GULF OIL DISASTER

Jul 17 06:30

Oil coming from sea floor near BP well?

Jul 17 06:29

More oil seepage frm the ocean floor around the BP well head?

Jul 17 06:24

FLASHBACK - Gulf seafloor crack leak in slow motion shows oil coming from crack

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These was leakage from the sea floor back in June.

Jul 17 06:17

What is going on, here? More oil coming up through the sea floor?

Jul 16 23:41

Is oil leaking from the sea floor around the BP well?

Jul 16 21:14

Oil Dispersants have made Giant "super skimmer" useless

Giant "super skimmer" no help with Gulf oil spill
Reuters
2 hrs 22 mins ago
The company defended the performance of its vessel and said the large quantity of dispersants poured into the water near the source of the spill made skimming difficult.
"The particular conditions present in the Macondo spill did not afford the vessel the opportunity to recover a significant amount of oil," said a statement by Bob Grantham, spokesman for TMT Offshore.
"This is due to the highly dispersed nature of the oil in the Gulf. When dispersants are used in high volume, virtually from the point that oil leaves the well, it presents real challenges for high-volume skimming," Grantham said.

Jul 16 15:05

BP Paying Off Universities, Gulf Scientists To Silence Them

BP Paying Off Universities And Gulf Scientists In Mass To Hide Oil Spill Research Data From The Public
Posted by Alexander Higgins - July 16, 2010 at 3:28 pm
Perhaps even more startling is the scientists that BP isn’t paying off to keep quiet the Federal Government is.
A scientist who spoke to the Press-Register on condition of anonymity because he feared harming relationships with colleagues and government officials said he rejected a BP contract offer and was subsequently approached by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with a research grant offer. ...Other scientists told the newspaper that colleagues who signed on with BP have since been informed by federal officials that they will lose government funding for ongoing research efforts unrelated to the spill.

Jul 16 14:41

Feds: Test results from well not as good as hoped

Allen said there are two possible reasons being debated by scientists on the project for why the pressure hasn't risen as high as desired: The reservoir that is the source of the oil could be depleting after a three-month spill, or there could be an undiscovered leak somewhere down in the well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Allen may be an admiral but it is clear he is no geologist. Oil reservoirs the size of Mount Everest do not deplete in just 3 months. Allen is trying to put a positive spin on the failure of the test by saying "the news is generally good", even though clearly, it is not.

Jul 16 14:34

Pressure Test Failing, Stopping Short of Target

As CBS News notes:

The federal pointman for the BP oil spill says results are short of ideal in the new cap but the oil will stay shut in for another 6 hours at least.

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said on a Friday afternoon conference that pressure readings from the cap have not reached the level that would show there are no other leaks in the well.

Jul 16 12:13

BP Gulf Oil Spill Well Integrity Test Failing

BP Gulf Oil Spill Well Integrity Test Failing, 24 Hours Into Test Pressure Remains At 6,700 PSI
Posted by Alexander Higgins - July 16, 2010 at 10:00 am
As I reported yesterday an insider in the BP control room leaked to the Washington Post that the pressure inside BP’s blowout preventer had only risen to about 6700 psi.
He said that indicated that the well casing could be blown down hole although yesterday he cautioned that we needed to wait for about 24 hours to make that determination.
Fast forward to now and we are almost 24 hours into the test.
Apparently Kent Wells from BP isn’t aware that the pressure reading was leaked to the Washington Post yesterday because he just tweeted that the pressure inside the well is around 6,700 and still rising.

Jul 16 11:58

Welcome to Hell: An open letter to Mr. Clint Guidry of South Louisiana

Welcome to Hell: An open letter to Mr. Clint Guidry of South Louisiana
By Pubali Ray Chaudhuri
Jul 15, 2010, 00:22
This letter is sent as a wake-up call to all the Americans who are now feeling -- and rightfully so -- shafted by a system that has already cut large swaths of devastation in the world outside the U.S. (Yes, contrary to what many Americans think, there is a world outside the U.S.)... We are surprised, for instance, that hell should have come to South Louisiana. We understand when other nations struggle with high unemployment, food riots, chronic poverty, appalling rates of child malnutrition. That’s them. Those poor, benighted, backward nations. (Underneath is the unspoken assumption: it’s their own damn fault for not managing their affairs better).

Jul 16 10:48

Both Relief Well Blowout Preventers FAIL; Shear ram would not close, other testing problems

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a memorandum that problems were identified “in recent weeks” with blowout preventers on BP Plc’s relief wells…

In a 29-page memo to Michael Bromwich, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) dated Monday, Salazar said “performance problems” with the blowout preventers were found…

Salazar said in the memo that the discovery provided “more evidence that prior testing requirements were inadequate.” …

Transocean spokesman Guy Cantwell said in an email that the issues with the blowout preventers for the relief wells were now resolved. …

Jul 16 10:38

Rep. Markey says Congress unable to “PUBLICLY disclose” integrity of wellbore

"And, again, I wrote back there on June 23, so that we could publicly disclose what the integrity of the wellbore is, we could publicly disclose what the integrity of the geology around the wellbore, so that we could better understand. …"

Markey all but confirms that the government has knowledge of the condition of the wellbore, but is not permitted to release the information publicly.

Markey’s wrote the June 23 letter to pressure BP to publicly disclose the problems with the wellbore. This would have allowed the information to be released without Markey doing it directly.

However, the questions raised in his letter serves to inform the public about what Congress does know about the condition of the well, without directly stating the information as fact.

Jul 16 09:09

BP caps leaking well, but industry experts say it may not be a permanent fix

BP is now conducting integrity tests for up to 48 hours in order to determine whether or not there are additional leaks in the well bore deep beneath the seabed or in other areas of the ocean floor.

As early as May 31, after the top kill procedure failed, a BP official admitted to the Washington Post that "We discovered things that were broken in the sub-surface." He said that mud was making it "out to the side, into the formation." The official said he could not describe what was damaged in the well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This "capping" does not make any sense at all.

Adding this information to that below, we have breaks or weak spots in the well at 1000 feet, 7000 feet, and 190000 feet below the ocean floor. BP has already admitted there is a leak because that is where the drilling mud went durng the failed Top Kill operation.

So how can we be seeing building pressure in a well pipe BP has already admitted has at least one major hole in it?

None of this "Capping" is making any sense at all.

Jul 16 08:23

Psychopaths in the Gulf

We have not learned what to do about the world's psychopaths so we will see our civilization ripped asunder. Psychopaths and sociopaths have little choice but to hurt others as well as the environment because it is in their very nature to do so. These vicious individuals and the institutions they manage are at war with the peoples of the world and there is little defense against them. The very nature of our civilization encourages these people to seek the pinnacles of power and they certainly found just that inside the oil companies.

Jul 16 08:21

FLASHBACK - Sen. Bill Nelson: Reports of oil seeping up from seabed, well casing may be pierced.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At 2:30

Jul 16 08:18

FLASHBACK - BP Official Admits Damage To Gulf Oil ‘Well Casing’ Below Seabed

On June 7th, Senator Bill Nelson told MSNBC that he’s investigating reports of oil seeping up from additional leak points on the seafloor: Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL): Andrea we’re looking into something new right now, that there’s reports of oil that’s seeping up from the seabed… which would indicate, if that’s true, that the well casing itself is actually pierced… underneath the seabed. So, you know, the problems could be just enormous with what we’re facing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Capping that pipe may make BP look good right now and help Obama put the Gulf Disaster behind him ahead of the November Elections, but they may be setting the gulf up for an even worse disaster by creating a huge pressurized pool of oil only 1000 feet below the sea floor.

One more thing. By capping the well at the top, the pressure inside the bore is increasing, up to the 8000 PSI being touted as a sign of success. That means that the two relief wells are going to be drilling into much greater pressure and will have to overcome that increased pressure in order to pump in the drilling mud and cement. The likelihood of success for the relief wells is decreased by this capping procedure.

None of this "Capping" is making any sense at all.

Jul 16 05:13

[Pic] I'm with stupid

Jul 15 14:32

WE ALREADY KNEW LAST MAY THERE IS A BREECH IN THE WELL CASING BELOW THE SURFACE

Sources at two companies involved with the well said that BP also discovered new damage inside the well below the seafloor and that, as a result, some of the drilling mud that was successfully forced into the well was going off to the side into rock formations.

"We discovered things that were broken in the sub-surface," said a BP official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. He said that mud was making it "out to the side, into the formation."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, there is no way this cap is stopping the flow of oil. It may not be coming out where the cameras are, which is great for BP and Obama, but if the drilling mud was leaking out to the side, then so too is the oil. A subsurface blowout is forming 1000 feet down under the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. Sooner or later the accumulating oil bubble will blow through the ocean floor in a massive spill event. Maybe Obama is hoping it won't happen until November 5th.

Jul 15 14:11

BP Has Stopped the Oil From Flowing ... But Is It Only Temporary?

However, numerous industry experts have warned that there is no upside to temporarily capping the well as part of the well integrity test, and that it might actually cause the well to blw out.

Admiral Thad Allen previously said that the test will be considered a success if pressure in the well stays at 8,000 psi or higher for 48 hours. So we won't know for a couple of days whether the test has succeeded.

Jul 15 14:11

Chemical Dispersants and Crude Oil - Efficacy and Toxicity

One of the striking controversies about the massive BP Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout has been alarm raised about chemical dispersants used to hold spilled crude oil deep in the Gulf of Mexico. Prospects for oil’s direct harm to the environment, the economy, and coastal society were immediately obvious. But why were people so concerned that dispersing the oil was bad—worse than allowing it to come onshore? Is this just a case of “out of sight, out of mind” to benefit the oil company, or are there larger benefits that reduce the harms to other interests?

Jul 15 13:26

Visit StopTheSpraying.org

Jul 15 12:32

Expert suspects BP has ulterior motive behind oil well cap

Cavnar believes that BP's true goal is to make it harder to measure the flow of oil from the damaged well, because under the Clean Water Act, it will be liable for civil penalties of up to $4300 for every barrel spilled.

"While they have every incentive to get the well killed, BP also has every incentive to not capture 100% of the well flow until they do," Cavnar wrote last week at Huffington Post. "As soon as they do capture all the flow, then a real, measurable number will be in front of the public, and that's the last thing BP wants, since that number will then be used to extrapolate environmental damage, hence per barrel fines that will likely run to the tens of billions anyway."

Jul 15 11:30

Oil hits Louisiana's largest seabird nesting area

Biologists say oil has smeared at least 300-400 pelicans and bunchopelshundreds of terns in the largest seabird nesting area along the Louisiana coast — marking a sharp and sudden escalation in wildlife harmed by BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The finding underscores that official tallies of birds impacted by the spill could be significantly underestimating the scope of damage.

Jul 15 06:58

Goldman, BP sued over alleged SemGroup conspiracy

More than 80 independent oil and gas producers have sued units of Goldman Sachs Group Inc and BP Plc, alleging they conspired with SemGroup LP to defraud the plaintiffs of money owed for oil and gas delivered prior to the energy trader's 2008 bankruptcy.

Jul 15 06:53

NOAA Hoarding Key Data On Oil Spill Damage

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is hoarding vast amounts of raw data that independent marine researchers say could help both the public and scientists better understand the extent of the damage being caused by the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

In most cases, NOAA insists on putting the data through a ponderous, many-weeks-long vetting process before making it public.

In other cases, NOAA actually intended to keep the data secret indefinitely. But officials told the Huffington Post on Tuesday that they have now decided to release it -- though when remains unclear.

BP, incidentally, gets to see all this data right away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (absence of) surprise here, particularly when this data is election-year kryptonite for the Obama administration, which had well over a year to get the MMS sorted out.

Jul 14 22:20

BP Fixing New Cap Leak as It Prepares to Start Gulf Well Test

BP Plc said it will begin a pressure test of its gushing Gulf of Mexico well after fixing a leak that erupted while it was shutting off oil flow with a new containment cap.

The leak was detected in a “choke line” leading from the stack of valves that makes up the cap installed July 12 on the Macondo well, BP said in a statement yesterday. BP said the leak had been “isolated” and was being repaired.

Jul 14 17:04

BP And Feds Stonewalling Congress About Well Bore Integrity, Sea Floor Leaks

BP And Feds Stonewalling Congress About Well Bore Integrity And BP Gulf Oil Spill Sea Floor Leaks
Contributed by Alexander Higgins (Reporter)
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 02:50
Experts are still warning that blown well casing and lack of well bore integrity could cause a massive underground blowout like the one that occurred during the IXTOC disaster.
Such an underground blowout or the existence of large leaks in the sea floor may even prevent the relief wells from working altogether.
That would mean that BP may never be able to stop the leaking well.

Jul 14 16:33

The Well Integrity Test Is Failing

Jul 14 15:05

Dispersants “more than the amount of oil spilled in any single accident prior to the BP disaster”

Reddy said he is also concerned about the total amount of dispersants used, which is unprecedented. He noted that 1 million barrels [42 million gallons] of dispersants have been applied to the Gulf of Mexico to fight this spill, more than the amount of oil spilled in any single accident prior to the BP disaster

Jul 14 11:25

New Satellite Images of Gulf: Oil reaches Mexico’s Yucutan, near Cancun (PHOTOS)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now it is an international crisis.

Jul 14 10:35

Government Stops Oil Well Integrity Test; Relief Well Drilling Temporarily Stopped

If BP and the government had been forthcoming about the oil spill, we wouldn't have to guess about what's going on, and we wouldn't worry that something bad is happening behind the scenes.

Jul 14 10:03

Is the CNN video of the BP oil cap real?

The sudden decision of BP to cap the well after telling us that nothing could be done until the relief wells were completed in August came as a surprise to me. Supposedly, there was no technology to cap a leak at this psi.

BP shares rose 9 percent with the news of the cap and their possible sale of assets in Alaska.

Jul 14 09:51

MSNBC: RELIEF WELLS SUSPENDED, not just the cap test; "Raises a lot of questions"

Jul 14 09:44

BP Oil Spill: Containment Cap to Be Tested, Environmental Devastation Spreads

As BP begins to test the new cap that the company hopes will finally contain its gushing leak in the Gulf of Mexico, crude oil continued to roll into sensitive coastal areas today, an assault on the environment that will last long after the leak is finally under control.

Jul 14 09:44

'Oil recovery and cleanup will extend to the autumn'

BP and the US national incident commander say there are no guarantees that they can cap the leaking wellhead, urging patience from Gulf residents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: The cap doesn't look like it will work after all.

Jul 14 08:59

Michelle Antoinette's oil spill dress?

"Let them eat oil!"

Jul 14 08:54

BP Testing Delayed on Gulf Oil Fix

Engineers spent hours on a seismic survey, creating a map of the rock under the sea floor to spot potential dangers, like gas pockets. It also provides a baseline to compare with later surveys during and after the test to see if the pressure on the well is causing underground problems.

An unstable area around the wellbore could create bigger problems if the leak continued elsewhere in the well after the cap valves were shut, experts said.

It was unclear whether there was something in the results of the mapping that prompted officials to delay. Earlier, BP Vice President Kent Wells said he hadn't heard what the results were, but he felt "comfortable that they were good."

Jul 14 08:44

Toxic Dispersants Near Gulf Harm Humans and Wildlife

"Just days ago Barataria Bay was full of oil," Tracy informs while sweeping an arm out towards the south, where the large Bay sits, toxified, "Then they hit it with dispersants and the oil goes to the bottom. But then during the day, it heats up and the oil bubbles up to the surface."

Tracy, like many other shrimpers I will soon speak with, refers to this effect as that similar to a "Lava lamp."

"The oil, after they hit it with dispersants, moves around beneath the surface and they can’t track it," she continues, "They are using dispersants so they can minimize their liability."

Jul 14 08:42

BLACK WAVE MOVING TOWARD EAST COAST

We've seen this black wave before ~ except it was the Exxon Valdez disaster. The time March 24,1989 and the scene was Prince William Sound, Alaska. A spill that effected the whole Gulf of Alaska, a clean up that lasted three years with over 6500 workers filing upper respiratory medical claims. In 1994, it went to a class action trial and Exxon stonewalled it to the end.

Jul 14 06:34

Government Experts reveal 420 MILLION to 840 MILLION gallons of BP oil have flowed into Gulf

Using the 1 million barrels of dispersant means that, at a ratio of 1:10, there has been 10 million barrels of oil released in to the Gulf of Mexico since late April.

At the 1:20 ratio, there would be 20 million barrels of oil released.

Jul 14 06:19

Is the New Oil Cap Succeeding or Failing?

Oil industry expert Rob Cavner - who previously explained that there is damage in the oil well beneath the seafloor, and that BP has to let the oil spill keep on gushing to avoid further damage to the well bore until the well can be killed with relief wells (subsequently confirmed by BP) - says that he is worried that the well integrity test could further damage the well bore and could blow out the entire well:

Jul 14 06:11

Review: Sound Truth & Corporate Myth$ by Riki Ott

Written with as much feeling as rigor and investigative enterprise, these books are required reading for anyone affected by either Valdez or the current Gulf spill. I reviewed the more recent of the two, Not One Drop (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2008), last year for Energy Bulletin. Here I review the earlier but equally important Sound Truth, a pioneering piece of scholarship that forces us to rethink our notions about how toxic oil and the chemicals used to clean it up really are.

Oil is much more toxic than scientists used to think—that is Ott's consistent refrain throughout the book. According to the old understanding of oil toxicity, impacts from oil spills should be entirely short-term. Since for the most part oil is non-water-soluble, scientists reasoned that it must not be that harmful to aquatic life and that whatever harm it does cause happens early on as the oil is shedding its highly volatile compounds. Thus, the old thinking goes, any oil that doesn't weather away completely after a certain amount of time is harmless, even if it remains visible in the environment for years after a spill. But studies done in the years since Valdez have shown these notions to be sadly mistaken. Oil actually becomes more, not less, harmful the longer it remains in the environment, because the weathering process exposes increasingly toxic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)—which Ott says "may well be the DDT of the 21st century."

Jul 13 20:09

Key BP Oil Well Test Delayed - US Official

The start of BP PLC's (BP) crucial integrity test of the leaking Gulf of Mexico oil well has been delayed until at least Wednesday, the U.S. official leading the disaster response said.

Adm. Thad Allen, the former U.S. Coast Guard chief, said he had taken the decision to delay the test after meetings with Energy Secretary Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, and other top experts.

Jul 13 18:24

Oil-Stopping Island Crumbles Into the Gulf: Big Pics

More photographic evidence surfaced today that an artificial island being built to stop the Gulf oil spill from reaching the Louisiana coast is nearly under water.

Jul 13 15:05

After Oil Spill, Gulf States Want Obama Vacation

After Oil Spill, Gulf States Want Obama Vacation
By Paul Bedard
Posted July 13, 2010 10:50 AM ET
Now 15 years later, President Obama is getting some similar vacation advice intended to bolster his image, especially with those upset with his administration's handling of the Gulf oil spill cleanup. On one hand, Gulf tourism officials think he should visit the area to help show it's still a good vacation spot while on the other hand the public wants him there to do some public service.See photos of the Gulf oil spill. http://politics.usnews.com/news/energy/photos/gulf-coast-oil-spill

Jul 13 14:53

Security contractor: BP fired me for taking photos of dispersants

A security contractor who was once responsible for keeping reporters away from cleanup workers is now coming forward to blow the whistle on BP.

Adam Dillon claims he was fired by the oil company after he took pictures showing how dispersants were being used in the Gulf.

Jul 13 14:52

Oil Expert: “Real concerned about shut-in integrity test” by BP “because of the down hole damage” that “could cause it to blowout”

Oil and gas industry expert Bob Cavnar:

I’m real concerned about this shut in integrity test they’re going to plan in the morning, because of the down hole damage that we’ve talked about for the last several weeks, plus there are some components in that blowout preventer stack, the flex joint below this new assembly that doesn’t rate the pressure I’m worried about it’s going to take to shut it in. …

Jul 13 13:54

Psychopaths in the Gulf

"There is an enemy that lurks, a dangerous group of
people that want to do harm to the American people." - George Bush

Jul 13 11:40

BP Committing Ecocide on Islands in Gulf

BP has hired an army of contractors and sub-contractors who are spending plenty of "flash money" to assuage some local businesses. However, WMR noticed while driving to Louisiana a large number of seafood distributors and restaurants that were shuttered.

Those hired by BP to clean up beaches and waters are not permitted to wear respirators and many are becoming sick, even coughing up blood. This editor, while driving to Venice, began to experience burning and watering eyes, a condition that lasted hours after returning to the west bank of New Orleans.

Jul 13 09:34

Commander: “Could make the case that there’s some structural integrity issues with the casing of the wellbore”

Press Conference, National Incident Commander Thad Allen, July 13, 2010:

Nearly all questions at National Incident Commander Thad Allen’s press conference today concerned the structural integrity of the well and the possibility of seepage into the seabed or a blowout.

Commander: “One could make the case that there’s some structural integrity issues with the casing of the wellbore itself.”

Jul 13 08:15

BP claims ‘Top Hat 10? could completely stop oil gusher

Hours after BP fitted a new containment cap to a damaged well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, the gushing oil and gas appeared to completely stop, according to images relayed from a live video from the sea floor. Oil was once again jetting from the well a moment later as the company continued testing pressure seals on the "Top Hat 10" cap.

BP representatives said it would take between six and 48 hours to determine if the new well cap will work. The company has said the cap could effectively contain the massive spill, which has only been growing since the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform exploded and sank on April 22

Jul 13 05:00

Legacy of the Exxon-Valdez-What to Expect in Gulf of Mexico

Teaser of Black Wave, a documentary about the Exxon Valdez tragedy. Check out the official website: http://www.blackwavethefilm.com .
In the early hours of March 24th 1989 the Exxon Valdez oil supertanker runs aground in Alaska. It discharges millions of gallons of crude oil. The incident becomes the biggest environmental catastrophe in North American history.

Jul 12 22:08

Hell Has Come to South Louisiana

“We were primed for a great season,” Guidry says, “And it all got taken away.”

Jul 12 21:49

Breaking News: Due to Public Outcry, Coast Guard Rescinds Ban of Reporters and Photographers from Oil Spill

Webmaster's Commentary: 

See? Getting pissed off at the bastards is a good thing!

Jul 12 21:45

First Lady Encourages Americans to Vacation on Gulf – But Obamas Head to Maine Instead

The Obama family will be taking a mini-vacation of their own this weekend, but instead of going to the Gulf Coast they are traveling to Maine’s Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia National Park.

Jul 12 14:58

BP 'to divest all North Sea assets' in dramatic attempt to reduce its costs

Embattled BP is to cut costs by $14bn (£9.5bn) in six months as part of a radical plan to sustain profitability in the wake of the explosion at its Deepwater Horizon oil rig that has led to the worst spill in US history.

Jul 12 11:31

BP Whistleblower: 'What This Company Is Doing To This Country Right Now Is Just Wrong'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember that all that BP has done to the United States was done with the permission of the US Federal Government. The MMS, which is supposed to keep an eye on the oil corporations in this country, was known to suffer from rampant corruption and incompetence when Obama took office. Obama had 400 days to get the Federal Agencies like MMS (and SEC) back to doing their jobs. Instead, we learned that MMS had come to believe they worked for the oil companies rather than for the American people, and in the months before the Deepwater Horizon explosion, occupied themselves with internet porn, drugs, and hookers provided by the very oil companies they were supposed to be keeping an eye on.

Yes, BP deserves everything it gets, but it should not stand alone on the gallows.

Jul 12 11:11

BP's paid less than half of claims

Since the Deepwater Horizon well exploded April 20, BP has paid fewer than half of the claims filed in six states, including Mississippi.

Jul 12 10:08

Former Contractor: BP Not Interested In Cleaning Up Oil Spill

As we have highlighted, as one of the founding members of the cap and trade lobby, BP stands to reap a financial bounty if the Obama administration succeeds in exploiting the worsening oil spill crisis to push through a carbon tax.

Jul 12 10:03

From a fishing village, to an Oil Town: Hell Has Come to South Louisiana

“Kill the Ocean, Save the Beaches,” a “Trade-Off” decision. Under what logic does this work? The Gulf is the Mother and the Estuaries are the nurseries. If the Mother dies, there will be no children to incubate.

The reality is the oil and chemical dispersants are entering our estuaries as we speak. The “Trade-Off” logic FAILED.

As I stated, I represent commercial shrimp fishermen. I have members, friends and family presently working to contain and clean-up the spill. They are relating to me BP’s total disregard for providing workers with proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A corporation has no conscience.

This is why, when it comes to any oil drilling, the regulations and best professional practices must be observed by the corporations, and documented, by the regulatory agencies which oversee these industries.

Both BP and the US government failed catastrophically in these regards, and the people of the Gulf Coast are paying - and will continue to pay, some even with their very lives - for that failure.

Jul 12 09:41

A Day in the Life Of Oil Spill Clean-Up Volunteer Barrett Johnson

If oil is being picked up or messed with, the individuals on the boat are required to wear a full body, hazwoper suit. The suit is to be duct-taped around the gloves and shoes to make sure that no oil comes in contact with your skin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A Hazwoper suit; what the oil cleanup people have to wear when there are no cameras around.

Jul 12 09:12

Discovery of second pipe in Deepwater Horizon riser stirs debate among experts

While Allen said he believes the second pipe fell from above, some experts have advanced another explanation. They believe poorly cemented casings -- tubes that are supposed to form solid walls down thousands of feet of the well bore -- may have been dislodged by the blast of natural gas that shot up out of the well and above the sea floor.

If that's what happened, the piece of pipe would have gone into the blowout preventer, the 450-ton tower of valves and pistons that sits on top of the well head and is supposed to shut off the well in an emergency. The Deepwater Horizon's blowout preventer failed to cut through the pipe that ran through it, and subsequent efforts to shut the so-called shear rams using remote-control submarine robots also failed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This second drill pipe was being discussed here on the blogs more than a week ago, but was only officially acknowledged Friday.

Jul 12 07:33

If Explosives Are Used to Seal the Leaking Oil Gusher, Extreme Caution Should Be Used to Prevent Landslides

I have previously argued that "the odds that the release of methane from the leaking oil will cause a tidal wave or a firestorm are infinitesimally small."

I am sticking by that assessment.

But Reuters notes that the use of explosives to seal the oil gusher could cause a landslide:

“I think this situation has taught us from the start to have a backup,” retired U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the top official overseeing the spill response, told reporters this week. …

If both relief wells fail, Allen said BP has a plan to fabricate a new pipeline, place it on the seabed and hook it up to the leaking wellhead. …

Jul 12 07:03

BP Gulf Oil Gusher: Methane, Climate & Dead Zones

As much as one million times the normal level of methane is showing up near the Gulf of Mexico oil gusher, enough potentially to create dead zones in the water. "These are higher levels than we have ever seen at any other location in the ocean itself," according to sources cited by Reuters. The "flow team" of the US Geological Survey estimates that 2,900 cubic feet of natural gas, which primarily contains methane, is being released into the Gulf waters with every barrel of oil.

Jul 12 00:42

BP Gulf Oil Gusher: Methane, Climate & Dead Zones

As much as one million times the normal level of methane is showing up near the Gulf of Mexico oil gusher, enough potentially to create dead zones in the water. "These are higher levels than we have ever seen at any other location in the ocean itself," according to sources cited by Reuters. The "flow team" of the US Geological Survey estimates that 2,900 cubic feet of natural gas, which primarily contains methane, is being released into the Gulf waters with every barrel of oil.

Jul 11 17:17

BP to cut payments on 40,000 claims of individuals affected by oil spill, cites paperwork problems

As oil continues to spew into the Gulf, BP has said it will significantly cut payments on claims to those impacted by the disaster because of problems with their paperwork, the Associated Press reported

Jul 11 17:13

"I will not rest until that hole is plugged. Now watch this drive."

Obama thinks it's the Golf Disaster.

Jul 11 15:34

You Are Not Authorized to See These Pictures of the Oil Spill, Citizen ... Do Not Look!

Jul 11 13:16

Cracking Down on Fracking

Mike Markham of Colorado has an explosive problem: His tap water catches fire. Markham demonstrates this in a new documentary, “Gasland,” which just won the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize. Director Josh Fox films Markham as he runs his kitchen faucet, holding a cigarette lighter up to the running water. After a few seconds, a ball of fire erupts out of the sink, almost enveloping Markham’s head.

The source of the flammable water, and the subject of “Gasland,” is the mining process called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

Jul 11 12:24

Hundreds of Tar balls Assualt Windward Beach In Brick NJ

Hundreds of Tar balls Assualt Windward Beach In Brick NJ
Posted by Alexander Higgins - July 10, 2010
Then I thought to myself. “OK, they know these tar balls are washing up on the beach. They are all over the place. They are just cleaning them up and pretending like nothing is going. They are keeping quiet and not notifying the public.”
“I wonder what I will find along the beach where they are not cleaning up?”
I walked down to the beach to a secluded are of the shore line behind some woods.
I looked over and saw what looked like a tree stump sticking up out of the surf.
As I walked over to it I was amazed as I realized it wasn’t a tree stump.
What I had found was a monster tarball the size of my head.

Jul 11 08:55

The BP Gulf Oil Gusher Represents: An Historic Failure of Government And Industry, A Tragic Violation Of The Public Trust And Social Contract

We wonder out loud about whether it is now time to establish a Regional Citizens' Initiative (NGO that effectively functions as a parallel government) to step in where government and industry have completely failed and betrayed the people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And should such a parallel government be formed, would the US Federal Government step in to stop it, just as they are now trying to block Arizona from defending their own borders?

Jul 11 08:07

Photographer portrays swimmers in the oil spill region

Jul 11 02:23

BP's Oil Disaster Causing Tampa Bay Hotels To Lose Millions In Hotel Bookings

William Mulcahey thought he had found the perfect place for his May 2011 conference of airport firefighters: the Tradewinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach...

Jul 10 22:28

Oil/Water samples from Gulf...VERY TOXIC

Jul 10 20:21

USCG complicit in Alabama Gulf beach oil cover-up

Thursday, July 08, 2010
Another Flyover Report On BP's Gulf Oil Disaster By John Wathen... Videos
Dolphins and Sperm Whales caught in the oil. Horribly, horribly sad.
US Coast Guard issued a press release claiming that no covering of oiled beach was occurring. I sat in my motel room in Orange Beach and watched as multiple pieces of heavy equipment excavated sand and hauled it up the beach and used it to cover oiled sections of beach....USCG uniformed men sat in ATV buggies and watched. I saw them and photographed them.

Jul 10 18:54

Gulf photo collection indicates media now banned because the area is now completely engulfed in oil/dead animals

(Updated Regularly) Exclusive photos of the BP Oil Spill that is still leaking, world's largest environmental disaster to date
Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill pools against the Louisiana coast along Barataria Bay Tuesday, June 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) #
Oil is seen on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico about six miles southeast of Grand Isle, Louisiana May 21, 2010. (REUTERS/Sean Gardner)

Jul 10 14:43

Oil Leak Stopped By Monday, Tar Balls Not From BP-Nothing To See Here Folks...

It's the same response everywhere it seems, a la, "The tar balls at OUR beach aren't from BP, it's just coincidental"

Jul 10 13:58

BP's new cap. A ruse?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess I am not the only one who thinks this sudden well capping may not be what it appears to be!

Jul 10 13:45

Oil flows freely into Gulf after BP removes cap

Move is first step in placing a tighter dome over leak; if all goes according to plan, the gushing oil could be sealed as soon as Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hate to be such a cynic, but especially after Saddam's "nooks" I smell a huge rat here.

Take a look at the live cams right now, supposedly working on the uncapped well. (Warning, this link sometimes crashes Firefox).

Now, take a look at still framecaps from the well only a couple weeks ago when the cap was still in place.

The live cams, with the cap supposedly removed today, do not seem to show anywhere near as much oil coming out of the pipe.

How can we know we are in fact looking at the actual well head and not a staged recreation for propaganda purposes, especially with famed film maker James Cameron having been on scene for many weeks now.

Yes, this idea is a little out there, but decoys for military purposes are big business in the US; it is hardly a novelty to the government point of view.

Ask yourself if BP would fake a well capping to contain the bad publicity and save their stock price.

Ask yourself if Obama would fake a well capping to avoid having the disaster as an issue come November?

Second issue. We know from the failure of the first Top Kill procedure, as well as from the seepage coming from the ocean floor around the well head, that there has been a subsurface blowout about 1000 feet down where a piece of safety gear was damaged by the drilling process. BP calls it a malfunctioning disk.

So, there are at least two vents in the pipe system, one at the well head and another 1000 feet down. Capping the well head makes absolutely no sense at all other than a public relations stunt because the oil and methane will continue to escape from the subsurface blowout lower down. Indeed, the pressure and flow of the leakage into the formation will increase with the capping of the well head, hastening the moment then the subsurface blowout breaches the ocean floor and sends the accumulated oil and gas from the last 80 days to the surface in a single giant blowout.

If this is the real well head and not a fake created for public relations purposes, this is a dangerous and reckless thing to do for the sake of an election-saving headline.

Jul 10 13:07

The Amount Of Neurotoxin Pesticide Corexit Sprayed By BP Tops 1 Million Gallons

The Amount Of Neurotoxin Pesticide Corexit Sprayed By BP Tops 1 Million Gallons
Posted by Alexander Higgins - June 5, 2010
So What Are These Dispersants Made Of That Makes Them Such a Powerful Neurotoxin Pesticide?
The main ingredients of Corexit is 2-Butoxyethanol which can make up to 60% of the dispersant and is known to be toxic to blood, kidneys, liver, and the central nervous system (CNS).
2-Butoxyethanol is also known to cause cancer, birth defects and has been found to cause genetic mutations and is a delayed chronic health hazard as well as an environmental hazardous material
Corexit also contains Arsenic, Cadmium, Chromium, Mercury, and Cyanide.

Jul 10 11:15

Kramer cleaning his slicer

Jul 10 11:15

BP oil spill Corexit dispersants suspected in widespread crop damage

Jul 10 11:13

Leaked Corexit Information

NALCO COREXIT INGREDIENT LIST (Not written by a PR company)

1,2-Propanediol - The primary ingredient in aircraft anti-freeze and automotive anti-freeze. Used as the killing and preserving agent in pitfall traps, usually used to capture ground beetles. Mixing anti-freeze with heavy metals (iron, cobalt, copper, manganese, molybdenum, zinc, mercury, plutonium, lead, arsenic, aluminium, mercury, cadmium... see list of ingredients spewed by the volcanic oil gusher) makes it very toxic. Not recommended for your aquarium. Don't try going to a sushi restaurant, get salmon eggs, tobiko or uni and start soaking them in anti-freeze.

Ethanol, 2-butoxy-

Jul 10 10:47

Is it Almost Over? BP Will Try to Stop Oil Flow Next Week

In a dramatic turn of events, the Obama administration has given BP the go-ahead to remove the containment cap atop the runaway Deepwater Horizon oil well and replace it with a tighter fitting one in an attempt to stop all the oil now flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, perhaps as soon as the middle of next week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Two aspects to this story. First is the ludicrous play-acting by Obama that he has anything meaningful to contribute to this operation and second, if they are going for a cap replacement, it means they think the relief well operation is going to fail.

Jul 10 08:18

New BP Data Show 20% of Gulf Spill Responders Exposed to Chemical That Sickened Valdez Workers

In an under-the-radar release of new test results for its Gulf of Mexico oil spill workers, BP PLC is reporting potentially hazardous exposures to a now-discontinued dispersant chemical -- a substance blamed for contributing to chronic health problems after the Exxon Valdez cleanup -- among more than 20 percent of offshore responders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let me get this straight: isn't this the same company which refused to allow its cleanup workers to use respirators?

Jul 10 08:11

2400 Canadian Soldiers ready to be deployed to Gulf Coast

2400 Canadian Soldiers and the 1 Combat Engineer Regiment based in Edmonton Alberta are on a 72 Hour notice for deployment to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The Canadian Engineer Regiment is often associated with the British SAS and their role in recent conflicts such as Bosnia and Afghanistan has seen them doing less reconstruction work and more urban pacification and counter insurgency operations."

One has to wonder, considering their background, why it is Canadian troops rather than the US National Guard, who have been deployed to the Gulf.

Precisely why is it this unit that the US government has requested this particular Canadian unit here here?!?

Jul 10 06:35

Doomsday: How BP Gulf disaster may have triggered a 'world-killing' event

Ominous reports are leaking past the BP Gulf salvage operation news blackout that the disaster unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico may be about to reach biblical proportions.

251 million years ago a mammoth undersea methane bubble caused massive explosions, poisoned the atmosphere and destroyed more than 96 percent of all life on Earth. [1] Experts agree that what is known as the Permian extinction event was the greatest mass extinction event in the history of the world. [2]

Jul 09 17:18

Toxicologists: Corexit “Ruptures Red Blood Cells, Causes Internal Bleeding”, "Allows Crude Oil To Penetrate “Into The Cells” and “Every Organ System"

Now, two toxicologists are saying that Corexit is much more harmful to human health and marine life than we've been told.

Specifically Gulf toxicologist Dr. Susan Shaw - Founder and Director of the Marine Environmental Research Institute - dove into the oil spill to examine the chemicals present.

Jul 09 17:15

Canada may sue BP over oil spill

The Canadian government is considering a lawsuit against oil giant BP for environmental damage caused by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

P.E.I. fishermen were briefed about the potential move at a meeting with Department of Fisheries and Oceans officials Friday in Stanhope.

The meeting was called to plan for Canada's share of bluefin tuna stocks in the future, but fisheries scientists are also looking for signs of damage to North Atlantic tuna populations.

Jul 09 17:03

[Fishy smell!]Oyster harvesters got "surpise " BP damage-claim checks

Oysters await in oil-free bay as harvesters cash BP damage-claim checks
By Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel
9:55 p.m. EDT, June 23, 2010
APALACHICOLA — The capital of Florida's oyster industry has a history of surviving everything from drought to toxic algae, and it was bracing for an onslaught of crude oil when another sort of calamity struck that nobody saw coming: a flood of cash.
Emergency payments to local oyster harvesters by BP PLC, whose blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has slathered four states with crude, has triggered an abrupt drop-off this month in the time harvesters are spending on Apalachicola Bay. That, in turn, has left seafood dealers on shore with far fewer oysters to process and sell.

Jul 09 15:59

Corexit Being Sprayed From Coast Guard

Standard EPA tests for "toxicity" consider a product safe if nothing dies in 96 hours. The dispersant being used is only considered "safe" because it killed creatures two weeks later instead of in 4 days.

Jul 09 15:01

In the Panhandle, the 'Summer of Oil' seems endless

...If the wind is blowing in from the Gulf of Mexico, she said, "the oil smell is often very strong, too strong to be outside."

In ways big and small, the Deepwater Horizon disaster is reshaping the gulf coast. It's doing more than damaging the tourism and fishing industries; it's permeating the air people breathe and the way they think and feel, altering habits formed over a lifetime...

Jul 09 13:04

Big Corporate Oil vs The People of Santa Barbara (A Cautionary Tale)

PEOPLE OF THE GULF COAST:
STUDY THIS.

A detailed, thorough account by one Harvey Molotch of what happens when people who have everything in their favor take on Big Oil. Not to give it away, but how they are utterly screwed shows cleary how Big Oil operates. None of the usual extenuating factors (like lack of political organization, lack of familiarity with the system, lack of money, power, education or influence) exist to obscure the evil. Something wicked this way comes...

Excerpts and download links at source.

Jul 09 11:25

BP's Deepwater Horizon Disaster; Mitigating Annihilation

While BP has put forth great effort in securing tax benefits acquired from leasing rigs like the sunken Deepwater Horizon, it has also saved money by choosing not to pursue better cleanup methods and technologies. We live in a corporate world where profit is god. Profit rules. Showing a profit on the next quarterly earnings statement is everything. This is how a multi-billion dollar oil giant like BP (yes, we can include the others as well - Exxon/Mobile, ConocoPhillips, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron, Total S.A.) spends vast troughs of money on developing the latest oil exploration and drilling technologies. But when it comes to cleaning up their toxic mess when disaster strikes, every expense is spared.

Jul 09 11:20

Dick and Jane get Crucified on Corfu

The most important thing I can say today is that BP is majority owned by J.P. Morgan which is owned and controlled by the Rothschild Crime Syndicate and the Queen of England who just waddled into the U.S. with a message of peace. Let me contract and concise that statement; BP is Rothschild. BP is Rothschild. BP is Rothschild. Observe the way that BP is doing business; hiring entire police forces, controlling public lands and not even being a citizen or domestic corporate entity, insisting that cleanup workers not wear safety gear because it doesn’t look good and blackmailing fishermen as well as not paying out deserving monies on time… this serves to make hungry families subservient and pliable. This is how Rothschild does business. This is what Rothschild thinks of the world.

Jul 09 10:13

Residents outraged: BP dumping oily waste in Gulf landfills

The Gulf area may have to live with oil long after the beaches have been cleaned. Some residents are outraged that BP has been dumping oily waste in landfills in their areas.

After BP crews scoop up the oil off Gulf beaches, the waste is transported to Mississippi's Pecan Grove landfill. Even workers' protective suits, gloves, shovels, rakes and anything else that touches oil is buried there.

The Board of Supervisors in Harrison, Mississippi passed a resolution saying they don't want any BP waste in their community but there is little they can do. BP has cut deals with Waste Management, the owners of the landfill. They answer to the state instead of local county government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

Jul 09 09:53

6'4" Cop Bullies 4'11" Videographer as She Videos a BP Worker Taken Away in Ambulance

Webmaster's Commentary: 

On another note, I think she found someone who could be cast to play Beaufort T. Justice if they ever remake Smokey and the Bandit.

Jul 09 07:43

Government Trying to Sweep Size of Oil Spill Under the Rug, Just As It Tries to Sweep the Economic Crisis, 9/11 and Everything Else Under the Rug

As I previously pointed out, the Gulf oil spill is very similar to 9/11, because - in both cases - the responders helping with rescue and clean up were getting sick ... but were told they don't need any safety gear. And see this.

In addition, the government is keeping scientists away from "ground zero" of the oil spill and - for that reason - scientists cannot accurately measure the size of the oil spill.

Jul 09 06:50

Russian sub 'could stop oil leak'

Russian-owned submersibles would be able to cap the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, the captain of one of the vessels has said.

The skipper was speaking as two of the subs - which can dive to 6,000m - started a campaign of exploration at the bottom of Lake Baikal in Siberia.

He added that there was still time for the subs to help BP with the disaster.

Jul 09 05:22

BP Fisherman: Oysters are All Dead

Jul 08 15:50

Massive Amounts Of Tar Balls on Florida's Atlantic Coast Beaches

Massive Amounts Of Tar balls Cover Cocoa Beach And Cape Canaveral On The East Coast Of Central Florida
Posted by Alexander Higgins - July 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm -
Massive amounts of tarballs are now hammering the Atlantic Coast of Florida and have left a large portion of Cocoa Beach in Central Florida literally covered in tarballs.
Meanwhile local Government officials have taken a move straight from the Pensacola Beach playbook and are already misleading the public into thinking that the beaches are safe.
Mellisa Cones, director of the the Cocoa Beach Chamber of Commerce, attempts to assure the public that the tarballs are not from the BP Gulf Oil Spill by saying “it’s just to thick to be coming from the west coast”.

Jul 08 11:31

1,500 oil cleanup workers sickened says BP's lead doctor in Gulf

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And that is the count ONLY of people who went to BP for medical treatment, and does not include workers who went to their own physicians or local hospitals.

Jul 08 11:25

Hundreds Of Fishermen Missing Checks From BP

Jeffrey Briet represents more than 500 fishermen, and he said the payment system he set up with BP required his clients to be paid every 30 days. Now that process has suddenly changed without warning, Briet said.

Jul 08 11:23

Sea Shepherd at Deepwater Ground Zero. ***Exclusive footage***

Jul 08 11:03

Louisiana Gov. Jindal to Feds: No Is Not A Plan, Lead Or Get Out Of The Way

On July 6, Governor Bobby Jindal blasted the federal government for again denying a defense plan proposed by local and state officials that would block oil from further damaging Louisiana’s fragile marshlands. Over the past weekend, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied a plan to place rocks in the water that would stop oil from hitting the coast near Grand Isle – which leaves the area nearly unprotected from further oil impact.

After a flyover of Lake Pontchartrain and a meeting today with local officials, Governor Jindal said it was unacceptable for the federal government to continue to deny state and local defense plans without proposing any of their own solutions. The Governor said officials from Jefferson Parish and Grand Isle would be resubmitting the rock plan for approval.

Jul 08 10:45

Oil Water Samples From Gulf - Very Toxic

Jul 08 10:31

Hundreds Of Fishermen Missing Checks From BP

Hundreds of fishermen from Lake Charles to Moss Point, Miss., were supposed to get checks from BP on Wednesday but didn't.

Wednesday night, their lawyer wanted answers.

Jeffrey Briet represents more than 500 fishermen, and he said the payment system he set up with BP required his clients to be paid every 30 days. Now that process has suddenly changed without warning, Briet said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wouldn't bet on these people ever seeing a check from BP for their work.

Jul 08 07:48

Mitigating Annihilation

From the air, the area north of Grand Isle, Louisiana, much of it around Barataria Bay, looks like scorched earth. This area has been and is heavily afflicted by BP’s oil. The so-called clean up efforts, including laying out booms to supposedly prevent oil from destroying more marsh and killing more wildlife, are a farce.

Opaque multi-color sheen stains much of the bay, and is visible in countless inlets that snake their way into the marsh. The contrast between the green marsh area yet to be soiled and the marsh already blackened by the oil and the sheen covered Gulf water is stark. The afflicted water appears as a lifeless, dull, silvery fluid.

Jul 08 06:52

Whistleblower: Relief payments get slashed if fishermen refuse to work for BP

Any relief payment plan established in the wake of the worst environmental accident ever was bound to have its flaws, but this goes to a whole new level of wrong.

According to Gulf resident Kindra Arnesen, who turned whistleblower and full-time activist when she saw how many people were put out of work by the spill, BP will deduct money from individual payments on claims for lost income if the claimant refuses to work in assisting the spill response.

Jul 08 06:23

BP turning Gulf Coast into corporate police states

Reporters and photographers are reporting numerous incidents where they have been prohibited from approaching areas where oil has fouled Gulf beaches and have been prevented from taking photos or gathering enough information to publish reports.

Jul 08 05:43

Ecological Holocaust and its Cover-up

HOLOCAUST

The term is accurate in this context.

Holocaust = murder on a mass scale.

Future videos will show exactly how appropriate this term is, but in short, not only has BP unleashed an uncontainable disaster of geologic proportions, it's also spraying tons of a highly toxic substance - coexit - at night, against the "request" of the EPA, not to contain the oil, but to mask the scale and scope of the disaster.

This is not only creating a ecological catastrophe of unprecedented proportions, it will sicken and kill thousands, possibly millions, of people, contaminate drinking water, and damage crops and agricultural land.

And make no mistake, this catastrophe is a major bonanza for the Oil Industrial Complex.

Jul 08 05:33

Harvard Professor: ‘Exploit Gulf Disaster For Carbon Tax’

Top elitist and Harvard Professor Kenneth Rogoff has shamefully called for the BP oil spill disaster to be exploited in order to create political momentum behind a carbon tax, even going to the lengths of embracing the nightmare scenario of hurricanes pushing the oil onshore as a way to create political momentum behind Obama’s dreaded “green economy”.

Jul 08 00:24

While Big Easy Takes on Oil, Obama Sues Arizona!

Published: July 07, 2010
While Big Easy Takes on Oil, Obama Sues Arizona!
By John Lillpop
While the worst environmental disaster in history spreads to Big Easy and all of the Gulf States, Barack Hussein Obama, in a snit of poor judgment and political fraud, has unleashed the vast powers and resources of the U.S. Government against the state of Arizona for its tough, and long overdue, anti-illegal alien bill.
Call Obama's hideous meddling what you wish, pandering to illegal aliens, or trolling for votes among those who oppose secure borders and the rule of law, the fact is that Barack Obama has taken his eye off the tar balls long enough to attack a sovereign entity of the United States.
Which is either incredibly poor judgment, or out and out treason, or, most probably, both.

Jul 07 15:18

Why BP will be the next bailout

Sure, President Obama's now saying about BP, "We will make sure they pay every dime." He also pledged months ago that big banks would repay "every single dime" of bailout money.

In fact, there's an excellent chance Washington will do as it did in the financial, housing and auto-industry crises -- and decide that BP is "too big to fail." This time, it won't be to prevent panic but to keep peace among allies and to keep oil prices low. You see, the British public is outraged at us -- for being mad at BP, one of Britain's crown jewels and a huge taxpayer.

Jul 07 11:25

The BP/Government police state

Last week, I interviewed Mother Jones' Mac McClelland, who has been covering the BP oil spill in the Gulf since the first day it happened. She detailed how local police and federal officials work with BP to harass, impede, interrogate and even detain journalists who are covering the impact of the spill and the clean-up efforts. She documented one incident which was particularly chilling of an activist who -- after being told by a local police officer to stop filming a BP facility because "BP didn't want him filming" -- was then pulled over after he left by that officer so he could be interrogated by a BP security official.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's glaringly obvious by now who is actually in control of the alleged BP Gulf "cleanup", and that is the corporation itself.

Jul 07 09:56

BP Collapse Potentially More Devastating than Lehman!

As horrific as the gulf environmental catastrophe is, an even more intractable and cataclysmic disaster may be looming. The yet unknowable costs associated with clean-up, litigation and compensation damages due to arguably the world’s worst environmental tragedy, may be in the process of triggering a credit event by British Petroleum (BP) that will be equally devastating to global over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives. The potential contagion may eventually show that Lehman Bros. and Bear Stearns were simply early warning signals of the devastation lurking and continuing to grow unchecked in the $615T OTC Derivatives market.

Jul 07 09:36

Gulf awash in 27,000 abandoned wells — and no one at all is checking to see if they are leaking

More than 27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells lurk in the hard rock beneath the Gulf of Mexico, an environmental minefield that has been ignored for decades. No one — not industry, not government — is checking to see if they are leaking, an Associated Press investigation shows.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More to the point,m how many will start leaking if this lame-ass idea of using a nuke on the Deepwater Horizon site is carried out?

Jul 07 09:17

Whistleblower: Relief payments get slashed if fishermen refuse to work for BP

Any relief payment plan established in the wake of the worst environmental accident ever was bound to have its flaws, but this goes to a whole new level of wrong.

According to Gulf resident Kindra Arnesen, who turned whistleblower and full-time activist when she saw how many people were put out of work by the spill, BP will deduct money from individual payments on claims for lost income if the claimant refuses to work in assisting the spill response.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

Jul 07 08:41

BP boss in UAE amid speculation

But Haywayd's visit comes amid reports that BP had been seeking the support of foreign sovereign wealth funds (SWF) following the collapse of its share price which increased the risk of possible takeover bids by rival companies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, BP will borrow itself to the hilt to clean up the mess they made (and MMS let them) and you will spend the test of your life paying high gas prices to repay the loans. I gu7ess from BP's point of view that's a better deal than digging into their executive bonuses!

Jul 07 07:00

Gulf Coast now a BP police state as law enforcement conspires with BP to intimidate journalists

Why this matters
This is scary stuff, folks. Now we have a police state in America. No one can deny it. You can't argue the point anymore. It is documented fact, and it's happening right now in the Gulf Coast.

If you pick up a professional camera and start snapping photos of a BP refinery, or a BP cleanup vessel, or a beach with an oil boom on it, you risk being followed, detained, questioned and intimidated. And if you don't surrender your own rights and consent to an illegal search of your photos or film footage, you will be hauled into a federal holding facility and held by the Department of Homeland Security until they feel like letting you go.

Jul 07 06:48

Abandoned oil wells make Gulf of Mexico 'environmental minefield'

The Gulf of Mexico is packed with abandoned oil wells from a host of companies including BP, according to an investigation by Associated Press, which describes the area as "an environmental minefield that has been ignored for decades".

While the explosion and subsequent sinking of the Deepwater Horizon rig has thrown the spotlight sharply on BP's activities in the Gulf of Mexico, environmental safety in the area has been neglected for decades.

Jul 07 06:28

Top 20 Photos From the Gulf that Obama Doesn’t Want You to See

Although Obama appears to have ordered a media blackout of the Gulf disaster, a relative few shocking photos have leaked out thanks to enterprising area residents. You won’t be seeing these in your local paper, that’s for sure.

Jul 06 18:09

Dolphins and Whale basted in BP Oil!

This is without a doubt, the most disturbing video I have ever produced.

I saw at least 100 Dolphins dying or struggling to get out of the oil. It was many miles from any water that was not contaminated. In all likelihood, the Dolphins and Sperm Whale seen in this video are dead by now.

Jul 06 14:49

Mike Rivero: BP Gulf Oil Crisis - America's Chernobyl 1/4

Jul 06 10:10

The Relief Wells Are Ahead of Schedule … But Will They Work?

Many oil drilling experts are hopeful that BP's relief wells will succeed on the first try. I hope and pray that they do.

But the relief wells are not a slam dunk.

CBS News states:

"It's not a solid dunk," said Eric Smith, a deepwater drilling expert. "It's going to take some work."

Smith said two things could go wrong. The cut could miss the broken wellbore, and BP would just try again, or engineers could drill into hidden gas pockets.

"When you are drilling into that you have to be careful of a kick, a blowout in the relief well," Smith said.

Jul 06 09:23

BP AD Their propaganda versus the reality

Jul 06 09:04

Fending For Themselves

We finish eating and talk a little while longer before we thank Theresa again for her time and hospitality.

"We hope we don’t have to wait as long as the Alaskans did for our marine life to come back," she says, referencing the Exxon Valdez disaster from 1989, "They had to wait 17 years for their shrimp to return, and they are still waiting on their herring."

Jul 06 07:43

Sarah Palin Says 'Trust The Oil Industry'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I know you are supposed to be a ditz, Sarah, but this is abusing the privilege!

Jul 06 07:30

BP Claims Center still has unlisted phone; “Tucked away” in strip mall, “small white sign stuck in the grass” not visible from street

Tucked away in a strip center called Patriot Square in Naples, sharing a building with Victoria's Nail & Spa, Mangrove Outfitters and others, is Southwest Florida's only BP Claims Center.

The lone identifying mark is a small white sign stuck in the grass out front. The office and sign aren't visible from U.S. 41. Three signs with information about hours and more are taped to the front door.

"We're not the easiest place to find," office manager Tom Wiley said.

Jul 06 07:30

Second Tropical Depression, With 60% Chance Of Becoming A Cyclone, Forming Over Macondo Zone

According to the NHC, a weather formation, centered about 50 miles south-southeast of Morgan City, Louisiana, is packing sustained winds near tropical storm force. As the map below indicates, this is above the Macondo blowout. According to Reuters, "there was a "high chance" it will become the second named storm of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season before it makes landfall in the Terrebonne Parish area near Caillou Bay early Monday evening, the Miami-based hurricane center said." Tomorrow, the news of yet another 60% probability cyclone ramming the cleanup effort will be digested alongside the WSJ report that Libya is allegedly looking to make a staple British company part-owned by the Khadafi regime.

Jul 06 07:28

Texas BP Refinery Released 538,000 Pounds of Chemicals Into Atmosphere

Just two weeks before the Gulf spill, a BP refinery in Texas released thousands of pounds of chemicals into the atmosphere. Unsurprisingly, BP did not handle the situation well (from ProPublica/Frontline):

Two weeks before the blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, the huge, trouble-plagued BP refinery [1] in this coastal town spewed tens of thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals into the skies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While the MMS surfed internet porn and did drugs on YOUR dime!

Jul 06 07:26

Tar balls hit Texas as BP oil spill cost soars

Some 492 miles (792 kilometers) of US shoreline across the five Gulf states -- Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and now Texas -- have been oiled by the disaster.

Oil sheen and tar balls were spotted Monday near the mouth of Lake Pontchartrain, the lake near New Orleans that flooded disastrously during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Jul 06 07:09

Ron Paul Slams Federal Interference In Oil Spill Relief Efforts

As tar balls from the BP oil spill wash into Galveston, Texas, Congressman Ron Paul has slammed federal interference in the relief effort that is hampering local attempts to mitigate the consequences of the disaster, mimicking how the feds deliberately botched the response to hurricane Katrina and made the crisis worse.

“They have done a lot to interfere,” Paul told National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin on CNN’s “John King USA.”

“A lot of local officials, property owners and state officials have wanted to do more over in Louisiana and Mississippi and the federal government, the fish and wildlife people, the EPA and others, they come in and they prohibit them from doing it,” said Paul.

Jul 05 23:04

Coast Guard Media Liaison Works for BP's PR Agency, claims "I would never work on anything that would pose a conflict of interest".

...This information offered the possibility that Petty Officer Polish was a paid public relations operative for BP, working in her capacity as a Coast Guard reservist.

Did my post inadvertently provide a bully pulpit for BP and Coast Guard propaganda?

Could this be true? As it turns out, there is plenty of room for concern regarding this apparent marriage of public relations and a government agency, especially when the PR firm that employs Petty Officer Polish is the same PR firm that represents BP.

Jul 05 23:01

Greenwald: The BP/Government police state

Not surprising as the US military is BP's #1 customer.

Jul 05 22:21

To prepare for an oil spill on Columbia River: Drills, baby, drills

I know this is supposed to be a just in case, But WTF? are we expecting something on the West Coast?

ST. HELENS — The Oregon Responder, a 210-foot oil spill response vessel, dropped anchor in the middle of the Columbia River west of Portland.

Jul 05 16:27

Coast Guard Media Liaison Works for BP's PR Agency

It was Petty Officer Polish's right to offer commentary and within readers' rights to offer positive and negative commentary on my post. This is the age of interactive media after all. What absolutely floored me were the number of tips that came in on my Facebook page from concerned citizens of the Louisiana Delta and elsewhere. This information offered the possibility that Petty Officer Polish was a paid public relations operative for BP, working in her capacity as a Coast Guard reservist.

Jul 05 16:26

Officials say BP spill now hitting all Gulf states

Tar balls from the Gulf oil spill found on a Texas beach were confirmed Monday as the first evidence that gushing crude from the Deepwater Horizon well has reached all the Gulf states.

Jul 05 15:18

US Miltary escorting BP workers: Panama City, Florida July 4, 2010

BP workers claim that they speak no English.

Jul 05 11:41

Pulmonary Specialist: “Never seen such enormous amounts of exposure”; Swimming in Gulf waters can cause “respiratory failure”

Jul 05 10:41

Oil skimmer's test results 'inconclusive' due to rough seas

Tests of the effectiveness of the A Whale oil skimmer in the Gulf of Mexico are inconclusive, a spokesman for the company that owns the huge converted cargo ship said Monday.

Bob Grantham of TMT Shipping Offshore said rough seas over the initial 48-hour testing period made it difficult to determine the skimming results, but he expects more typical sea conditions over coming days will allow more testing.

Jul 05 10:38

More bad news for BP as arsenic levels rise in seawater around the Gulf of Mexico

BELEAGUERED energy giant BP was hit with further bad news this morning as it emerged dangerous arsenic levels have been found in seawater around the Gulf of Mexico.

British scientists warned that the oil spill is increasing the level of arsenic in the ocean, and could further add to the devastating impact on the already sensitive environment.

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And that asshole Florida Governor is out there telling tourists to come swim at their beaches!

Jul 05 10:27

BP Used Oil Industry Tax Break to Write Off Its Rent for Deepwater Rig

Transocean, the company that owns the failed Deepwater Horizon rig that caused the Gulf oil spill, used well-known tax havens in the Cayman Islands and Switzerland to lower its U.S. corporate tax rate by almost 15 points. And due to a break in the U.S. tax code, BP was also allowed to write off the rent it paid to Transocean on its own tax bill, saving it hundreds of thousands of dollars per day:

Jul 05 10:27

Oil in Lake Pontchartrain

Jul 05 10:24

Reader photos Pensacola 6-23-10

Jul 05 10:22

Hundreds of Gulf swimmers complain of illness

Jul 05 10:09

Republicans Block Investigative Power for Oil Spill Commission

Jul 05 09:42

Gulf spill 'bigger and uglier than we had hoped'

"The distribution of the oil, it's bigger and uglier than we had hoped," said Roger Helm, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official and the lead scientist studying the spill for the Interior Department. "The possibility of having significant changes in the food chain, over some period of time, is very real. The possibility of marshes disappearing . . . is very real."

Jul 05 09:41

Coast Guard bans reporters from oil cleanup sites

Journalists who come too close to oil spill clean-up efforts without permission could find themselves facing a $40,000 fine and even one to five years in prison under a new rule instituted by the Coast Guard late last week.

It's a move that outraged observers have decried as an attack on First Amendment rights. And CNN's Anderson Cooper describes the new rules as making it "very easy to hide incompetence or failure."

The Coast Guard order states that "vessels must not come within 20 meters [65 feet] of booming operations, boom, or oil spill response operations under penalty of law."

A "willful" violation of the new rule could result in Class D felony charges, which carry a penalty of one to five years in prison under federal law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the repercussions of this catastrophe are far worse than either BP or the Federal government wants to let the general public know about.

Jul 05 09:16

EPA Scraps Texas Clean Air Program, Will Make Oil Refineries To File For New Permits

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday officially overturned a 16-year-old Texas air permitting program it says violates the Clean Air Act, leaving some of the country's largest refineries in a state of limbo.

The move comes after years of backdoor bickering, negotiations and public arguments between the EPA and Texas. The argument recently escalated from a battle over environmental issues into a heated political dispute over states' rights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Pussy has gone stark raving certifiably mad! Obama unleashed the worst environmental disaster in history by handing out EPA exemptions to British Petroleum like candy while the MMS did drugs and surfed internet porn, and now Obama is going to have the EPA drop an existing agreement to force Texas oil refineries to halt operations while they refile their paperwork, effectively shutting down a major portion of the United States' oil supply at a time when the flow of oil from the Gulf drilling operations is already limited to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Is Obama paying back BP for all their campaign money by slamming the US oil producers to "level the playing field", or is Obama playing a mafia-like racket in which he will shut off the flow of oil until Congress gives him his carbon-tax?

Either way, this is a reminder that the Founding Fathers were correct in warning against allowing the President to acquire too much direct authority over our lives.

Jul 05 08:10

Obama biggest recipient of BP cash

While the BP oil geyser pumps millions of gallons of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico, President Barack Obama and members of Congress may have to answer for the millions in campaign contributions they've taken from the oil and gas giant over the years.

Jul 05 07:05

Shocking Betrayal of Trust by US Senate

Senate Democrats today asked unanimous consent to pass legislation that would give the BP Oil Spill Commission the subpoena power it needs to do its job. "Frankly, it's time we have a vote after so many Republican objections to this commonsense legislation," said Sen. Robert Menendez. "[This bill] asserts that we want to protect those families, taxpayers, not oil company profits."

Jul 05 06:50

Oil in Lake Pontchartrain

Jul 05 06:29

As oil industry fights a spill-cleanup tax, it reaps large subsidies

When the Deepwater Horizon disaster set off the worst oil spill in U.S. history, the drilling platform was flying the flag of the Marshall Islands. Registering there allowed the rig's owner to significantly reduce its U.S. taxes.

The platform's owner, Transocean, moved its corporate headquarters from Houston to the Cayman Islands in 1999 and then to Switzerland in 2008, maneuvers that also helped it avoid taxes.

At the same time, BP was reaping sizable tax benefits from leasing the rig. According to a letter sent in June to the Senate Finance Committee, the company used a tax break for the oil industry to write off 70 percent of the rent for Deepwater Horizon, a deduction of more than $225,000 a day since the lease began.

Jul 05 06:26

2010 Hurricane Season: The FEMA Beta Test?

John Galt
Activist Post

The 2010 hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico is here and it's all-systems-go in the preparation for the FEMA Beta Test. This Beta test will likely happen in stages as storms will hit different areas at different times. With oil- and chemical-soaked waters brewing in the Gulf waters, this hurricane season may prove to be the last time the coastal areas will be habitable to humans for some time.

Jul 04 15:14

Black voice of sanity writes:The Obama Presidency: An Unfolding Disaster

The Obama Presidency: An Unfolding Disaster
Written by Larry Pinkney
Friday, 02 July 2010 04:35
Barack Obama is in fact, shrewdly facilitating and overseeing the dismantling, not of the U.S. corporate / military empire, but rather of the economic and political human rights and legitimate needs of everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow peoples in this nation. It is for this purpose that the corporate / military establishment and the corporate media ensured that Barack Obama was installed in the White House. This is an increasingly obvious disaster not for the wealthy elite who already have homes, villas, gated mansions, yachts, and cushioned financial holdings all over the world. It is however, a horrible disaster for everyday common folks in this nation and around this planet.

Jul 04 15:02

Pensacola Beach: Oily Sheen Mousse

The FDA has decreed? Corexit to be a vital part of a balanced agonizing hell storm.

Jul 04 12:18

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK ~~ BP’s NEWEST PRODUCT … TURTLE SOUP IN OIL

Jul 04 09:02

BP admits failing to use industry risk test at any of its deepwater wells in the US

BP was facing fresh criticism over its approach to safety on Saturday night after critics said it did not use an industry standard process to asses risk ahead of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

The procedure, known as a safety case, was developed in Britain after the catastrophic Piper Alpha oil rig explosion of 1988 in which 167 people lost their lives.

However, BP admitted to The Sunday Telegraph that it does not use safety cases on any of its US wells, including the high-pressure deep water Macondo well from which up to 60,000 barrels of oil per day are still leaking in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Unflipping believable! And only now, the US is considering the adopting of such a procedure for offshore oil drilling?!?!?

Jul 04 07:29

Can it rain oily compounds in the Gulf of Mexico? Yes! Chris Landau geologist & meteorologist

Do not let your kids eat the hail or drink the rainwater. It is likely to contain some benzene and cyclohexane. Can it rain oily compounds? The short answer is it certainly can. It is also not complex to work out which chemical compounds will be coming down in our rainwater. It is those with a similar boiling point and freezing point to water. It is those that are not too heavy, that are similar to that of air at 1.2 kg per cubic meter. They should be able to rise easily to upper atmospheric levels.

Let us start with water. On earth at everyday working temperatures matter has 3 phases. They are solid, liquid and gas. We know these phases by other names called ice, water and steam.

Jul 04 05:11

BP Bringing People To Tears At Clearwater Claims Office

BP's only Bay area claims office opened Monday in Clearwater. Some are getting money to help offset losses caused by the oil spill, but many are not satisfied.

For Kathy Birren, the BP claims process is so frustrating it brings her to tears...

Jul 03 15:31

First Amendment suspended in the Gulf of Mexico as spill cover-up goes Orwellian

As CNN is now reporting, the U.S. government has issued a new rule that would make it a felony crime for any journalist, reporter, blogger or photographer to approach any oil cleanup operation, equipment or vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. Anyone caught is subject to arrest, a $40,000 fine and prosecution for a federal felony crime.

Jul 03 11:48

BP/ Gov't Lying To Public About Safety Of Florida Beaches

BP and Government Misleading Public About Safety Of Florida Beaches
Posted by Alexander Higgins - June 23, 2010
As a tide of tarballs from the BP Gulf Oil Spill assaults the Florida coast line local Florida residents, businesses and county officials are demanding action from BP, State, and Federal Government officials in charge of monitoring and responding to the spill.
"They are also demanding answers to other questions like why local beaches have been declared safe and remain open even though tarballs have been washing ashore for weeks in Florida and the DEP hasn’t tested the waters for hydrocarbons since May 1st."

Jul 03 08:49

U.S. report: BP spill likely to reach Florida Keys, Miami

Jul 03 08:33

Oh No, It Just Can’t Be – Gulf Disaster

Jul 03 07:25

Media Access Rules In Gulf Preventing Media From Covering Oil Spill

While I agree that there needs to be some reasonable rules that allow clean-up crews to do their job, cutting off press access completely it totally uncalled for and, to the extent that it’s a government action, it comes very close to being a violation of the First Amendment.

Jul 03 07:24

Oil found in Gulf crabs raises new food chain fears

University scientists have spotted the first indications oil is entering the Gulf seafood chain — in crab larvae — and one expert warns the effect on fisheries could last “years, probably not a matter of months” and affect many species.

Jul 03 00:00

[Feds]/BP's Oil Spill Fouls Water, Land and Air

BP's Oil Spill Fouls Water, Land and Air
By Dennis Bernstein
June 29, 2010
...“I think we have to be suspicious of everything they’re saying to us. We have to assume they’re withholding the information, that they are possibly even falsifying information, so as not to cause a panic, because I think the last thing they want is an outraged, panicked public to face.”
She said the federal government and the Coast Guard are marching in lockstep with BP, adding: “Essentially, the government and BP are one and the same right now. And that’s a really frightening thing to say I realize that, but that’s what I see...."

Jul 02 16:33

Countdown: Dr.Riki Ott alleges BP engaged in massive cover-up

Countdown: Dr.Riki Ott alleges BP engaged in massive cover-up to hide Gulf Disaster damage
firedoglake
YouTube/MSNBC
Thu, 01 Jul 2010 21:07 EDT

Jul 02 15:01

A Whale to the rescue: Can super-skimmer turn tide of Gulf oil spill?

To date, skimmers in the Gulf have collected 671,000 barrels (28.2 million gallons) of oil and water mix from the Gulf.

The A Whale, for its part, could collect more than 125 times the amount of the largest skimmer currently working the Gulf. It's capable of slurping up 300,000 barrels of oil (21 million gallons) of oil in 10 hours, and offloading it to a companion vessel, A Elephant. Mr. Su is already readying two other retrofitted tankers, the B Whale and C Whale, for service in the Gulf.

Jul 02 12:13

Dispersants flow into Gulf in 'science experiment'

Chemical dispersants keep flowing into the Gulf of Mexico at virtually unchanged levels despite the Environmental Protection Agency's order to BP to "significantly" scale back, according to a CNN analysis of daily dispersant reports provided by the Deepwater Horizon Unified Command.

Jul 02 11:17

Gulf Disaster: First Amendment Has been Suspended

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A $40,000 fine and a Class D Felony for taking pictures of oil-soaked wildlife?

The US Government is repeating all the mistakes the USSR did with the Chernobyl disaster!

Jul 02 10:07

Goldman Sachs: The Pirates of Poison in the Gulf

Illinois-based Nalco Corporation is responsible for the Corexit 9500 chemical dispersant highlighted by experts as being 4 times more toxic than the oil that is flowing into the Gulf. Scientists in congressional hearings added that the dispersant is more toxic than other similar dispersant on the market. Naturally, whenever a major disaster takes place -- especially when major, society-altering solutions are being offered -- one needs to follow the trail of money and power to see who benefits. Sure enough, a casual search of Nalco's Web site reveals their company history; it leads right to the doorstep of Goldman Sachs.

Jul 02 09:33

Oil invades more wetlands as surf pounds Gulf coast

Tropical storm Alex slowed oil spill clean-up and containment work in the Gulf of Mexico and drove more petroleum into fragile Gulf wetlands and beaches on Thursday, with any permanent fix to BP Plc's ruptured deep-sea well still several weeks away.

More than 10 weeks into the crisis, oil continued spewing into the Gulf, clean-up success remained limited and a proposal by the Obama administration to halt all deep-water drilling for the next six months remained in limbo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The damage created by this catastrophe may well last decades.

Jul 02 09:26

The black specks behind surfer Mike Dangerfield are TARBALLS

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder if BP paid for these photos to be taken for PR purposes; to convince people that tarballs at the beach are no big deal?

Jul 02 06:24

BP bets on Kevin Costner's oil cleaning machine

It was treated as an oddball twist in the otherwise wrenching saga of the BP oil spill when Kevin Costner stepped forward to promote a device he said could work wonders in containing the spill's damage. But as Henry Fountain explains in the New York Times, the gadget in question - an oil-separating centrifuge - marks a major breakthrough in spill cleanup technology. And BP, after trial runs with the device, is ordering 32 more of the Costner-endorsed centrifuges to aid the Gulf cleanup.

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Maybe it will work on some of the oil. But it won't touch the toxic mess they created with Corexit in lower levels of the gulf. That mess is going to be affecting the whole gulf area and more for generations - long after BP has ceased to pay for damages.

Jul 01 23:00

Allegations Emerge BP Is Dumping Sand To Cover Oil

C.S.'s original goal was to gain access to some of the areas being guarded by BP contractors and deemed "off limits" to reporters, but yesterday he, along with Save Our Shores's Judson Parker, made an unexpected discovery.

They believe that BP has been dumping sand on the beaches in order to cover up oil.

Jul 01 22:54

Proving Oil Cover Up Pensacola Beach

Jul 01 20:01

Coast guard finds fuel sheen off coast of Clearwater Beach?

...The sheen appears to be an illegal discharge of fuel, said Capt. Tim Close, commander of Coast Guard sector St. Petersburg. It is not believed to be linked to the BP oil leak...

Jul 01 18:43

Allegations Emerge BP Is Dumping Sand To Cover Oil

Yesterday, I contacted a friend of mine, C.S. Muncy, who is a photojournalist currently raising all kinds of hell down in southern Louisiana.

C.S.'s original goal was to gain access to some of the areas being guarded by BP contractors and deemed "off limits" to reporters, but yesterday he, along with Save Our Shores's Judson Parker, made an unexpected discovery.

They believe that BP has been dumping sand on the beaches in order to cover up oil. You can view some video Judson shot of the beach over here.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If this is true, why the heck is Obama's administration allowing BP to get away with this?!?!

That means that the toxic legacy of this oil may be left on the Gulf's shores for decades!!

Jul 01 15:06

How bad is the oil spill? Flight sheds light on magnitude of disaster

We pass over a dozen more dolphins in thick oil only 9 miles from the source. Like the last dolphins they seem to be lolling at the surface rather then leaping forward together as you’d normally spot them.

Jul 01 14:43

Oil and tar driven by Hurricane Alex fouls public beach

Oil and tar driven by Hurricane Alex fouls public beach at Gulf Shores
Published: Thursday, July 01, 2010
Dan Murtaugh, Press-Register
GULF SHORES, Ala. -- The tide and rough water pushed tar and oil onto the white sands of the Gulf Shores public beach today. http://media.al.com/live/photo/gulf-shores-oil-9f5a5b525d9f4305.jpg

Jul 01 14:35

"Are You F_cking Happy? The Rig's On Fire!"

Repost of article by Josh Harkinson for MotherJones

...Tony Buzbee, a lawyer representing 15 rig workers and dozens of shrimpers, seafood restaurants, and dock workers, says he has obtained a three-page signed statement from a crew member on the boat that rescued the burning rig's workers. The sailor, who Buzbee refuses to name for fear of costing him his job, was on the ship's bridge when Deepwater Horizon installation manager Jimmy Harrell, a top employee of rig owner Transocean, was speaking with someone in Houston via satellite phone. Buzbee told Mother Jones that, according to this witness account, Harrell was screaming, "Are you fucking happy? Are you fucking happy? The rig's on fire! I told you this was gonna happen."

Jul 01 13:59

Whistle blower to testify on oil spill worst fear:BP deliberately sinks oil with Corexit as cover up

In a shocking interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on June 29th, Allegiance Capitol Corporation V.P. Fred McCallister said that BP is deliberately sinking oil with the toxic chemical disbursant Corexit, to hide the size of the oil spill. By sinking the oil before it can be collected, BP won’t have to pay fines on it.

McCallister said, “Everybody in Europe, where the standard practice is to raise the oil and collect it, is scratching their heads, and quite honestly laughing at what’s happening in the Gulf.” He added, “Everyone is looking at us and wondering why we’re allowing this to happen.”

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Concealing this scam may be why Obama waited to long to allow other nations to send in assistance!

This is indeed America's Chernobyl!

Jul 01 13:46

BP SPILL: IS THE BORE HOLE ERODING?

I am looking at cameras 8 and 9 in this display and it seems pretty obvious that the amount of oil leaking out from the top of the blowout preventer is increasing.

We now know that both the drill pipes and the well casing were destroyed in the original "kick", and debris from the drill pipe blown up into the BOP is what kept the pincher system from working. We knew that the well casing was breached from the failure of the top kill and the seepage coming up from cracks in the surrounding sea floor.

So, it appears that the oil is blasting up through the drilled bore hole without the protection of the drill pipe or the well casing. Inevitably the flow has to be eroding the sides of the bore. Which means the hole is enlarging, slowly, but still enlarging.

Jul 01 13:03

'Not Enough Money' for BP Oil Spill Claims

An estimated 35,000 to 60,000 barrels of oil a day has been gushing out of the ruptured well since the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig sank on April 22 some 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana.

Some 423 miles (681 kilometers) of US shorelines have now been oiled as crude gushes into the sea at an alarming rate, 10 weeks into the worst environmental disaster in US history.

Feinberg, who Obama named to administer the 20-billion-dollar claims fund, insisted that BP will "pay every eligible claim," but cautioned that many perceived damages may not qualify.

"I use that famous example of a restaurant in Boston that says, 'I can't get shrimp from Louisiana, and my menu suffers and my business is off,'" Feinberg told the House of Representatives Committee on Small Business on Wednesday.

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