“I’m really mad. I’m finding dead turtles, birds, giant fish and other animals all over the beach. No one comes by to clean them up right away and people come down here and let their kids play next to them. And the water looks like chicken broth.
””It’s so sad,” says Mississippi coastal resident Laurel Lockamy who found a dead sea turtle over the weekend wrapped in orange tape, ready for retrieval.Turtles are just the latest sea life deaths to get federal attention.
So far this year, at least 134 dolphins have been found stranded along the Gulf coast, about four times the average number. Nearly half of the dolphins were newborns or juveniles. Earlier this year NOAA issued an Unusual Mortality Event for dolphins, which triggers a federal investigation into the deaths.
My Note –
First the people counting the affected wildlife only considered a small number of key indicator species, rather than tallying all of them found. And, then the reports coming in like this one which indicates there is not really any reasonably coordinated manner to add in the multitude of marine animal deaths that have been occurring along the entire Gulf of Mexico corridor. And, on top of that, there will be thirty more years of studying made from those deaths before anyone at the EPA or in any of these states will say they can be in any way attributable to the oil industry spill and Deepwater Horizon spill or the toxic chemical dispersant COREXIT used immediately during and after the spill at the insistence of BP.
And, worst of all – when I noticed what Qaddafi incorporated was demanding and getting from the oil industry concerning the oil harvesting in Libya, compared to what the US and any of the states along the Gulf Coast of the US receive – it is just wrong, way wrong. The oil companies paid a billion dollar sign on bonus to Libya (Qaddafi) and only get to receive 12% of the profits from the oil while Libya and the Qaddafi family through the Libya Investment Authority would get the rest. And, the oil companies had to pay for the equipment, engineering, harvesting, retrieval and drilling (and transport facilities / shipping and pipelines) for that oil at their own expense and not Libya’s. We’re doing it completely backasswards to that. And, then getting screwed, I might add – every time there is something that goes wrong and we have to pay for it. We also get higher prices on gasoline, diesel and jet fuel every time there is a whisper of something that might go wrong in all of it. And, we’re subsidizing their industry at every level of it.
It was our USGS that examined and studied the shale oil deposits for the oil industry, and the deep-sea offshore reserves, the onshore oil reserves, the Alaska oil reserves, the Minnesota oil reserves, and most of those around the world for them too – at our expense. Along with other tax breaks, incentives, industry subsidies, refinery and shipping subsidies, odd little engineering subsidies for these off-shore derricks and the subsea transport systems and robotics to get the oil off loaded, etc. , etc., etc., – we’ve been screwed.
And, it never ends even though their profits and returns are through the roof.
Maybe we just need to hire the Qaddafi family to get our oil companies to treat us right and get him and his bunch out of Libya where they can’t do anything but damage the people there. Maybe they need to be the ones getting the oilfield deals made for us – or someone doing it in the manner that they have – among our states and US government agencies involved with it.