- On August 4, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA), a Department of Commerce agency, reported that:
- "The vast majority of the oil from the BP oil spill
has either evaporated or been burned, skimmed, recovered from the wellhead
or dispersed, much of which is in the process of being degraded....this
is the direct result of the robust federal response efforts."
- The same day at an AFL/CIO convention, Obama hailed the
news, saying "the long battle to stop the leak and contain the oil
is finally close to coming to an end."
- False. From the start, the Obama administration conspired
with BP, imposing censorship and cover-up, barring the public and news
media from coming within 65 feet of clean-up of "booming operations,
boom, or oil spill response operations under penalty of law" without
Coast Guard-authorized permission.
- The agency is a virtual BP arm, now retired Admiral Thad
Allen its de facto representative as National Incident Commander, doing
its bidding, suppressing the disaster's severity, including enforcing the
FAA's mid-June announced no-fly zone, not needed if there was nothing to
hide. There's plenty, why journalists and other violators faced up to five
years in prison and a $40,000 fine for telling the truth, now mostly hidden,
- On August 4, responding to NOAA, Kieran Suckling, executive
director of Center for Biological Diversity said the following:
- "The overly rosy tone of (NOAA's) report may leave
the false impression that this crisis is somehow nearing an end. But much
of the oil that the government refers to has simply been broken apart and
remains in the ecosystem. It's like taking separated salad dressing and
shaking up the bottle so the oil and vinegar mix. You may not be able to
see (it), but it's there."
- "That unseen oil, though, is what will foul the
Gulf for years, (perhaps generations), eating away at the basic elements
of the food chain that are the building blocks for fisheries, birds, sea
turtles and mammal populations."
- Louisiana State University (LSU) biological oceanographer
Robert Carney says scientists are finding plenty of oil, under Louisiana
islands, beneath Florida beaches, and in unseen ocean reaches.
- Biological oceanographers Markus Huettel and Joel Kostka
discovered large oil swaths up to two feet deep on a "cleaned"
Pensacola beach. With little oxygen, it'll remain for decades. It gets
trapped underground when tiny droplets penetrate porous sand or when waves
wash it ashore, burying it. Huettel explained further that previous oil
under beaches migrates into groundwater, causing hazards to wildlife and
humans, not knowing what they're drinking is contaminated.
- He noted also that deep sea spills are "unchartered
territory," dispersants for the first time used at depths down to
5,000 feet, settling oil on the seafloor, the mixture suspended and preserved,
causing long-term harm for deep-sea animals, and disrupting a large part
of the food chain.
- University of South Florida (USF) chemical oceanographer
David Hollander is also alarmed, calling the 75% claim "ludicrous."
USF scientists and Vernon Asper, University of Southern Mississippi oceanographer,
were "lambasted" by NOAA and Coast Guard officials when they
reported a giant undersea plume, NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco telling
them to stop "speculating" when, according to Asper, "We
had solid evidence, rock solid."
- Hollander said "What we learned completely changes
the idea of what an oil spill is. It has gone from a two-dimensional disaster
to a three-dimensional catastrophe," NOAA and other government agencies
enforcing cover-up, denial, and distorted media reports.
- On August 8, Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy
Director Carol Browner told NBC's Meet the Press that "the vast majority
of oil is gone." On the same day, Thad Allen, on CBS' Face the Nation,
congratulated BP for a job well done, criticizing only its PR errors, smoothing
the way to end the oil drilling moratorium, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Regulation Director Michael Bromwich saying expect it "significantly
in advance of November 30."
- Hazardous Toxins Threaten Gulf Coast Residents
- Combined with millions of gallons of Corexit, a deadly
dispersant, the mix is extremely toxic and dangerous, the Gulf poisoned
and potentially lethal for decades, perhaps generations. Nothing in it
should be ingested, nor is living close by safe, what BP, Washington and
the major media won't explain. As a result, the health and welfare of millions
of residents are at risk as well as anyone eating Gulf seafood. Responsible
federal and state officials would ban it. Instead the all-clear's been
given. Don't be fooled.
- Marine toxicologist Riki Ott said if she lived in the
area with children, she'd leave. On July 31, she flew over affected parts
of the Gulf with a documentary filmmaker and local shrimper, a man who
grew up the area, fearing his livelihood was destroyed, saying:
- "I've fished in all these waters - everywhere you
can see. It's all oiled. This is the worst I've seen. This is a heartbreak...."
- At low altitudes, oil was visible everywhere, despite
most of it submerged. "As far as we could see: Oil....The official
story does not match the reality (below or what local residents report).
BP has created a Frankenstein."
- Minimally, over 44,000 square miles of ocean are contaminated,
an area comparable to Ohio or Pennsylvania. Some estimates say nearly 80,000,
more than Florida and Massachusetts combined, the health hazard immense,
the waters causing "internal bleeding and hemorrhaging in workers
and dolphins alike," according to senior EPA analyst Hugh Kaufman,
a rare responsible official.
- On Democracy Now, he accused BP and the administration
of cover-up and deceit, including using dispersants "to hide the volume
of oil that has been released," far more than official reports, to
save BP up to billions in fines. "That's the purpose of using dispersants,
not to protect the public health or environment. Quite the opposite."
- After 9/11, Kaufman was ombudsman investigator for Ground
Zero, exposing EPA lies about air safety, causing widespread illnesses
and death, seeing a repeat for Gulf residents, "EPA administrators
saying the air is safe and the water is safe."
- False, because of "dispersants mixed with oil and
air pollution." The official lie endangers tens of thousands, maybe
millions, retired toxicologist and forensic chemist John Laseter explaining
that the oil-solvent mix sticks on biological tissue, wreaking havoc.
- Dispersants make oil penetrate more deeply into skin,
a "delivery system" into the anatomies of humans and wildlife,
the combination more deadly than either alone, some observers believing
far greater quantities of dispersants have been used than reported, J.
Speer Williams for one in his July 22 Rense.com article titled "Who
Killed The Gulf?" accessed through the following link:
- Explaining the ongoing dark side of a disturbing story,
Williams cites Christopher Reddy, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
associate scientist of marine chemistry and geochemistry saying BP used
one million BARRELS of Corexit or 42 million gallons, not the two million
gallons reported, some reports claiming less. If he's right, the toxicity
and long-term threat far exceed the worst estimates of reliable scientists,
a hellish nightmare for the entire Gulf coast area, Dr. Seth Forman and
others comparing Corexit to Agent Orange, the deadly defoliant used in
Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
- Millions of gallons were sprayed with devastating effects,
its deadly dioxin one of the most toxic known substances, a potent carcinogenic
human immune system suppressant. It accumulates in adipose tissue and the
liver, alters living cell structures, causes congenital disorders and birth
defects, and contributes to diseases like cancer and type two diabetes.
In the 1960s and 70s, it affected millions exposed, Southeast Asians and
Americans alike. Expect a repeat today, what BP, the administration and
- Hugh Kaufman sees tens of thousands of Gulf coast residents
at risk and anyone eating the seafood. They'll "end up with cancer,
genetic mutations, or some other mysterious unexplained illnesses (years
- After the Exxon Valdez disaster, most workers and others
exposed to dispersants and oil died young, their average age about 50,
another shocking story never reported, a window into the far greater calamity
ahead, the Gulf catastrophe infinitely greater, the equivalent of three
- four Exxon Valdez incidents a week, using Exxon's 11 million gallon figure.
The state of Alaska's conservative estimate was over 30 million gallons,
- Today, independent scientists report hazardous levels
of oil and dispersants in the Gulf, ashore, and in the air, including carcinogenic
benzene and oil vapors (Volatile Organic Compounds - VOCs), as early as
1948, the American Petroleum Institute saying, "The only absolutely
safe concentration for benzene is zero."
- Now it's off the charts contaminating a wide area, one
element in a deadly toxic brew, the administration and BP claiming the
threat is over, the environment safe, normality fast returning - the official
lie, the Obama administration fronting for BP, complicit in its crimes,
contributing to a greater disaster instead of preventing it by enforcing
responsible policies in the first place, ones absent, assuring other calamities
from future oil drilling operations, especially offshore in deep water,
where technology and safety concerns haven't kept up with the rush to plunge
deep holes in the earth, damn the hazards and millions of lives at risk.
- Final Thoughts
- The lives and livelihoods of Gulf residents are at risk,
the entire area economically damaged, BP establishing a paltry $20 billion
compensation fund for victims, containing a slim $3 billion deposit, the
idea being to help BP, not them, claims czar Kenneth Feinberg appointed
to assure it, a man notorious for serving wealth and power interests.
- Earlier, he managed a similar account for 9/11 victims,
then later was appointed pay czar for bailed out Wall Street banks and
other companies. Like BP ombudsman Stanley Sporkin, he's a notorious "fixer,"
fronting for power, not people, earlier negotiating a lawsuit settlement
for Agent Orange producers, benefitting them, not affected veterans, getting
$1,200 not to litigate.
- He later performed similar services for AH Robins, maker
of the Dalkon Shield, injuring 235,000 women with potentially lethal pelvic
infections, a settlement giving most of them $725 or less.
- He's now point man in charge of doing to Gulf residents
what he did earlier, saving corporate criminals billions, getting victims
to waive their right to sue in return for amounts too meager to matter.
In a recent Wall Street Journal interview, he said:
- "When I go to the Gulf, I hear a lot about the underground
economy. 'Mr. Feinberg, I got paid $5,000 a month all cash. Do I have a
claim?' Well, you have to prove your claim. There's nothing illegal about
all cash business, but do you have your tax return....Do you have documentary
evidence....Will your ship captain vouch for the $5,000....I need something.
I can't be paying claims that can't be proven. And I can tell you that
this is going to be a big issue."
- Indeed it will, reports confirming Feinberg on BP's payroll,
his mandate being to deny, deny, deny, or pay minimum amounts, mostly in
lump sums, victims waiving their right to litigate, even those losing livelihoods
and years of lost income.
- Washington is corporate-occupied territory, politicians
bribed with millions of dollars, favors, and lucrative revolving door jobs
out of office. As long as a government/industry cabal runs America, wealth
and power interests alone will matter, letting companies like BP destroy
the environment, our welfare and lives, expendable for greater profits,
assured under Democrats and Republicans, two wings of the money party.
- On May 4, National Geographic asked if the "Gulf
Oil Spill (was) a 'Dead Zone in the Making,' " saying if it can't
be contained it could happen. An early August update explained that beneath
the surface lies:
- "a turbid cloud of stirred-up sediment and dead
sea creatures. Flaccid jellyfish floated on the flat currents of tiny corpses.
On the sea bottom the waters were gray and terribly empty. No coral, no
fish, no algae, nothing but the noxious oily streaks of red tides and lethal
plankton blooms. Everything in this 7,000 square-mile zone (the size of
Connecticut and Rhode Island combined) has died from lack of oxygen. It
(was) if every person in a city were suddenly sucked dry of air and suffocated...."
- Other researchers agree, saying the Gulf's dead zone
doubled in the last year, and may be larger than estimated. Caused by hypoxia
(low oxygen levels), it stretches across the Mississippi River Delta along
Louisiana's coastline into Texas. According to the Louisiana Universities
Marine Consortium, it's the world's second largest and growing, covering
about 7,700 square miles, an area nearly the size of New Jersey. Marine
biologists attribute it to oil and dispersants, as well as nitrogen and
phosphorous fertilizer runoffs, soil erosion, animal wastes, sewage, and
seasonal weather, notably hurricanes and floods.
- They occur globally, but the Gulf's approaches the largest
ever recorded in 1985 at just over 8,000 square miles, some scientists
believing that number's been eclipsed but not verified, most reputable
ones agreeing that a vast area has been poisoned, creating alarming hazards
for wildlife and millions of people. It'll be years before the full impact
is known, but it's guaranteed to be catastrophic.
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