BP Gulf Disaster Continues

I’ve been avoiding shrimp for close to two years because I expected this.

deformed BP shrimp

Do you remember how the EPA said it was safe for New Yorkers to return to the area around Ground Zero, despite the obvious hazard to respiration from asbestos dust? The government’s action around the BP oil geyser is equally negligent and harmful to humans. My friend Kyle noted recently that if radiation had caused these deformities, there’d be a lot more outrage. Given the media silence on radioactive seawater spreading out from Japan, I’m not so sure.

Here’s what I said in 2010:

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a joint release Sunday, “We will not rest until BP permanently seals the wellhead, the spill is cleaned up, and the communities and natural resources of the Gulf Coast are restored and made whole,” they said.

Good luck putting the genie back in the bottle. Making the communities and natural resources whole again could take a decade, or ten decades. It’s a little hard to go without rest that long.

Do you see Napolitano resting? I do. Are those deformed shrimp a sign of a restored Gulf Coast? How much compensation is BP paying this year to fishermen (at least fishermen if not more people from more impacted industries)? How much is going to the resort industries where if you swim on their beaches, you get skin problems from the Corexit and oil?

On April 20, 2010, BP’s Deepwater Horizon oilrig exploded, and began the release of at least 4.9 million barrels of oil. BP then used at least 1.9 million gallons of toxic Corexit dispersants to sink the oil.

Keath Ladner, a third generation seafood processor in Hancock County, Mississippi, is also disturbed by what he is seeing.

“I’ve seen the brown shrimp catch drop by two-thirds, and so far the white shrimp have been wiped out,” Ladner told Al Jazeera. “The shrimp are immune compromised. We are finding shrimp with tumors on their heads, and are seeing this everyday.”

Made whole? More like made wholly into an ongoing catastrophe. And BP and deep water drilling keeps rolling on…

“I will not be alive to see the Gulf of Mexico recover,” said Cake, who is 72 years old. “Without funding and serious commitment, these things will not come back to pre-April 2010 levels for decades.”

Send some money to the region through Defend New Orleans if you like.

8 responses to “BP Gulf Disaster Continues

  1. Absolutely brilliant!!!!!! It always amazes me that those that cry the loudest about cleaning up an oil spill are the very same folk demanding that the biggest one created by Mother Nature herself, the Alberta ethical oil sands, be left in situ, in the ground. Mind boggling actually.

    More seriously tho’, the source for this post is that bastion of impartiality Al Jazeera????? Seriously????? Are you kidding?????

    [ADMIN note: Do you know who else cites Al Jazeera? Fox News. foxnews.com/scitech/2012/04/18/eyeless-shrimp-and-mutant-fish-raise-concerns-over-bp-spill-effects/

    I note not a single scientific opinion appears.

    [ADMIN note: You note incorrectly then, as usual. Based on your repetitive act of misrepresenting fact, one can conclude with some certainty that you’re a habitual liar.
    “Dr Cowan, with Louisiana State University’s Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences started hearing about fish with sores and lesions from fishermen in November 2010.

    Cowan’s findings replicate those of others living along vast areas of the Gulf Coast that have been impacted by BP’s oil and dispersants.”]

    A fisherman(?) and a guy looking for government handouts seem a might thin on the reliability scale. I wonder if either of these fine folk, or the author, know the difference between concurrence and causality? Does it matter?

    I do know that BP gave millions of dollars to the Sierra Club, one of Americas oldest grassroots environmental organizations. But as we all know those eco groups are mere shills for “Big Oil”.

    Lastly, Charles Atlas, no need to be afraid of a witty bitty shrimp. Look at the back of the packaging or sign on the counter and it will tell you where the shrimp are from. Tonight I’m having Vietnamese with Nova Scotian scallops.

      • I love it when you have no response to simple facts I present! Simple truths that anyone can verify!!! Crushing isn’t it! Ahhhh the beauty of liberal arts science ;)

        To give you the courtesy of an answer, something you can’t seem to do, I have never worked, past or present, for ANY energy companies or industries.

        -Sierra Club took $26,000,000 from Chesapeake Energy to protest coal
        -The Nature Conservancy took $10,000,000 in cash and land from BP
        -Conservation International took $2,000,000 from BP
        -the Environmental Defense Fund is partnered with Shell International AND BP to form the Partnership for Climate Action
        -the Conservancy, the Sierra Club and Audubon, joined with BP Wind Energy to form the American Wind and Wildlife Institute
        -Suzuki Foundation takes $1,000,000 yearly from Power Corporation of Canada

        Who’s shillin’ who?

        Once again, as you so sleekly dodged the first time (hahaha!!!) how do you reconcile picking up Louisiana oil but demanding Alberta’s remain saturating the ground?

        Lastly, to give you a non-liberal arts mathematical context to the Gulf spill… the Mississippi river pumps as much fresh water into the Gulf in 38 seconds as was oil spilled in the first 2 months of the blowout. For the liberal arts math challenged that means the oil content with respect to the river volume is about 7parts per million. This doesn’t include the vast water volume of the Gulf itself.

        Such is reality.

      • From the Fox News article:

        BP has maintained that Gulf seafood is safe, saying in a statement, “Seafood from the Gulf of Mexico is among the most tested in the world, and, according to the FDA and NOAA, it is as safe now as it was before the accident.”

        On Wednesday BP sealed an out-of-court, $7.8 billion settlement with lawyers acting on behalf of thousands of individuals and businesses affected by the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Under the deal, the Gulf seafood industry is slated to receive over $2 billion for economic loss.

  2. “when you have no response to simple facts I present!”

    Facts… that have no basis in the discussion are not facts so much as distraction (AKA straw men). Like your fact that the Mississippi empties into the Gulf. Ooh, shocker. What’s the point again? Oh yeah, to make the BP spill volume look insignificant [which it is obviously not]. If you want an analogous comparison, a computer running at a clock speed of 1GHz, can perform a billion operations per second. And if you input Garbage, you get Garbage as output at that speed. Redjeff, you’re the human embodiment of GIGO, except you run a lot slower than a CPU.

    • Funny you should mention the “straw man” arguement… especially as you rely so much on ad hominem!!!!!!!!!

      Perhaps you don’t get my point, but I’ll say it again….. the dilution factor of oil to Mississippi River water flow is 7partsOil to1,000,000partsH2O. As a liberal arts mathematician I don’t expect you to understand. It would only have meaning to others.

      As for your Ghz computer that’s about as sensable as boobs on bulls ;)~

      (Like the way you totally ignored the eco-cons feeding on Big Oil money tho!!!! Very professional I must say!!! :)

      Oh and dodge dodge dodge the ethical oil sands question again!!!!!!!!!! Good on ya’.

  3. Note to Admin note: “[ADMIN note: Do you know who else cites Al Jazeera? Fox News. foxnews.com/scitech/2012/04/18/eyeless-shrimp-and-mutant-fish-raise-concerns-over-bp-spill-effects/] irrespective of who cites Al Jezeera, they’re an arm of a dictatorship government. Press freedom isn’t exactly a mainstay of Arabic journalism hahaha!!! Secondly, as you say yourself FOX tells nothing but lies, ergo, the story you reference is a lie!!! :)

    Second note to admin note: “[ADMIN note: You note incorrectly then, as usual… one can conclude with some certainty that you’re a habitual liar.” over my claim that “I note not a single scientific opinion appears.”. Problem is STILL not a single scientific opinion appears!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The least you could have done was sneak, like you’ve done before, a predated paragraph or two to make it look like I’m indeed lying!!!!!!

    Also of giggles, I notice that my comment was edited MUCH after the follow-up responses… was it because it took you THAT long to think them up? ;)

    Seriously, where does the name “Cowan” appear in the post?

  4. Another good read: http://www.salon.com/2012/04/20/the_horrific_ramifications_of_the_gulf_oil_spill/

    “Dr. Andrew Whitehead, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University, who is studying the BP spill and has reviewed much of the scientific studies of the Exxon Valdez spill, explained that stock declines of species may take several years to develop as reproduction is impacted in successive generations and across species. The Exxon Valdez spill is now known to be responsible for the decline of many species, including marine mammals, marine birds, and fishes such as pink salmon and herring. Though we have a take on the immediate acute impacts of the BP spill on animals caught in the oil, the chronic ultimate impacts of the BP spill are still unknown.”

    all of these concepts are familiar territory here:


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