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The Oil and the Turtles

By Alex Shoumatoff
Vanity Fair

Every year, Rancho Nuevo, 900 miles southwest of the Deepwater Horizon blowout, sees a spectacular phenomenon: the arribada—mass nesting—of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, which has already neared extinction. This year, thousands of baby ridleys swam off toward a deadly new enemy.

Ridley-turtle hatchlings head into the Gulf in Tamaulipas, Mexico. (Gary Braasch)

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Evidence Mounts of BP Spraying Toxic Dispersants

Corexit tanks, September 1, 2010. (Photo: Shirley Tillman)

By Dahr Jamail
Monday 13 September 2010

Shirley Tillman logged what she and her husband saw while working for BP in the Gulf cleanup. They took hundreds of photos. The Tillmans confirm, both with what they logged in writing as well as in photos, what Truthout has reported before: BP has hired out-of-state contractors to use unregistered boats, usually of the Carolina Skiff variety, to spray toxic Corexit dispersants on oil located by VOO workers, writes Dahr Jamail.

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Obama Oil Spill Commission blocks sampling by scientists and news crews

By Florida Oil Spill Law

Up to 40 million gallons of dispersants used, some scientists say, based on the amount needed to sink the oil now on the seabed.

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Is BP Blackmailing the Feds?

By Kate Sheppard
Mother Jones

When the details on the deal between the federal government and BP to set up a $20 billion fund to compensate spill victims were released last month, I reported on concerns that the design of the fund might compromise its long-term viability and create a conflict of interest in cracking down on BP’s misdeeds. The fund was designed in such a way that it basically hinges on keeping BP’s Gulf-drilling subsidiary in production and turning a profit.

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BP ultimatum: Let us drill or funds will dry up

By Daniel Tencer
Raw Story

Oil giant BP is telling lawmakers that if it isn’t allowed to get new offshore drilling permits in the Gulf, it will not be able to afford to pay for the damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the New York Times reported in its Friday edition. The Times reports the UK-based oil giant is on the warpath against a drilling reform bill passed by the House earlier this summer that would effectively bar BP from getting new drilling permits in the US.

The CLEAR Act, passed by the House in July, includes an amendment (PDF) that states any oil company that has received more than $10 million in safety fines, or has seen more than 10 workers killed in the past seven years, is barred from being granted new drilling permits. The Times notes that, currently, only BP fits that criteria.

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Water ‘sample exploded’ when chemist tested for oil; ‘Most likely’ methane or Corexit

Transcript excerpts by Florida Oil Spill Law


Kids playing in water found to have 221 parts per million oil and walking in sand that has 211 ppm; normal is ‘none detected’. [Oil is toxic at 11 ppm, Corexit 9500 at only 2.61 ppm, per Protect the Oceans. All beaches remain open to the public.]

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The Declaration of Corporate Independence

By Horatio Algeranon
(with a little help from the Founding Fathers)

When in the Course of oil drilling, it becomes necessary for one Corporation (BP) to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with The Small People, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and fundamentally un-equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of The Small People requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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The Final End of the Hydrocarbon Fuel Paradigm

By Tom Termotto Ph.D.
Atlantic Free Press

These are the realities on the ground (undersea floor), in the water (Gulf of Mexico & Seven Seas), and in the air (atmosphere) in the wake of the Oil & Gas Industry operations around the globe, as it has operated for well over 100 years. For illustration purposes let’s just focus on the northern Gulf Coast of Mexico, since that is where Mother Earth has directed our collective attention. We can do this quickly by consulting the following map of the oil and gas platforms that were in operation throughout the Gulf of Mexico in 2006 (per Wikipedia).

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Sea Creatures Flee Oil Spill, Gather Near Shore

A dolphin rises up out of the water off the coast near Grand Terre Island off the coast of Louisiana on Monday, June 14, 2010. Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill continues to impact areas across the coast of gulf states. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle)


June 17, 2010 “AP” — GULF SHORES, Ala. — Dolphins and sharks are showing up in surprisingly shallow water just off the Florida coast. Mullets, crabs, rays and small fish congregate by the thousands off an Alabama pier. Birds covered in oil are crawling deep into marshes, never to be seen again.

Marine scientists studying the effects of the BP disaster are seeing some strange — and troubling — phenomena.

Fish and other wildlife are fleeing the oil out in the Gulf and clustering in cleaner waters along the coast. But that is not the hopeful sign it might appear to be, researchers say.

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The Spill, the Scandal and the President

By Tim Dickinson
Rolling Stones

On May 27th, more than a month into the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, Barack Obama strode to the podium in the East Room of the White House. For weeks, the administration had been insisting that BP alone was to blame for the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf – and the ongoing failure to stop the massive leak. “They have the technical expertise to plug the hole,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs had said only six days earlier. “It is their responsibility.” The president, Gibbs added, lacked the authority to play anything more than a supervisory role – a curious line of argument from an administration that has reserved the right to assassinate American citizens abroad and has nationalized much of the auto industry. “If BP is not accomplishing the task, can you just federalize it?” a reporter asked. “No,” Gibbs replied.

Now, however, the president was suddenly standing up to take command of the cleanup effort. “In case you were wondering who’s responsible,” Obama told the nation, “I take responsibility.”  Continue reading

My BP Mole Spills the Secrets of BP’s Cleanup Ops

By Mac McClelland
Mother Jones

BP‘s got a mole working on its cleanup team. The company might be able to keep the press from getting to oiled-up Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge, but as long as people have cell phones, it’s going to have a hell of a time keeping Elmer’s Island from getting to the press.

Late Wednesday night I talked to a spill worker involved in the efforts to clean up South Louisiana’s barrier islands.

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BP media blitz: Lies, deception and CYA bullshit

BP cleans up on political connections

By Derrick Z. Jackson
Boston Globe

IT IS DIFFICULT to conceive of a more resounding insult to our intelligence than BP’s full-page advertisements in the New York Times and USA Today about its response to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The BP ad begins, “Since the tragic accident on the Transocean Deepwater Horizon rig first occurred, we have been committed to doing everything possible to stop the flow of oil at the seabed, collect the oil on the surface and keep it away from the shore . . . on the seabed, we are using multiple technologies to reduce the flow of oil and ultimately stop it.’’

This is after multiple failures to use intelligence.

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