Thursday, September 16, 2010

Oil spill cleanup producing mixed messages

It has happened three times in two months. First with Time magazine, then twice with the New York Times.

A story in a national publication says the Deepwater Horizon disaster might not be quite as bad as everyone feared. Government and oil company employees nod their heads, eager to send the message that their cleanup efforts are succeeding.

Then comes the backlash, along with further evidence that the oil is still wreaking havoc.

The most recent example offers the most dramatic turnaround. On Monday, the New York Times published a story on its website headlined "Gulf May Avoid Direst Predictions After Oil Spill." Preliminary reports from scientists "suggest that the damage already done by the spill may also be significantly less than was feared," the story reported.

Then, on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that scientists had found a layer of oil 2 inches thick on the ocean bottom. Under the oil, they found dead shrimp.

"It's kind of like having a blizzard where the snow comes in and covers everything," University of Georgia researcher Samantha Joye told the AP from aboard a research vessel.

On Monday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune published startling photos from a Louisiana bayou that had been hit by the oil. An enormous fish kill had just occurred. Redfish, crabs and shrimp covered the bayou from bank to bank, looking at first glance like a gravel road.


Someone needs to get the story right about what is happening here.
This is a white washing of the facts and not telling the WHOLE TRUTH!
This is complete and utter bullshit.
I am speaking to people every day and getting the real stories on what is happening there.
From fish kills, babies laying in their own blood from nighttime nosebleeds, people shitting blood, contaminated seafood, people in houses with no AC and temps in the 90's cuz they cannot afford to pay their electric with no jobs, and military operations that continue to spray dispersants from boats and planes...this is a complete distortion of this ecocide and genocide that continues in the Gulf.

BP says they were gonna make it right!
They have done everything in their power to MAKE IT WRONG!

1 comment:

Tammy said...

"CLEANUP INVOLVES MORE THAN JUST REMOVING THE OIL!!!" You said it. When are they going to DO THEIR PART??????