Once warring tribes now ally to defeat mining and drilling
By John Perkins
Lessons from the Dongria Kondh: With greater power to build alliances across boundaries, the Davids of the world are having more success throwing off the Goliaths
It was the kind of fight in which the power seems so one-sided that the conclusion is foregone. The indigenous Dongria Kondh of Niyamgiri, India, saw their homeland and their sacred mountains threatened by Vedanta Resources, an international mining company that planned to build an enormous bauxite mine in the heart of their land. The Dongria used themselves as roadblocks to keep Vedanta employees away, but it was hard to imagine that their resistance would have long-term effects.
Posted in Environment, Food & Farming, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Region: Honduras, Region: Iceland, Region: India, Region: Latin America, Resistance
Tagged Amazon resistance, avatar victory, BP oil catastrophe, defeating corporatism, Dongria Kondh, Environment, indigenous tribes, Land Rights, people vs profits, populism
By Kate Sheppard
(Image) In the days after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar appointed a panel to assess the problems at the Minerals Management Service (now the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement) that may have made the disaster more likely. The Outer Continental Shelf Safety Oversight Board released its findings on Wednesday, and they weren’t pretty. “It is honest,” Secretary Ken Salazar said of the report. “It does not sugar-coat problems.”
By Nnimmo Bassey
Fresh from a trip to the Gulf of Mexico, Nnimmo Bassey discusses the intertwining of oil and fishing within local livelihoods and suspicions that BP’s post-spill response has been more cover-up than clean-up. While Bassey never saw any tarballs, reports of their appearance abound, like this recent video:
By Rady Ananda
Imagine our declining pollinators – bees, moths, butterflies and bats – coming upon thousands of acres of toxic trees, genetically engineered so that every cell in the tree exudes pesticide, from crown to root. Imagine a world without pollinators. Without seed dispersers. Without soil microbes.
It would be a silent forest, a killing forest, an alien forest. No wonder Vandana Shiva scoffs at the moniker, biotechnology. “This is not a life technology. It’s a death science.”
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Bioweaponry, BP oil Gulf, Censorship, Environment, Exopolitics, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Weather Modification
Tagged atmospheric geoengineering, biodiversity, biosphere, biotechnology, BP oil catastrophe, chemtrails, extinction level event, GE trees, genetic engineering, Genetically Engineered Trees, global justice ecology project, gulf of mexico oil disaster, hydrosphere, pollution, rady ananda, Silent Forest: The Growing Threat, vandana shiva
By Kate Sheppard
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.
By Daniel Tencer
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.
By Florida Oil Spill Law
RED ALERT: Lab report confirms highly toxic levels of Corexit’s 2-Butoxyethanol, used to sink oil from the BP Gulf oil spill, at 50.3 PPM found in sickened family swimming pool just one hour north of Tampa, Florida. [Ed. Note: Oil is toxic at 11 ppm, Corexit 9500 at only 2.61 ppm, per Protect the Oceans.]
By Gina M. Solomon and Sarah Janssen
Journal of the American Medical Assn.
16 Aug 2010 doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1254
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico poses direct threats to human health from inhalation or dermal contact with the oil and dispersant chemicals, and indirect threats to seafood safety and mental health. Physicians should be familiar with health effects from oil spills to appropriately advise, diagnose, and treat patients who live and work along the Gulf Coast or wherever a major oil spill occurs.
Posted in BP oil Gulf, Energy, Environment, Healthcare
Tagged aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene, Birth defects, BP oil catastrophe, bp oilspill cancer, bp oilspill health effects, bp oilspill tumors, central nervous system depression, CNS, JAMA gulf oil health effects, leukemia, naphthalene, respiratory problems, teratogen, toluene, VOCs, xylene
By Kate Sheppard
In addition to efforts to convince us that the oil is all gone in the Gulf (it’s not), the government has been promoting the idea that seafood from the region is totally safe. Obama himself has been banging this drum, noshing on plenty of seafood during his trip to the region last week, serving it up at his birthday bash, and of course, taking a dip in the Gulf with his daughter.
But how safe is it really? A study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that there may be good reason to be concerned about the long-term impacts, even if the seafood is safe for most people to eat right now.
Posted in BP oil Gulf, Energy, Environment, FDA, USDA, Food & Farming, Healthcare, Obama and Company
Tagged BP oil catastrophe, dispersants, fda approved, noaa approved, obama shill, seafood, toxic gulf seafood
By Dahr Jamail
BILOXI, Mississippi, Aug 20, 2010 – The U.S. state of Mississippi recently reopened all of its fishing areas. The problem is that commercial shrimpers refuse to trawl because they fear the toxicity of the waters and marine life due to the BP oil disaster.
“We come out and catch all our Mississippi oysters right here,” James “Catfish” Miller, a commercial shrimper in Mississippi, told IPS. Pointing to the area in the Mississippi Sound from his shrimp boat, he added, “It’s the only place in Mississippi to catch oysters, and there is oil and dispersants all over the top of it.”
Posted in BP oil Gulf, Economy Economics, Energy, Environment, FDA, USDA, Food & Farming
Tagged BP oil catastrophe, dispersants, gulf shrimpers, toxic fish, toxic shrimp
By Rady Ananda
Anything coming from the Gulf of Mexico is being tested for contamination by oil, but not for contamination by chemical oil dispersants, reports the Palm Beach Post.
By William Blum
Anti Empire Report
On May 19, in a congressional hearing, Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) asked BP America President Lamar McKay: “Is there any technology that exists that you know of that could have prevented this from happening?”
“I don’t know of a piece of technology that could have prevented it,” replied McKay.
Given the extremely grave consequences of a deepwater oil-drilling accident that’s a pretty good argument that such operations are too risky and dangerous to be permitted, is it not?
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.
A whale shark feeds at the surface six miles off Orange Beach. Three whale sharks have been spotted swimming in heavy oil four miles from the gushing Deepwater Horizon wellhead, concerning scientists. (Press-Register/Ben Raines)
By Ben Raines
(See undersea video at original article)
Last week, scientists cheered the discovery of one of the largest groups of whale sharks ever sighted in the northern Gulf of Mexico — about 100 animals feeding on the surface over a deepwater feature off Louisiana called the Ewing Bank.
This week’s report: Three whale sharks swimming in heavy oil four miles from the gushing Deepwater Horizon wellhead.
“Our worst fears are realized. They are not avoiding the spill area,” said Eric Hoffmayer, the University of Southern Mississippi scientist who found the large aggregation last week. “Those animals are going to succumb. Taking mouthfuls of oil is not good. It is not the toxicity that will kill them. It’s that oil is going to be sticking to their gills and everything else.”
Posted in Animals, BP oil Gulf, Energy, Environment
Tagged bp extinction level event, bp gulf of mexico, BP ocean killers, BP oil catastrophe, bp whale sharks, kill the ocean killers, stop oil drilling, whale shark extinction
By Robert C. Koehler
The gap between the diffuse human yearning for a decent world and the organized agenda of the corporatocracy has never, in my lifetime, been wider.
I continue to be unable to turn away from the Gulf and what seems to be the unceremonious ushering in of a new age, a new awareness — or maybe just the beginning of the end of our amped-up, gated, reckless civilization . . . and all that has a chance to come after it.
What the spill has yet to reach are the headquarters of corporate power and the consciences ensconced therein. The arrogance of the great capitalists remains undamaged, as they busy themselves with post-disaster job one: fending off what they fear will be a tide of market-fettering regulations and restrictions curbing their freedom to plunder the planet.
Posted in Animals, BP oil Gulf, Economy Economics, Energy, Environment, War and Peace
Tagged bob koehler, BP oil catastrophe, drilling, economy, ecoterrorism, Environment, ice caps, mining, precautionary principle, profit vs people, profit vs planet, rogue capitalism, toxic dispersant rain, wars of domination
By Gulf Emergency Summit
Kindra Arnesen warns citizens that industry and government are not cleaning the spill in this excerpt from the Gulf Emergency Summit held on June 19, 2010:
Kevin Reed, 36, of Pensacola breaks down and weeps upon seeing the oil-defiled shores of Pensacola Beach on June 23, 2010. Reed's father taught him to swim in these waters, and Reed just taught his five year old son to swim here. "This will never be the same," he says. "I'd like to take the CEO of BP and jam his face in that pile on the beach."
By Various Sources
See large images at TampaBay.com
NAPLES NEWS June 24:
A Florida beach was closed to visitors for the first time because of the Gulf oil spill Thursday as workers tried to remove pools of black sludge from Pensacola Beach’s once-white sands.
Subsea methane mound
By Upstream Online
22 June 2010 22:46 GMT
As much as 1 million times the normal level of methane gas has been found in some regions near the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, enough to potentially deplete oxygen and create a dead zone, US scientists said today.