and rhymes with “Shittish Petroleum”)

Reuters: Federal practices hamper study of Gulf dolphin deaths

SouthernStudies.org: ISS – A Regulatory Disaster (“When BP’s failed rig began gushing oil into the Gulf, Ott’s first instinct was to turn away. “I didn’t want to go,” Ott told Facing South. “It hurt too much.” But Ott managed to stay away for only 10 days. From news reports, she became convinced that many of the post-spill mistakes made in Alaska were being repeated in the Gulf — and putting the health of thousands of Gulf Coast residents in serious jeopardy.”)

YouTube: Through a Child’s Eyes: Her feelings about the Gulf oil spill crisis

Democracy Now: “5 million barrels of oil does not disappear” — Author, activist Antonia Juhasz on the BP spill, one year later

Houma Today: Along Gulf, spill still defines state of mind

YouTube: It’s Not Over — The Gulf Oil Spill Disaster Continues

Scientists Under Attack: Genetic engineering in the magnetic field of money

NSEuropa.org: The Art of National Propaganda

YouTube: Rare video – the Iron Mountain Report

Wired: Secret space plane can’t hide from amateur sleuths

Bill McKibben at HuffPo: U.S. Chamber has no idea what’s about to hit them

“If Washington is polluted by money, the biggest smokestack comes out the top of the U.S. Chamber. They claim to “represent American business.” In fact, more than half their budget came from just 16 companies. They don’t say who those companies are, but it’s not too hard to figure out, since they spend most of their time fighting any legislation that might help slow climate change. They’re radicals: They filed a brief with the EPA urging them not to act on carbon emissions because if the planet warmed humans could “adapt their physiologies” to deal with the change. If someone on a street corner told you that their plan for global warming was changing your anatomy, you’d give them a wide berth — but if you have a few hundred million in campaign contributions to hand out, it buys you a lot of respectability.”

YouTube: Programmer under oath admits computers rig elections

PeoplesLobbyist: 545 federal employees directly responsible for nation’s troubles (“Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It’s a short but good read and worth the time.”)

YouTube: Japan Tsunami Fukushima Nuclear Disaster — Leuren Moret

NationalAcademies.org: Low levels of ionizing radiation may cause harm

YouTube: The Chernobyl disaster — the severe days (brutal)

Organic Authority.com: 11 vitamins, herbs, & foods that detox radiation exposure

Panacea-bocaf.org: Biofuel Stations (“Facts clearly show that Industrial hemp is the number one biomass producer on earth, meaning an actual contender for an economically competitive, clean burning fuel. Hemp has four times the biomass and cellulose potential and eight times the methanol potential of its closest competing crop – corn. Burning coal and oil are the greatest sources of acid rain; biomass fuels burn clean and contain no sulphur and produce no ash during combustion.”)

Earth Justice: Fracking Across the United States (MAP)

YouTube: Thom Hartmann — Must See! The TRUE story of the Tea Party (pretty cool – he reads from the only remaining first-person account of a participant in the original 1773 Boston Tea Party)

The Billionaires’ Tea Party (full-length documentary on Vimeo)

YouTube: Millions Against Monsanto campaign 2011

YouTube: The Mena Connection — Bush, Clinton, and CIA drug smuggling

Raw Story: Brain structure differs in liberals, conservatives (oh snap : “Liberals have more gray matter in a part of the brain associated with understanding complexity, while the conservative brain is bigger in the section related to processing fear, said the study on Thursday in Current Biology.”)

Common Dreams.org: Why the United States is destroying its education system

A nation that destroys its systems of education, degrades its public information, guts its public libraries and turns its airwaves into vehicles for cheap, mindless amusement becomes deaf, dumb and blind. It prizes test scores above critical thinking and literacy. It celebrates rote vocational training and the singular, amoral skill of making money. It churns out stunted human products, lacking the capacity and vocabulary to challenge the assumptions and structures of the corporate state. It funnels them into a caste system of drones and systems managers. It transforms a democratic state into a feudal system of corporate masters and serfs. …

How does the country expect to retain dignified, trained professionals under the hostility of current conditions? I suspect that the hedge fund managers behind our charter schools system—whose primary concern is certainly not with education—are delighted to replace real teachers with nonunionized, poorly trained instructors. To truly teach is to instill the values and knowledge which promote the common good and protect a society from the folly of historical amnesia. The utilitarian, corporate ideology embraced by the system of standardized tests and leadership academies has no time for the nuances and moral ambiguities inherent in a liberal arts education. Corporatism is about the cult of the self. It is about personal enrichment and profit as the sole aim of human existence. And those who do not conform are pushed aside.”

GreenMedInfo.com: Study — Fat soluble antioxidants protect against radiation toxicity

YouTube: US — Corporation vs People

Daily Kos: Paul Ryan’s ‘welfare state,’ everything but tax cuts for the rich

YouTube: Why No One Invades Switzerland

The Sweet Beet.com: What’s the benefit of fermented food?

Life on the Balcony.com: How to turn a pallet into a garden

BBC: Yemen protests — Women take centre stage (“This revolution-in-the-making is not about women. Their rights are not on its agenda. And yet it has already brought about a massive change. Every day in Sanaa’s Change Square, dozens of women get up on stage and tell tens of thousands of men what they think. Just three months ago, this was simply unimaginable.”)

Reuters: Study — Healthy lifestyle triggers genetic changes

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog: Dr. Mike Robichaux – Mystery Illness

AP: 3,200 abandoned wells lack cement plugs


this level of sincerity usually gives us hives. but the media is so quiet on all this it’s really starting to creep us out. just … there are dead turtles that keep washing ashore everywhere, and dead everything else, all over the Gulf. just makin’ sure yall knew.


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