Sunday, October 31, 2010
On a dock in Cocodrie, Paul Sammarco unfurls a 15-foot long piece of fabric, a highly absorbent cotton-like material, which may spark a whole new debate over how much oil remained in the Gulf of Mexico this summer. Dr. Sammarco and a team from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) sampled waters two months after BP plugged its crippled well. He was astonished at what he found... [A]n underwater video shot by a LUMCON researcher weeks after the spill showed globs of oil were visible in the water column with the naked eye. ... "My feeling is that it's an underestimate of what was actually there." ... If a canister happened to have captured one of the globs, he notes the NOAA estimates would have skyrocketed.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
How much more proof do people need on what is happening in the Gulf Region?
The BP/Deep Water Horizon explosion created the world's largest toxic chemical and offshore oil disaster that has the potential to shift the entire global energy paradigm – IF the public stays focused and aware of the situation and it's consequences.
Part I of The Consequence of Oil investigates the cover up of the massive amount of oil and chemical dispersants that are still in the ocean and marshes, the possibly illegal and toxic use of the dispersant Corexit in coastal population zones, and the continued effects of the spill on the Gulf environment, residents, and clean up crews.
As the mainstream media shifts away from the people and stories of the Gulf, Global Access Media's 12-part documentary series, The Consequence of Oil, will continue to shine a light on the questions, concerns and allegations of the independent scientists, BP workers, fishermen and residents of the Gulf as they live the real consequences of the largest offshore industry oil disaster the world has ever known.
BP, Halliburton, Transocean, US Government are all directly complicit in this environmental crime of the millennium
The Safety & Data Fraud Iceberg in the exploration industry – Part IIIa of Root Causes
Posted by BK Lim
Independent Geohazards Specialist
Friday, October 29, 2010
As the blame game continues and the truth trickle out little by little, many will be left wondering how the disaster will play out and the imminent threats of future disasters. It is blatantly clear beneath the dog and pony shows, such mega disaster could not have happened if the checks and balances in place had been functioning as they should. It is fortuitous that all of them should expediently fail one after another. More likely, the checks and balances had long been subverted and broken. It is an industry speeding down the highway with its driver drunk with greed and power. If the “drunken speedster” is not stopped in time, the result can only be a big bang when the road runs out.
The answer to the second question is dependent on how the perpetrators of this crime of mass destruction are handled. This disaster was no “unexpected accident”. Anyone who is not blinded by corruption can see that. At the very least BP’s the exploration managers knew trouble was brewing and did nothing to avert it. They should be prosecuted for willful negligence.
At worst, with prior knowledge that such environmental disasters are inevitable, BP invested heavily into researching “deplorable means” of harvesting windfalls from such “accidental natural disasters”. Connect the dots behind The-Gulf-Blue-Plague.READ MORE HERE:
I am quoted in this article!!! TITLE: Hopefuls run to end funding for Dust Bowl-era conservation districts
By CHRISTIAN M. WADE | The Tampa Tribune
Published: October 29, 2010
TAMPA - You probably know most of the candidates running for federal and state offices next Tuesday, but there's one local race that has many voters scratching their heads.
Eight candidates are competing for two seats on the governing board for Hillsborough County's Soil and Water Conservation districts. It's a four-year unpaid term on a quasi-governmental agency with little or no oversight and virtually no enforcement authority.
A relic of the Dust Bowl era, conservation districts were set up across the country in the 1930's by then-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to create jobs, encourage soil and water conservation and serve as conduits for federal and state agricultural subsidies.
Over the years, that mission has been reduced to mostly educational outreach.
Hillsborough County has five soil and water conservation districts, established by the Florida Legislature in 1946, which receive about $250,000 a year from the county.
Most of that funding pays the salaries and benefits of three full-time staff, including two engineers who conduct irrigation audits for farmers, and educational outreach such as the annual "environmental Olympics" and a poster contest for public school students.
That has made the volunteer board a target for critics of wasteful government spending.
"It's a total waste of taxpayer dollars," says A.J. Brent, one of five candidates running for the District 5 seat on the soil and water conservation board in the Nov. 2 election.
Brent said county agencies such as the Southwest Florida Water Management District and Tampa Bay Water operate similar conservation programs and many landscaping companies offer cheap irrigation audits.
If elected, he wants to eliminate its funding.
"Our property taxes shouldn't be used to judge poster contests," Brent said.
Anita Stewart, who is also running for the District 5 seat, agrees that the money isn't being spent properly, but thinks the agency can still play a vital role in the county, such as finding out "what is happening with those sinkholes caused by farmers in Eastern Hillsborough."
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Friday, October 29, 2010
There are several links here that need to be read and studied by anyone living in the Gulf Region, especially if you plan to stay here for any length of time. And for those of you that doubt that anything is happening here, whether you live in the Gulf Region or not, instead of debunking and calling the victims that live here conspiracy theorists, please read on... http://worldvisionportal.org/wvpforum/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=1031
Feds’ press release says NOAA, FDA now testing for dispersant: Corexit ingredient DOSS found in 13 samples — Up to 500 ppm allowed in shrimp, crabs, oysters
NOAA and FDA have developed and are using a chemical test to detect dispersants used in the Deepwater Horizon-BP oil spill in fish, oysters, crab and shrimp….
[T]o ensure consumers have total confidence in the safety of seafood being harvested from the Gulf, NOAA and FDA have added this second test for dispersant when considering reopening Gulf waters to fishing….
Only a few showed trace amounts of dispersants residue (13 of the 1,735) and they were well below the safety threshold of 100 parts per million for finfish and 500 parts per million for shrimp, crabs and oysters. As such, they do not pose a threat to human health.
The new test detects dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate, known as DOSS, a major component of the dispersants used in the Gulf. …
READ MORE HERE:http://www.floridaoilspilllaw.com/feds-press-release-noaa-fda-testing-dispersant-13-fish-test-positive-corexit-ingredient-doss-500-ppm-allowed-shrimp-crabs-oysters
Surfers ill from trip in mid-September — Large swell brings cocktail of “oil and dispersant to the surface”
A few months after the spill, the Surfrider Foundation was contacted by Chuck Barnes, Director of Eastern Surfing Association (Alabama District). Chuck informed us that he and several people became ill after surfing in mid-September… They are the “canaries in the coal-mine”. They are in the water several times a week…All of the surfers I spoke with complained of throat/nose/ear problems, accompanied by skin rashes, and burning eyes/lips after surfing during a large swell. READ MORE HERE:
¦ Lab results confirm that oil discovered in Pensacola Bay last month has extreme toxicity levels
Test results are in for oil material found in Pensacola Bay late last month, and the numbers are frightening.
A lab experienced in testing petroleum products determined that the oil’s toxicity levels are sky-high.
“In its natural state, the numbers are off the chart,” said Heather Reed, the environmental expert for the City of Gulf Breeze who made the discovery. “It’s extremely toxic to human health.”
Lab workers had to dilute the sample 20 times just to get a reading. Reed said samples are usually diluted only once.
“The oil is very well preserved,” Reed added. “It smells very strong when pulled out of the water. It made me nauseated.” Reed in late September discovered a significant amount of oil buried in submerged sediment near Fort McRae in Escambia County while conducting independent research.
“The oil was in about 3 feet of water and was buried pretty deep in the sediment,” Reed recalled. “The mats where between 6 inches and a foot in diameter, but some were more than 2 feet in diameter. I kept digging and finding more and more.
“Finding this submerged oil is very alarming to me because it’s in such large mats,” Reed explained. “I believe it came into (the bay) in June with the initial impacts.”
Reed on Sept. 30 revisited the site and another near Barrancas Beach with BP and Coast Guard officials to inform responders of her discovery. She also discovered oil present at Johnson Beach, Fort Pickens and Orange Beach through research she conducted in September.
The topography near Fort McRae helped preserve the submerged oil. Because the area is a secluded cove, very little water flows through it – resulting in low oxygen levels.
“(The oil) is in an anaerobic environment, so there is not a lot of bacteria to break it down,” Reed explained.
Reed said that similar samples that might possibly remain submerged in the Gulf of Mexico could be extremely damaging to the marine ecosystem.
“I am concerned about upwelling events,” Reed said. “Strong currents draw up nutrient rich water and sediment from the sea floor that nourishes plankton and other organisms that are the foundation of the marine food chain.
“If an upwelling event brings up any oil material with these toxicity levels, it could be harmful to any animals near the upwelling plume.”
Reed is unsure of the effects of the oil on the water quality near Fort McRae.
“The surface area is very large, and it gets pretty deep, so there could be a lot of dilution,” she said. “Because it sank and is submerged, it will stay there.
“I would not recommend going into the water.”
She explained that the effects near the beach would be different because of more aeration.
Though no oil has been reported on Gulf Breeze shores or in local bayous, those areas could be at risk.
“We don’t have any barriers, the Coastwatchers aren’t patrolling anymore, and there has been no communication to the city of this oil entering the bay,” Reed said.
If oil entered any of the Gulf Breeze bayous, Reed explained that it would sink and become submerged just as it had near Fort McRae.
“It would definitely sink and be preserved,” Reed said. “And it would be very difficult to find.”
Last Updated: Thursday, October 28, 2010 2010/10/28
Pinellas County residents have been noticing a white, chalky film appearing on dishes in their dishwashers.
"I bought a new dishwasher, a new hot water heater, and my dishes are still covered in this white film," homeowner Paul Toth said.
"We have to get out the Dawn, fill up the sink, get out the scrubby pad and literally sit here and do it the old fashioned way," Toth said. "I'm one of those guys, you don't like to do things twice if you don't have to. It's almost gotten to the point where I'm going 'Why we are using the dishwasher anymore because it's not working?'"
At appliances stores like APSCO on East Bay in Clearwater, salesman Bobby McDearmon is hearing many of the same complaints.
"It's unbelievable. Somebody buys a nice, top of the line dish washer, something with a stainless steel interior and then a couple of months later they're in here yelling and screaming because it's not performing properly," McDearmon said.
His store has started giving away free samples of a product called 'Lemi-Shine' with every new dishwasher they sell.
"We actually got ahold of the company that makes it so we can give it out as a free sample, just because we know the hard water is so bad with the types of soap that are available to us today," McDearmon said.
While the water in Pinellas County does have a lot of minerals in it, the county's utilities director Robert Powell says the water isn't completely to blame.
"Looking at all the data, there hasn't been any significant change in the water that we're delivering to customers since 2002. The big change that has occurred has been on the detergent side of the picture," Powell said.
Powell said in response to states banning detergents with phosphates in them, companies have lowered the amount of phosphate in the detergents we buy. Phosphates help keep dishes spotless, but when they drain into waterways they can cause an overgrowth of vegetation that can kill wildlife.
Powell said the minerals that cause the white, chalky film on the dishes are not harmful to consumers.
"It's an aesthetic issue, not a health issue at all," Powell said.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
The Justice Department said Wednesday that the zone extends 750 feet in all directions from the rig and its debris field. Officials said the zone will be in place for at least a year and could be renewed. A U.S. District Court judge in New Orleans approved keeping the area off-limits.
The government said the site must be kept secure to protect evidence for possible criminal and civil cases. Vessels and aircraft will patrol the area.
NOTE TO SELF: WHY IS THIS NEEDED?
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Story by Dahr Jamail, Photography by Erika Blumenfeld | t r u t h o u t | Report
On Saturday, October 23rd, Truthout spotted what appeared to be massive areas of weathered oil floating near Louisiana’s fragile marshlands in both East and West Bays along the Mississippi River Delta. In addition, at least two more oil leaks were spotted near oil and gas platforms along Louisiana’s embattled coastline.
Four days prior, federal on-scene cleanup coordinator for the BP oil disaster, Coast Guard Rear Adm. Paul Zukunft, declared there was little recoverable surface oil in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Investigation by Al Jazeera online correspondent finds toxic illnesses linked to BP oil dispersants along Gulf coast.
|Denise Rednour of Long Beach, Mississippi, has been sick with chemical poisoning since July [Erika Blumenfeld]|
Two-year-old Gavin Tillman of Pass Christian, Mississippi, has been diagnosed with severe upper respiratory, sinus, and viral infections. His temperature has reached more than 39 degrees since September 15, yet his sicknesses continues to worsen.
His parents, some doctors, and environmental consultants believe the child's ailments are linked to exposure to chemicals spilt by BP during its Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.
Gavin's father, mother, and sister, Shayleigh, are also facing serious health problems. Their symptoms are being experienced by many others living along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
Widely banned toxic dispersants
Injected with at least 4.9 million barrels of oil during the BP oil disaster of last summer, the Gulf has suffered the largest accidental marine oil spill in history. Compounding the problem, BP has admitted to using at least 1.9 million gallons of widely banned toxic dispersants, which according to chemist Bob Naman, create an even more toxic substance when mixed with crude oil. And dispersed, weathered oil continues to flow ashore daily.
Naman, who works at the Analytical Chemical Testing Lab in Mobile, Alabama, has been carrying out studies to search for the chemical markers of the dispersants BP used to both sink and break up its oil.
According to Naman, poly-aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from this toxic mix are making people sick. PAHs contain compounds that have been identified as carcinogenic, mutagenic, and teratogenic.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Protesters line up outside claim center Updated: Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010, 6:20 PM CDT Published : Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010, 12:16 PM CDT * Matt Barrentine * Photojournalist: Franz Barraza FOLEY, Alabama (WALA) - PROTESTING THE CLAIMS PROCESS A few protestors in Foley are trying to build support for a large protest of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility this Friday. They say they deserve answers about their claims and they won’t continue to wait quietly. Tuesday morning, Tosh Peters was outside the Gulf Coast Claims Facility in Foley protesting. He said his marine construction business has been shut down since May and he can’t get any word on his claim. “We’ve done everything the claims center asked, we’ve filed every paper they’ve asked,” Peters said. “We’re 60 days today, waiting to get an answer.” READ MORE: http://www.fox10tv.com/dpp/news/gulf_oil_spill/protesters-line-up-outside-claim-center
This is not new news. I have been speaking on this for months, that this was a military operation approved of by the highest levels of government. The military cannot do anything without orders from higher up. I am a ...veteran of Air Force Intelligence Operations and have some knowledge on this.When I made those statements months ago, people called me a whack job, bat shit crazy, etc. Or completely refused to believe it even though I published pictures of the stacked canisters of Corexit and C-130's from Stennis Air Space Center in MS right on my blog here at http://hoodoooed.blogspot.com/. And a date the pics were taken. If military aircraft, boats, etc., are being used, it then becomes sanctioned by the military. If it is a military op, the orders come from on high.
My article MORE ON THE OIL GUSH (Google it, but also on http://hoodooed.blogspot.com), mentioned that our government had to be held accountable. I wrote the article on May 2nd, the day Obama visited the Gulf Region. And while everyone was hating on BP, and I kept reiterating that it was our government's tie to the corporations that was the source of the crime scene in the Gulf.
Since when does the military guard and protect the corporations and not US, WE THE PEOPLE? This is a crime AGAINST the people.
This has been a depopulation program from the get go.
I feel like Cassandra who prophesied about the fall of Troy, but the citizens and she were under a spell, so they all thought she was crazy...
Monday, October 25, 2010
Strangelets, Black Holes and the GOD Particle
By Dr. Tom TermottoThe Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator that straddles the border of France and Switzerland, is quite busy lately playing with the most basic ingredients of the universe. Much of humanity is completely oblivious to what is taking place there, even though the elemental forces of creation are being manipulated as never before. Perhaps it’s time to take a closer look at some of the more profound questions surrounding this type of scientific research. For the uninitiated, a more thorough description of the LHC with many informative links has been provided below.
“The LHC lies in a tunnel 27 kilometres (17 mi) in circumference, as much as 175 metres (574 ft) beneath the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland. This synchrotron is designed to collide opposing particle beams of either protons at an energy of 7 teraelectronvolts (1.12 microjoules) per particle, of lead nuclei at an energy of 574 TeV (92.0 µJ) per nucleus. The term hadron refers to particles composed of quarks.
The Large Hadron Collider was built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) with the intention of testing various predictions of high-energy physics, including the existence of the hypothesized Higgs boson and of the large family of new particles predicted by supersymmetry. It is funded by and built in collaboration with over 10,000 scientists and engineers from over 100 countries as well as hundreds of universities and laboratories.
On 10 September 2008, the proton beams were successfully circulated in the main ring of the LHC for the first time, but 9 days later operations were halted due to a serious fault. On 20 November 2009 they were successfully circulated again, with the first proton–proton collisions being recorded 3 days later at the injection energy of 450 GeV per beam. After the 2009 winter shutdown, the LHC was restarted and the beam was ramped up to 3.5 TeV per beam, half its designed energy.. On 30 March 2010, the first planned collisions took place between two 3.5 TeV beams, which set a new world record for the highest-energy man-made particle collisions. ” (Per Wikipedia)
Don’t forget to locate the worker at the bottom-center to gain perspective.
Should CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) be conducting research, which purportedly can produce black holes and other “serious” phenomena, that can have awesome, unintended consequences for the entire planet? We’re talking unforeseen, far-reaching ramifications that cannot even be conjectured … for the whole of civilization, mind you.
The link that follows furnishes us with a short description of what goes on within the workings of this Large Hadron Collider: (WARNING: Not for the fainthearted)
In the wake of the BP Gulf Oil Spill, many of us now know things that we were not aware of before the 20th of April. That applied science and applied petroleum engineering do not always keep up with the necessities and demands of the experiment or test or whatever it is that the scientists are subjecting to extraordinary scrutiny in their laboratories. In the case of the Gulf of Mexico, of course, the state of the art expertise and equipment, technology and methodology fell far short of capping an out of control oil well, as well as containing the spilt oil.
Does the vast majority of residents on planet Earth really want to allow a rich and powerful few to indulge themselves at the risk of unknown planetary consequences?
Should we be concerned about such license being arrogated unto itself by CERN in the name of scientific inquiry? Do these scientists really understand the unknown potential for inconceivable collateral damage, should these experiments go awry? Can there be unseen and unfelt toxic side effects produced in this type of particle physics research laboratory that can escape from the immediate environment and affect the surrounding French and Swiss villages and countryside? Do they really understand the implications of their unprecedented actions, should something occur in addition to the appearance of a strangelet(s)? Or a black hole?! Or the most elusive and sublime God particle? (1)
Artist’s depiction of a black hole with a clearly demarcated event horizon
We ask these questions because very few seem to be curious about any potential repercussions. Of course, the more serious question is what will be CERN’s response if unexpected contingencies arise that cannot be addressed appropriately in real time. Just as the equipment, technology and engineering of the Oil & Gas Industry had not been proportionately upgraded to respond to the challenges of the BP Gulf Oil Spill, the particle physics and nuclear research industry may find itself in a similar predicament, only with far greater consequences for humankind?
Perhaps it’s time to pause and ask, “Why?” Why does our civilization continue down this path of analyzing, and fracturing, and taking apart, and splitting, and dissecting, etc. until there is nothing left on the laboratory table but …. ?
A very prescient fellow once commented that all of these experiments ultimately had at least one or two very specific goals in mind for those who are actually behind them, and who pull the levers of power and money to guarantee their funding :
I. Their first goal is to play God. And to “play” with everything in God’s Creation.
II. Their second goal is to be God. And, especially to attain divine immortality.
He further commented that some at the very top of the pyramid really do want to live forever in the flesh without fear of ever dying. And that their inordinate fear of death arose from the way they chose to live their lives.
He goes on to say that these misguided ones fail to understand some of the most basic laws of the universe:
#1 Everything that is created (that would be the entire created universe) will undergo dissolution/destruction right down to the smallest particles and energies.
#2 All living creatures and organisms will likewise undergo their own unique life cycle, which will always end in the death of the physical organism.
#3 Even the cosmos itself undergoes a cycle of creation, maintenance and dissolution followed by a period known as the void, which is completely devoid of physical manifestation.
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Conclusive evidence that BP capped the wrong well, and by grouting the faults, they are spreading the oil far and wide.
Mother Nature’s SOS distress signals from a Haunting Well.
Monday, October 25, 2010
(dedicated to those at ATS who worked hard to keep the BP-live discussion on ROV thread alive especially StealthyKat , Ektar and Kno22 who sourced the ROV videos).
(Reuters) – By Kristen Hays HOUSTON | Sun Sep 19, 2010 3:58pm EDT
With a final shot of cement, BP Plc permanently “killed” its deep-sea well in the Gulf of Mexico that ruptured in April and unleashed the worst oil spill in U.S. history, the top U.S. spill official said on Sunday.
Some 153 days after the Macondo well ruptured, the U.S. government confirmed that BP had succeeded in drilling a relief well nearly 18,000 feet below the ocean surface and permanently sealing the well with cement.
“The Macondo 252 well is effectively dead,” retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, who has overseen the U.S. government’s response, said in a statement. “We can now state, definitively, that the Macondo well poses no continuing threat to the Gulf of Mexico.”
President Barack Obama, whose public approval ratings were hurt by public discontent over the U.S. government’s initial response to the spill, welcomed the long-awaited development as an “important milestone.”
Sunday, October 24, 2010
The new BP/Coast Guard Lexicon: “Oil Sheen” is now “Fish Oil” & Foamy rust-colored “Oil Mousse” now “Algae”
Dahr Jamail for Truthout, September 13th, 2010:
[BP Vessel Of Opportunity (VOO) worker Shirley Tillman's] log from August 1 describes, in detail, an incident of the Coast Guard… deny[ing] what they found was even oil:
“Around 2:00 p.m., we started noticing a lot of oil sheen. We were North of the East end of Cat Island, but South of the Inter Coastal channel. There was, as usual, a Coast Guard on one of the boats in our team. He called in to report it, but we were told not to drop the boom, it was just ‘Fish Oil.’ In the beginning of the clean-up operation, if something was floating on the water and it looked like oil, it was oil or oil sheen. Later they would sometimes say it was just ‘Fish Oil.’ Also, if it was heavy foam with a brown or rust color, originally it was ‘Oil Mousse.’ Later it was called ‘Algae.’ We were then told to head Northwest. The further we went, the worse the ‘Fish Oil’ got. Then, the foam was mixed in with the oil. It was at least the size of a football field, around our boat alone.
Read the report here.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Current – Gas Oil plume next to Well A
The pictures from the air tell a different story from the hollow victory speech given on 15 Sept 2010 that the “dragon from the deep” had been slain. It reminds us of the typical folklore fairy tale where the Pretender-Hero claimed to have slain the dragon terrorizing the kingdom in order to claim the throne and marry the princess. But like all lies, the truth will come back to roost one day, sooner or later.
~~~quote from Florida Oil Spill law~~~
It’s Back: “Orange oil” for miles, “a signature image of the spill” returns — BP, Coast Guard not responding say captains (PHOTOS) – OCTOBER 23, 2010 at 08:21 Am.
Massive stretches of weathered oil spotted in Gulf of Mexico, The Times-Picayune, October 22, 2010 at 11:30 p.m. EDT:
… Louisiana fishers Friday found miles-long strings of weathered oil floating toward fragile marshes on the Mississippi River delta. …
Boat captains working the BP clean-up effort said they have been reporting large areas of surface oil off the delta for more than a week but have seen little response from BP or the Coast Guard…
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