important study: must see video
       It is about time the scientists started studying the microbial life in the gulf.  This makes the Restore Act even more idiotic and dangerous.

       Below from C3 list.


This is not good news. Changes in microorganisms are occurring on the beaches of the Gulf coast, and these same changes occurred in Alaska just before the collapse of the fisheries there.-- elizabeth

The high cost of the Restore Act to Louisiana poor
       Below from the C3 list.

       The Restore Act is a prime example of the problems which arise when congress is permitted to splice together bills which really need to be debated upon and voted upon as SEPARATE bills.  See's "One Subject at a Time Act" (OSTA).



The high cost of the Restore Act to Louisiana poor

Gulf Restoration Network and other environmental groups are lauding the passage of the Restore Act. Something Aaron Viles and all of us should be concerned with is the cost of the passage of the Restore Act on the Louisiana poor in the form of a $651 million slashing of Medicaid funding for Louisiana that was included in the Transportation Bill that the Restore Act was a part of. 

It is difficult to celebrate the passage of this Act, as it comes on the backs of the most vulnerable of our population. This is an act that was not necessarily popular among fisherfolk in south Louisiana. Dean Blanchard, a wholesale shrimper from Grand Isle, attended the 2 year memorial forum at the Unitarian Church on April 29th in New Orleans, and interrupted Aaron Viles talk on the Restore Act, expressing that basically, support for the Act is not universal. The main sticking point that I could gather is the monies that will be spent on "economic development". Many folks see this as a developing economic slush fund, while fishermen continue to struggle with poor catches and the environment continues to suffer.

A legitimate question is the placement of "economic development" within an Act that should be focused on restoring the environmental damage wrought by the BP oil disaster. It could be argued that economic restoration would come anyway on the heals of the restoration of the environment. Here we are putting the cart before the horse. If we don't restore the ongoing damages to our wetlands and coast that resulted from the BP oil disaster, economies will continue to be affected.

 Now, ironically, the slashing of Medicaid spending will most certainly affect families who have been impacted by the BP oil disaster. This is a classic form of robbing Paul to pay Peter.

With Medicaid slashed by $651 million, and with a public health system already reluctant to recognize or treat people dealing with chemical exposure from the BP oil disaster, the availability of health care for families impacted by the disaster is looking bleak. Read more...Collapse )

2010-2012 Cetacean Unusual Mortality Event in Northern Gulf of Mexico
The END has Begun
        The more I learn about the gulf, the more I want to stay far far away.  I won't go look at the Gulf, I certainly won't swim in it or eat any seafood from the Gulf.  Obama and his so-called experts have sold us out to big oil.  I'd like to see them all tried for murder then executed.


2010-2012 Cetacean Unusual Mortality Event in Northern Gulf of Mexico

Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 (as amended), an Unusual Mortality Event (UME) has been declared for cetaceans (whales and dolphins) in the northern Gulf of Mexico (Texas/Louisiana border through Franklin County, FL) from February 2010 through the present.

Note: These numbers are preliminary and may be subject to change. As of April 8, 2012, the UME involves 717 Cetacean "strandings" in the Northern Gulf of Mexico (5% stranded alive and 95% stranded dead). Of these:

Cetaceans StrandedPhase of Oil Spill ResponseDates
114 cetaceans strandedprior to the response phase for the oil spillFebruary 1, 2010- April 29, 2010
122 cetaceans stranded or were reported dead offshoreduring the initial response phase to the oil spillApril 30, 2010- November 2, 2010
481 cetaceans stranded*after the initial response phase endedNovember 3, 2010- April 8, 2012**

*This number includes 6 dolphins that were killed incidental to fish related scientific data collection and 1 dolphin killed incidental to trawl relocation for a dredging project.

**The initial response phase ended for all four states on November 2, 2010. Response re-opened for eastern and central Louisiana on December 3, 2010 and closed again on May 25, 2011.

Brucella bacteria
In addition to investigating all other potential causes, scientists are investigating what role Brucella may have in the Unusual Mortality Event.

Since our original finding of Brucella in 5 stranded dolphins from LA, scientists have been concentrating testing on cases that show pathological changes consistent with the fetal pneumonia or adult meningitis identified in the first 5 cases. Here are our results showing the total number of Brucella cases identified so far. We will update these numbers when new results are available.        Read more...Collapse )

        Below from C3 list.


Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2012 11:39:03 -0700

"Ok friends & family, some of you may be planning trips to the beach soon; PLEASE don't go. Now that I have more evidence of how many people have been made sick, I really don't want to see anyone else suffer the way so many are suffering. It takes a limited exposure to the toxins to make people very sick. And it takes ALOT longer to get rid of them. For some people, even though they have detoxed, the damage is done and they will have to live with the effects. There is no real way of knowing what level of toxins are already in your body so you won't know when your body has had too much! I've seen much stronger people than I in this clinic and the exposure is as limited as breathing the air near Avondale to working the clean-up of the spill. I just have to try to get the word out because people are not taking this serious. To get in the water is the worst because your skin is like a sponge and it just soaks up all of the toxins. If people continue to be exposed it is just a matter of time before you will get sick. I now am asking for prayers that the truth will get out and that people will listen! If anyone wants more info please message me and I will share. As for myself, the toxins affected my endocrine sys, digestive sys, circulatory sys, central nervous sys, respiratory sys and my immune sys plus I had a very dangerous bacteria called vibrio, an animal parasite, gall stones and a fungus. But if you must go don't say you weren't warned you!"

Write letter to Judge Barbier
NOT Part of the Solution
        Below from C3 list.


Judge Barbier will make a decision this Monday as to whether he will allow individuals to sue Nalco, the manufacturer of Corexit. Barbier has asked for feedback on this issue. Laura Regan has offered to hand deliver letters first thing Monday morning. Below is her contact information. It seems outrageous to me that Barbier has the power to decide that we can't sue a company that has caused, and is causing, a great deal of death and dying on the Gulf coast. My letter will address this anti-democratic aspect.-- elizabeth




WE WILL HAND DELIVER THEM MONDAY MORNING , TO THE COURT HOUSE ! (please include your name and a ph # where you can be reached on the top of your letter , in case of any questions ) 

People if you ever need to sit down and write a letter and mail it , the time is NOW !!!! ACCCTTT!!!!

Should Gulf oil spill dispersant, clean-up companies stay in the litigation?

Gulf Coast Attorneys File RICO Class Action Lawsuits Against BP
Is It Time Yet?
        URL at end.  Go to website to read comments.  Lots of government officials need to also be indicted under RICO.


Gulf Coast Attorneys File RICO Class Action Lawsuits Against BP
By: bdemelle Thursday June 24, 2010 12:35 pm

Gulf Coast law firms Levin Papantonio, Eastland Law and others have begun filing a series of civil RICO actions in Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama to hold BP accountable for the false assurances it gave the American people that it could handle a worst-case scenario deepwater oil spill. The suits allege that BP committed mail fraud, wire fraud and potentially other RICO predicate act violations when the company sought permits from the federal government for deepwater offshore drilling, knowing that it did not possess the technical expertise or equipment necessary to respond to an emergency such as the ongoing Deepwater disaster.

This is the only RICO claim out of the more than 200 lawsuits filed so far against BP – and that doesn’t even count claims against Transocean, Halliburton and other associated defendants. All the other legal cases filed so far against BP are based on negligence associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, violations of various environmental statutes, and other legal angles.

By choosing the RICO approach, the Gulf Coast attorneys hope to provide an avenue for all Americans impacted by the disaster to stand up to the oil companies and prosecute them in civil court for their unlawful conduct.

The RICO suits allege that BP and its CEO Tony Hayward engaged in a pattern of fraudulent misrepresentations when the company asserted in its regional oil spill and exploration oil spill emergency response plans that it had the equipment and technology to respond to a deepwater accident. BP claimed in some of the plans that it had the capacity and expertise to respond to a spill of as much as 250,000 barrels per day.

"BP was more interested in making billions of dollars from offshore drilling and cutting corners on oil spill response safeguards at the expense of protecting the Gulf ecosystem, the public and our plaintiffs in the Gulf region from environmental and economic disaster," according to Hiram Eastland, principal attorney with Eastland Law Firm in Greenwood, Mississippi.

Eastland told me today:

"As we have heard from Congressional testimony in front of Senator Boxer’s and Representative Markey’s committees over the past few weeks, there is in fact a lot of evidence already presented about BP’s illegal conduct. This is exactly the type of conduct that RICO provides a measure of accountability and justice for, and we intend to see to it that such a pattern of unlawful conduct is dealt with under the full due process of the law."

The Justice Department launched civil and criminal investigations into BP’s false statements about their oil spill response plans on June 1st. But the lawsuits brought by Levin Papantonio and the other law firms are civil claims based on the RICO statute, which enables a private individual harmed by the actions of a criminal enterprise to file a civil suit and, if successful, collect treble damages from the defendant.

Enacted into law in 1970, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) was initially used by the government to prosecute Mafia kingpins. But it is an appropriate legal maneuver in the BP case as well, as Eastland explained to me:

"The civil RICO action that we recently filed in Florida, and the RICO actions we plan to file in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama, are solidly based on unlawful conduct that is already apparent from testimony and other documents that have already played out on the national stage in the last several weeks."

"BP’s pattern of making false submissions to the government to get the permits that allowed it to make billions from offshore drilling constitutes a pattern of mail fraud, wire fraud and other unlawful RICO predicate act conduct that is tailor made for this RICO class action."

The coalition of law firms bringing the suits anticipates uncovering further evidence of BP’s shenanigans through the discovery process, and will likely add additional claims – and defendants – as a result.

According to Eastland:

"These claims are just the tip of the iceberg, and we fully anticipate adding additional claims and defendants as this civil litigation progresses. The public deserves to know the whole truth."

"It’s not just the people of the South, but people from all over the country who have come to love the Gulf of Mexico and our Gulf shores just as much as we do. They love our pristine seashores, our pelicans and sea gulls and sandpipers, our dolphins and our seafood and the whole way of life we enjoy on the Gulf Coast. And they passionately believe as we do that it’s past time to get action, if not get medieval on BP’s unlawful conduct and what they have done to our shared waters and our Coast."

Ongoing investigations, as well as the discovery process, could turn up new evidence of wrongdoing, not just on BP’s part, but across the entire offshore drilling industry. Read more...Collapse )

Dolphins in Extreme Ill Health
I Accuse!
        Below by way of the C3 list.

        Fucktard Obama and his paid "experts" continue to insist eating fish from the Gulf is perfectly safe.  Maybe if Obama and his "expert" were force fed gulf fish every day, they might recant their idiocies.  Makes me wonder how much Obama has been bribed by BP.


Veterinarians collect a sample from a bottlenose dolphin in Barataria Bay in August 2011.
Veterinarians collect a sample from a bottlenose dolphin in Barataria Bay in August 2011.

Bottlenose dolphins in Barataria Bay, Louisiana, are showing signs of severe ill health, according to NOAA marine mammal biologists and their local, state, federal and other research partners.


Barataria Bay, located in the northern Gulf of Mexico, received heavy and prolonged exposure to oil during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.


Based on comprehensive physicals of 32 live dolphins from Barataria Bay in the summer of 2011, preliminary results show that many of the dolphins in the study are underweight, anemic, have low blood sugar and/or some symptoms of liver and lung disease. Nearly half also have abnormally low levels of the hormones that help with stress response, metabolism and immune function.


Researchers fear that some of the study dolphins are in such poor health that they will not survive. One of these dolphins was found dead in January 2012.


NOAA and its partners started the Barataria Bay dolphin study in 2011 as part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), the process for studying the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.


View a photo gallery of dolphin assessment work.


NOAA is sharing the preliminary results from the study so that stranding responders and veterinarians can better care for live stranded dolphins and look for similar health conditions.


Investigation of Dolphin Strandings in the Northern Gulf Continues


Since February 2010, more than 675 dolphins have stranded in the northern Gulf of Mexico (Franklin County, Florida to the Louisiana/Texas border)--a much higher rate than the usual average of 74 dolphins per year, prompting NOAA to declare an Unusual Mortality Event (UME) and investigate the cause of death for as many of the dolphins as possible. The vast majority of stranded dolphins have been found dead; however, 33 have stranded alive and seven have been taken to facilities for rehabilitation.


In the spring, it is typical to see some newborn, fetal and stillborn dolphins strand, and there has been an increase in strandings of this younger age class during this UME in 2010 and 2011. Yet all age classes continue to strand at high levels. NOAA is working with a team of marine mammal health experts to investigate the factors that may be contributing to the dolphin mortalities.


Gulf Seafood Safety


Since the 2010 oil spill, the Food and Drug Administration, NOAA and the Gulf Coast states have used an agreed-upon protocol to test seafood and ensure that it is free of harmful oil and dispersant residues. NOAA opened federal waters to fishing after extensive testing, and the Gulf states continue to use the protocol to routinely test finfish and shellfish to ensure all seafood reaching the consumer is safe. Some waters in the northern Barataria Basin, a larger area that includes Barataria Bay, remain closed to commercial fishing, as visible oil is still present along the shoreline where the closures are in place. The joint protocol directs seafood safety testing to begin only after visible oil is gone.


NOAA and its state and federal partners are researching multiple ways Gulf dolphins may have been exposed to oil, including through ingestion, inhalation or externally. Dolphins could have routinely ingested oil from sediments or water while feeding or by eating whole fish, including internal organs and fluids such as liver and bile, which can harbor chemical contaminants. These are not likely routes of exposure for most people.


For More Information


Gulf of Mexico Natural Resource Damage Assessment 

2010-2012 Dolphin Unusual Mortality Event 

Seafood Safety 

Louisiana Seafood Testing and Fishery Closures

Dolphin Assessment Work Photo Slideshow

Gulf Dolphin Questions and Answers

"Corexit was a good idea" NOT
I Accuse!
        Below from C3 list.  No time to fuck with the color scheme.  It's ugly but readable.


Response to EPA’s Paul Anastas that the spraying of Corexit was a good idea.

February 20, 2012

What the Times Picayune does so aptly is well displayed in Jonathan Tilove’s article on Sunday, Feb. 21st. The article is about Paul Anastas, now leaving the EPA, and apparently the man that made the decision to allow BP to apply millions of gallons of Corexit on the oil spewing from the destroyed Macondo well. The dots aren’t connected, no mention made of the thousands made ill from the oil and dispersant mixture, no mention of the fishermen who signed up to work for BP and were made ill, some seriously ill, from chemical poisoning. No mention of the unlucky residents who happen to live close enough to the water to suffer from chronic exposure to the Corexit and oil; these residents once thought they lived in a sportsman’s paradise. No mention made of Dr. Robichaux or the other doctors that have devoted their time and energy to documenting the illnesses, and creating a detox program for those who have been all but ignored by their state and federal government.


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Chance, the Dolphin
Gulf Coast Disaster
        Below from C3 list.  The photo shows workers with masks on because Chance is still in quarantine.

        I sincerely hope that the feds do not censor or suppress the results of the researchers' findings.
"It'll have to be analyzed by the federal authorities since it is a criminal investigation were not allowed to indulge in the results of our findings."


Recovering dolphin reveals secrets about Gulf oil spill
Updated: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 10:04 AM EST
By Rebecca Powers - bio | email

The young dolphin found stranded November 24th survived and is thriving now thanks to the scientists at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport.

"This is the first animal since the oil spill that was found alive in the Alabama, Mississippi area," Dr. Moby Solangi said. "He was almost dead."

Luckily for the dolphin they named "Chance," scientists at IMMS have a 99 percent success rate in saving injured marine mammals. His recovery and friendliness to those who care for him is amazing. He doesn't realize it, but Chance is perhaps one of the most important witnesses in an unprecedented investigation.

"He's just like a black box," Solangi said. "He's revealing some very important information as to what happened since the oil spill. A lot of information on disease, his health and other information on the environment."
Information so important to the federal government's criminal case against those involved in the Gulf oil spill, Dr. Solangi has to keep quiet about what he now knows.

"It'll have to be analyzed by the federal authorities since it is a criminal investigation were not allowed to indulge in the results of our findings."

They test Chance's blood, teeth and blubber often, reporting directly back to NOAA and other federal agencies. In the scientific world, this is their smoking gun that gives them more data than they could have ever gotten from any of the dead dolphins found since the spill.

"Which, according to some of the investigative procedures, we are not allowed to discuss. But it is very significant," Solangi said.

Chance is still in quarantine at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport and will be there for some time until he fully recovers. Their hope is to one day return him to the wild.

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angry danny


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