TESTING THE WATER - CITIZEN'S COALITION UPDATE
This grassroots movement of concerned citizens is dedicated to ascertaining the true magnitude of health risks associated with exposure to oil and chemical dispersants in the Gulf waters through independent laboratory testing. Our citizen's coalition supports the advocation of the Precautionary Principle when it comes to Environmental Protection & Safety.
Our latest test results came back positive for 179 parts per million of oil on Sarasota beach.
This finding is highly significant, as it appears the tide brought in weathered oil from beneath the surface of the Gulf, and that this will probably continue as we experience more storms and wave action moving forward into hurricane season. Keep in mind that the EPA's latest toxicological analysis of the crude oil from the Macondo prospect well showed it had an extraordinarily high toxicity, namely, 2.7 ppm was lethal to 50% of the test fish (Menidia) within 96 hours of exposure. Do we want our children playing in this sand? Or swimming in the water?
The next step is to fingerprint the oil with an in-depth hydrocarbon test which will tell us if this is the same oil as from the Deepwater Horizon well.
The time for action is now. We need to raise funds, #1: to get further testing on are already positive sample. #2 to embark on regular sand and water sampling throughout the coastal area. You can donate here http://www.testingthewater.org/donate