18
Jun 14

Dahr Jamail | BP: Four Years On, No Restoration in Sight

Yerkes was exposed to both oil and dispersants while working to clean up oil during his stint in the VOO program.

"I have spent the years since the spill happened literally trying to survive," Yerkes told Truthout. "I've lost five friends now who were also exposed to BP's oil and dispersants, who were unable to seek proper treatment to extract the chemicals from their bodies before the exposure killed them."

Not long after his exposure, Yerkes became violently ill, started bleeding from his nose and ears, and began vomiting blood. When he couldn't get well, he had his blood tested and found it contained high levels of chemicals, which his physician attributed to BP's oil disaster.

Following the advice of his attending physician, Yerkes was forced to move away from the Gulf, to northern Georgia. Now he must regularly give himself intravenous treatments of saline flushes and various medications. "I have chronic headaches, a fever, and suffer chronic unbearable pain in my muscles and joints, and have had chemical pneumonia twice so far."

For large numbers of fishermen and coastal residents living in the four-state impact zone of BP's oil spill, the disaster has never ended.

via Dahr Jamail | BP: Four Years On, No Restoration in Sight.

24
Oct 13

“We’re seeing things we’ve never seen before…Everything out there is dead.” : Gulf Of Mexico Ecosystem In Crisis 3 Years After BP Oil Spill | The Oldspeak Journal

Oldspeak: “Three and a half years later, BP is spending more money – I want you to hear this – they are spending more money on television commercials than they have on actually restoring the natural resources they impacted.” -Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Three years after well blowout, declining seafood catches and deformities point to an environment in distress.” -Dahr Jamail

via “We’re seeing things we’ve never seen before…Everything out there is dead.” : Gulf Of Mexico Ecosystem In Crisis 3 Years After BP Oil Spill | The Oldspeak Journal.

23
Aug 13

BP, EPA Spar Over Government Contract Suspension

WASHINGTON -- BP, the oil giant whose exploding well dumped more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, has sued the Environmental Protection Agency, challenging the government's temporary ban on BP obtaining new U.S. leases or government contracts.

via BP, EPA Spar Over Government Contract Suspension.

15
May 13

Corexit: An Oil Spill Solution That Is Worse Than The Problem?

Every three to four weeks, a cycle of horror repeats itself across Steve Kolian’s face. First it becomes itchy. Then the bumps appear. Then a raw, irritating redness sets in before the skin peels away in patches. Finally, it all disappears for a while.

Other parts of his body, however, seem to be in perpetual disrepair. Dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, bloody stools and cognitive issues surface intermittently, painful reminders of the toxic assault he and untold others endured following the April 2010 explosion on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

Kolian, 51, is convinced that his illnesses were triggered by a chemical product designed to disperse petroleum in water, a substance euphemistically marketed as “Corexit.” Now, three years after the disaster that left some 210 million gallons of Louisiana Crude and 1.8 million gallons of dispersant in the Gulf of Mexico, a growing body of evidence supports his contentions.

via Corexit: An Oil Spill Solution That Is Worse Than The Problem?.

8
May 13

Whistleblowers: BP Knowingly Poisoned Oil Cleanup Crew » Greener Ideal

Do you remember the Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010? It was all over the news for months and months… and then seemed to simply disappear from the media once BP announced they’d stopped up the gushing oil well.

Whistleblowers are claiming that’s no mistake — and in a recent report from the Government Accountability Project, cleanup crew members have painted a sinister picture. To obscure the true amount of oil spraying into the Gulf on a daily basis, they say, BP immediately began unleashing huge amounts of dispersant. Over 1.84 million gallons of the stuff.

The problem? The dispersant used by BP, a chemical called Corexit, is known to be highly toxic to humans. Exposure can cause a laundry list of symptoms, including kidney and liver damage, seizures, memory loss, and even cancer.

Not only were as many as 47,000 workers potentially exposed to this dangerous chemical, but former oil cleanup crew are reporting that BP intentionally withheld information on how to safely handle Corexit and failed to provide any sort of protective gear to workers.

via Whistleblowers: BP Knowingly Poisoned Oil Cleanup Crew » Greener Ideal.

6
May 13

Remember the BP Oil Spill? Malformed Fish Do: Scientific American Podcast

The Gulf killifish maxes out at about 18 centimeters in length and is ubiquitous all along the U.S. south coast. That makes it a good subject for testing the spilled oil's toxicity.

When a consortium of researchers ran those tests, they found multiple negative effects. The oiled sediments were associated with delayed hatching of embryos, smaller newborns and heart defects. And fewer of the eggs hatched at all, even among those exposed to sediments collected a full year after the oil spill began. Adults captured in the wild showed an immune response to oil in their gills and livers.

These effects might be found in everything from other fish to the famous Gulf shrimp and oysters. We're just beginning to understand the full price of our oil addiction.

via Remember the BP Oil Spill? Malformed Fish Do: Scientific American Podcast.

23
Apr 13

What BP Doesn’t Want You to Know About the 2010 Gulf Spill - Newsweek and The Daily Beast

"It’s as safe as Dawn dishwashing liquid.” That’s what Jamie Griffin says the BP man told her about the smelly, rainbow-streaked gunk coating the floor of the “floating hotel” where Griffin was feeding hundreds of cleanup workers during the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Apparently, the workers were tracking the gunk inside on their boots. Griffin, as chief cook and maid, was trying to clean it. But even boiling water didn’t work.

via What BP Doesn’t Want You to Know About the 2010 Gulf Spill - Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

14
Apr 13

Dead dolphins and shrimp with no eyes found after BP clean-up - Nature - Environment - The Independent

Hundreds of beached dolphin carcasses, shrimp with no eyes, contaminated fish, ancient corals caked in oil and some seriously unwell people are among the legacies that scientists are still uncovering in the wake of BP's Deepwater Horizon spill.

This week it will be three years since the first of 4.9 billion barrels of crude oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico, in what is now considered the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. As the scale of the ecological disaster unfolds, BP is appearing daily in a New Orleans federal court to battle over the extent of compensation it owes to the region.

via Dead dolphins and shrimp with no eyes found after BP clean-up - Nature - Environment - The Independent.

14
Apr 13

Gulf oil spill's effects still has seafood industry nervous | Tampa Bay Times

Three years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Gulf of Mexico seafood industry is still holding its breath and expecting the worst. After all, sick fish are still turning up off Louisiana. Scientists are still probing potential problems with crabs and shrimp."There's still a lot of nervousness," said Bob Jones of the Southeastern Fisheries Association, a commercial fishing trade group based in Tallahassee.How nervous is the seafood industry? After the Times ran an article this month on the discovery that the 2010 oil spill caused a mass die-off of microscopic fish in the gulf, the Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition offered the reporter an all-expenses-paid trip to New Orleans.

via Gulf oil spill's effects still has seafood industry nervous | Tampa Bay Times.

11
Apr 13

Fuel Fix » BP shareholders question ‘extortionate’ Gulf oil spill claims

Angry British shareholders of oil giant BP urged the company Thursday to be more forceful in its legal fight against tens of billions of dollars in claims still being asserted by the U.S. government and several Gulf states affected by the 2010 oil spill. One suggested BP boycott Walt Disney World in Florida to get Americans “to come to their senses.”

via Fuel Fix » BP shareholders question ‘extortionate’ Gulf oil spill claims.

28
Mar 13

Former BP Engineer Kurt Mix Still Deleting 'Stuff,' Government Alleges - Forbes

Former BP drilling engineer Kurt Mix was arrested last April on charges of obstructing justice related to information that he had collected, and allegedly deleted, during his role of trying to stop oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 BP oil spill. Mix and other engineers had worked tirelessly to calculate the flow rate of oil from the Macondo Well in order to develop a means of stopping the spill.

via Former BP Engineer Kurt Mix Still Deleting 'Stuff,' Government Alleges - Forbes.

27
Mar 13

BP Ignored Halliburton Blowout Risk Warning, Witness Says - Bloomberg

BP Plc (BP/) was warned days before its Gulf of Mexico well exploded that its decision to forgo 15 stabilizers meant the effort to seal gas leaks with cement could result in an increased blowout risk called “channeling,” a Halliburton Co. (HAL) witness testified.

Nathaniel Chaisson, Halliburton’s cementing services coordinator, testified today in New Orleans federal court as part of a trial to determine fault for the disaster. Chaisson said he reminded BP’s well-site leader and drilling engineer that his company recommended 21 stabilizers to center the drill pipe in the well.

Chaisson said BP told him on April 16, 2010, four days before the blast, that there would only be six stabilizers, also known as centralizers. Jesse Gagliano, a Halliburton engineer, advised BP five days before the explosion that the well had a “severe risk” of natural gas leaks with only six of the devices, which could lead to an explosive blowout, according to court filings.

via BP Ignored Halliburton Blowout Risk Warning, Witness Says - Bloomberg.

24
Mar 13

Gulf Seafood Deformities Alarm Scientists | oceanNRG

New Orleans, LA - “The fishermen have never seen anything like this,” Dr Jim Cowan told Al Jazeera. “And in my 20 years working on red snapper, looking at somewhere between 20 and 30,000 fish, I’ve never seen anything like this either.” Dr Cowan, with Louisiana State University’s Department of Oceanography and CoastalSciences started hearing about fish with sores and lesions from fishermen in November 2010.

via Gulf Seafood Deformities Alarm Scientists | oceanNRG.

19
Mar 13

Fuel Fix » BP withheld data from rig crew in Gulf disaster, expert says

NEW ORLEANS — The crew of the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 was well trained and followed standard procedures before the oil spill disaster, but critical information was withheld from them by British oil giant BP, a Transocean drilling expert testified Monday.

via Fuel Fix » BP withheld data from rig crew in Gulf disaster, expert says.

7
Mar 13

Coast Guard Sued over Gulf Oil Leak Cover Up | Gulf Oil Spill

f any doubt exists about the U.S. military's role in Gulf of Mexico (GOM) oil disasters, a lawsuit against one of its branches that was filed Tuesday might convince some non-believers. Tuesday, Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper, in collaboration with Waterkeeper Alliance and several GOM Waterkeeper organizations, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the United States Coast Guard over unfulfilled requests for public records related to Taylor Energy's ongoing oil leak in the Gulf.

via Coast Guard Sued over Gulf Oil Leak Cover Up | Gulf Oil Spill.

31
Jan 13

Mystery 'oil sheen' grows near site of BP Gulf disaster, says researcher - Science

A persistent, mysterious "oil sheen" in the Gulf of Mexico near the site of BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster grew to more than seven-miles long and one-mile wide during a recent stretch of calm seas, based on aerial observations made by a former NASA physicist turned environmental activist.

via Mystery 'oil sheen' grows near site of BP Gulf disaster, says researcher - Science.

28
Jan 13

33 months later, oil persists near the Deepwater Horizon site | Stuart H. Smith

When the authorities wanted to restrict the public’s access to the site of the massive spill, Schumaker and her flights have documented both the scope of the spill and the extent of damage to marine life — and she hasn’t let up. In August 2011 and again in October 2012, her photographic evidence has forced BP, the U.S. Coast Guard, and other agencies to acknowledge and to investigate new sightings of fresh oil sheens near where BP’s rig blew up and sank. We’re still not satisfied with BP’s response to the problem, and we’re concerned that the oil may actually be coming from fissures under the sea.

via 33 months later, oil persists near the Deepwater Horizon site | Stuart H. Smith.

16
Dec 12

The national media notices that BP is leaking fresh oil in the Gulf | Stuart H. Smith

A couple of points here. First of all, while it’s a travesty that new oil is still polluting the Gulf after all this time, it’s fantastic to see Bonny Schumaker and On Wings of Care receive national credit for the amazing work that they do. In fact, the CBS piece was illustrated with some of Bonny’s photos that revealed BP’s new pollution. They were pictures that neither BP or the authorities wanted people to see, and Bonny Schumaker showed great courage in obtaining these images and releasing them to the public. The hidden story of Deepwater Horizon is the effort that many private citizens have undertaken to reveal the truth of the spill and its severe impacts on the ecology of the Gulf Coast and on human health.

via The national media notices that BP is leaking fresh oil in the Gulf | Stuart H. Smith.