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Dispersants Used in BP Gulf Oil Spill Linked to Cancer

By Environment News Service

Five of the 57 ingredients in dispersants approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use on oil spills are linked to cancer, finds a new research report based on data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by environmental groups on the Gulf of Mexico.

The report from Earthjustice, an environmental law firm, along with Toxipedia Consulting Services, is based on material released by the U.S. EPA in response to a Freedom of Information Act request made by Earthjustice on behalf of the Gulf Restoration Network and the Florida Wildlife Federation.

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Chemtrail Health and Eco Impacts Prompt Lawsuit


By Rady Ananda

Citrus Heights attorney Joseph H. Marman will soon file a lawsuit against the Shasta County Air Quality Management District in California for failing to ensure good air quality, on behalf of those injured by pollutants used in persistent jet contrails, popularly known as chemtrails.

The type of damage can vary – from reduced agricultural output and reduced solar energy capture, to damaged soils and water systems, to human health problems.

He reported to Food Freedom that he now has enough plaintiffs to pursue the case, but must first file an Administrative claim.

“Typically after I file a government claim, then we have six months in which to file the complaint,” he said.

Depending on what’s loaded in the spray, as well as particle size, aerial spraying impacts health in a variety of ways. Once inhaled or absorbed through the skin, particles can impede gastrointestinal, respiratory, autoimmunity, neurological and cognitive functions.

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BP’s spilled oil is washing up in people

By Sue Sturgis
The Institute For Southern Studies

Today marks nine months since the BP Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig exploded, killing 11 workers and sending millions of gallons of crude oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico. Though the gushing well was capped last July, oil continues to wash ashore along the Gulf Coast. BP’s oil is also washing up in people’s bodies, raising concerns about long-term health effects.

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Gulf Drilling Ban Lifted; Salazar Declares ‘Immediate Crisis’ Is Over

By Mike Ludwig
t r u t h o u t

The Obama administration on Tuesday lifted the temporary ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico set in place after the Deepwater Horizon blowout in April. The moratorium was originally set to expire November 30.

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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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Scientists find thick layer of oil on seafloor for 100s of square miles

By Richard Harris
National Public Radio

Scientists on a research vessel in the Gulf of Mexico are finding a substantial layer of oily sediment stretching for dozens of miles in all directions. Their discovery suggests that a lot of oil from the Deepwater Horizon didn’t simply evaporate or dissipate into the water – it has settled to the seafloor.

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USA-Cuba: Drilling the embargo

By Bob Row

One side-effect of the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf may be a more pragmatic approach to Cuba by the Obama administration. As this article points out, American officials are yet in “working-level discussions” with the Cuban government about the oil spill.

But, beyond the present hour urgencies, there are long term issues at stake. Cuba is about to explore its off-shore oil reserves in the North Basin right in front of the Florida coastal shores with the help of Spanish, Chinese, Brazilian and Norwegian technologies. Suddenly, the American government realizes that they are isolated by virtue of the embargo policy and lack a word in a risky ongoing development concerning a mayor economic place.

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Gulf Oil Spill ‘Could Go Years’ If Not Dealt With

Crude oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill washes ashore in Orange Beach, Ala. June 12, 2010. (Dave Martin, AP)

By F. William Engdahl
Financial Sense

The Obama Administration and senior BP officials are frantically working not to stop the world’s worst oil disaster, but to hide the true extent of the actual ecological catastrophe. Senior  researchers say that the BP drilling hit one of the oil migration channels and that the leakage could continue for years unless decisive steps are undertaken, something that seems far from the present strategy.

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Rate of oil flow into Gulf INCREASING

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BP well may be spewing 100,000 barrels a day, scientist says

By Renee Schoof and Erika Bolstad
McClatchy Newspapers

BP’s runaway Deepwater Horizon well may be spewing what the company once-called its worst case scenario — 100,000 barrels a day, a member of the government panel tasked with determining the size of the spill told McClatchy Monday.

“In the data I’ve seen, there’s nothing inconsistent with BP’s worst case scenario,” Ira Leifer, an associate researcher at the Marine Science Institute of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a member of the government’s Flow Rate Technical Group, told McClatchy.

Leifer said that based on satellite data he’s examined, the rate of flow from the well has been increasing over time, especially since BP’s “top kill” effort failed last month to stanch the flow. The decision last week to sever the well’s damaged riser pipe from the its blowout preventer in order to install a “top hat” containment device has increased the flow still more _ far more, Leifer said, than the 20 percent that BP and the Obama administration predicted.

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Giant Plumes of Oil Found in Gulf of Mexico

La. wildlife treatment center (Jim Wilson NYTimes)

By Justin Gillis
New York Times

Scientists are finding enormous oil plumes in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, including one as large as 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick in spots. The discovery is fresh evidence that the leak from the broken undersea well could be substantially worse than estimates that the government and BP have given.

“There’s a shocking amount of oil in the deep water, relative to what you see in the surface water,” said Samantha Joye, a researcher at the University of Georgia who is involved in one of the first scientific missions to gather details about what is happening in the gulf. “There’s a tremendous amount of oil in multiple layers, three or four or five layers deep in the water column.”

The plumes are depleting the oxygen dissolved in the gulf, worrying scientists, who fear that the oxygen level could eventually fall so low as to kill off much of the sea life near the plumes. 

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‘Volcanic-like’ eruption of oil in Gulf: Wayne Madsen Cover Up report


By Wayne Madsen
OilPrice.com

BUZZ THIS

The Cover-up: BP’s Crude Politics and the Looming Environmental Mega-Disaster

“Submersibles that are  monitoring the escaping oil from the Gulf seabed are viewing television pictures of what is a ‘volcanic-like’ eruption of oil…. If the ocean oil geyser is not stopped within 90 days, there will be irreversible damage to the marine eco-systems of the Gulf of Mexico, north Atlantic Ocean, and beyond.”

WMR has been informed by sources in the US Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Florida Department of Environmental Protection that the Obama White House and British Petroleum (BP), which pumped $71,000 into Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign — more than John McCain or Hillary Clinton, are covering up the magnitude of the volcanic-level oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and working together to limit BP’s liability for damage caused by what can be called a “mega-disaster.”

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