Who in the hell tours a disaster area and only looks at the clean parts, Mr. President? Who on your team decided not to show you with the fishermen and the families of those killed on the Deepwater Horizon?
How is it that you didn’t have a route through those marsh areas that are now thick with crude oil and completely dead zones?
Why was it that the only beach you saw had dime-sized tar balls with three hundred people cleaning the beach behind you on a beach that had already been cleaned of the oil that comes up every time the high tide draws it up?
Why didn’t you go and see the flimsy booms that have caused the United States to be mocked around the world for United States officials not knowing any better than to use something as crappy and poorly designed as that?
Why is the Navy using serious hard booms to contain the oil, but BP and their Marine Spill Response Corporation contractors not using them?
Why does the Louisiana National Guard have those containment systems with absorbents that are non-toxic in them to protect beaches from the oil – but BP and the Coast Guard and the Marine Spill Response Corporation contractors not using that system everywhere along the islands, estuaries, marine wildlife preserves, nature sanctuaries, salt water marches and beaches along the Coast?
Why does the Louisiana National Guard have NOAQ type flood protection barrier systems to fill with air or water to protect the beaches and prevent oil from entering sensitive areas – but none of these others particularly BP and the oil industry Marine Spill Response Corporation have them nor are they ordering them for use in these areas to protect them and to contain the oil?
Why is the BP corporation holding up approval of the money to dredge the sand berms that Louisiana and her parishes want that have the potential to keep the oil out of irreplaceable marshes and estuaries?
Why does BP and its brain trust continue to use the same plan they had in the first place which was the basically same plan that has been updated but virtually unchanged since 1979 and 1985, even though much of it has been known to not work and have dangerous consequences left in the region after the event for several decades thereafter?
– cricketdiane, 05-29-10
Would somebody fill a bathtub half full of crude oil and put Shell Oil’s ex-executive Hofmeister in it and let him have a nice sandwich to go with it that is covered in oil mixed with dispersant?
And then give that same bath of crude oil mixed on top of the bathwater to everyone on this list – let Mr. T. Oilman Boone Pickens, Country Cousins BP Tony Hayward, Be a BP PR Man Doug Suttles and Rise to the Interests of the Oil Industry and BP Robert Dudley and any other “oil expert” that says there isn’t a reason to panic take a bath in the crude oil and the crude oil raw petroleum with a bit of it mixed together with COREXIT toxic chemical dispersant.
Then, we’ll decide whether there is a reason to panic or not and whether they have any health hazards after we study them awhile.
That would be fair.
Personally, I’ve been in a small bathroom with the remnants of burnt diesel petroleum products and burnt petroleum motor oils in my own home – and cleaned it off the bathtub where my last husband left it. I’m telling you – all of the petroleum products of any and every kind – in fluid forms especially, have chemical hazards labeling. Every single one of them and they are not right for human health, animal health and well-being.
I would really believe these men were experts in this if they had the reality check to sit their bodies down into a bath with raw petroleum crude filling half of that bathwater – because then they would know what I know if they had to experience it for even ten minutes. Then they would be an expert whose opinions about whether to panic or not might begin to make some sense.
But, I don’t know – maybe they’d eat that sandwich with the COREXIT saturating it and sit in petroleum crude oil in their bathrooms and never notice that some things are significantly wrong for the living creatures being subjected to it right now throughout the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf Coast of the United States, especially the state of Louisiana.
I think all they care about are the losses of revenues and tourism lost. There is a lot more long-range damages than that in this situation. And, I don’t care if you can see the oil off the horizon or not – there is a major catastrophe here of historic proportions.
– cricketdiane, 05-29-10; 11.59 pm ET
The list of dead marine animals does not include birds, sharks, porpoises, squid, fishes, whale calves, sting rays, and countless others – I’m not sure where they are being listed but CNN reported over the last couple days that there was a veterinary recovery group cleaning birds that was forced to not have any information on their site about the birds or numbers of birds they have recovered and cleaned or retrieved dead.
Also a great number of marine animals are dying or in distress that end up at the bottom of the ocean.
This is today’s NOAA account of sea turtles and dolphin –
Fishery closure update (effective May 29):
- NOAA Fisheries Service revised the fishery closure effective 6:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 28. The closure now encompasses approximately 25 percent of the federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico exclusive economic zone.
Marine mammals and turtles (effective May 28):
- The total number of sea turtles verified from April 30 to May 28 within the designated spill area is 240. The 240 turtles verified include three entirely oiled sea turtles that were captured alive during dedicated on-water surveys: two small Kemp’s Ridley and a larger sub-adult Loggerhead turtle. They were taken to the Audubon Aquarium where they are undergoing care and are doing well. In addition, 224 dead and 13 live stranded turtles (of which three subsequently died in rehab) have been verified. A total of 12 live turtles are now in rehabilitation. One of the live stranded turtles –caught in marine debris — was disentangled and released. One of the turtles that stranded dead – a Kemp’s ridley – had visible evidence of external oil. All others that stranded dead and alive have not had visible external oil. Turtle strandings during this time period have been higher in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama than in previous years for this same time period. This may be due in part to increased detection and reporting, but this does not fully account for the increase.
- From April 30 to May 28, there have been 25 dead dolphins verified within the designated spill area. So far, one of the 25 dolphins had evidence of external oil. It was found on an oiled beach. We are unable at this time to determine whether the animal was externally covered in oil prior to its death or after its death. The other 24 dolphins have had no visible evidence of external oil. Since April 30, the stranding rate for dolphins in Louisiana has been higher than the historic numbers for the same time period in previous years. This may be due to increased detection and reporting and the lingering effects of the earlier observed spike in strandings.
*Strandings are defined as dead or debilitated animals that wash ashore