BP and the Three Stooges Defense
I Accuse!
        em to me Obama should kick that judge off the bench and try him or treaon.  But he won't.  Obama is OWNED by BP and will do what he is told to do.


BP and the Three Stooges Defense
By Greg Palast for Truthdig
Thursday, 26 September 2014

Forget Stephen King. If you want scary, read U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s 150-page Findings of Fact released Thursday in the Deepwater Horizon case.

Although the judge found BP liable for “gross negligence,” some U.S. media failed to mention that Barbier let BP off the hook on punitive damages. And that stuns me, given that the record seems to identify enough smoking guns to roast a sizable pig.

Here’s a standout example:

Every rig operator knows that, before a rig can unhook from a drill pipe, the operator has to run a “negative pressure test” to make sure the cement has properly sealed the drill pipe. If the pipe is safely plugged, the pressure gauge will read zero. The amount of pressure BP measured at 5 p.m. on April 20, 2010, the day of the explosion? 1400 psi (see the findings, pages 62-65).

1400 psi is not zero. Stick a balloon in your mouth with zero pressure and nothing happens except that you look silly. Replace the balloon with a hose delivering a 1400 psi blast and it’ll blow your skull apart.

So, how could the company record zero? Answer: BP’s crew re-ran the test measuring the pressure in something called the “kill line,” which is definitely not the drill pipe.

By reporting that the pipe had no pressure and all was safe, BP could begin to unhook the Deepwater Horizon from the pipe—and sail away. Why would BP do that? In my view, there were three motives: money, money and money. It costs BP a good half million dollars each extra day the rig stays on top of the drill hole. It seems that BP wanted the rig gone and quickly.

So, instead of halting the disconnection process, BP appears to have lied and recorded the pressure reading as “zero.” The rig’s owner, Transocean of Switzerland, went along with BP’s actions.

So how did BP get away with mere “gross negligence” as opposed to the more serious claim of fraud? Because the court found that the blowout, explosion, fire and oil spill were caused by “misinterpretation of the negative pressure test.”

Misinterpretation? If a woman says “thanks” when you say she’s dressed nicely and you think she wants a kiss, that’s “misinterpretation.” But on the Deepwater Horizon, the drill pipe gauge read 1400 psi and BP picked a different pipe that gave the company the magic zero. That’s not, I contend, “misinterpretation.”

Maybe the judge thought he was pretty tough by calling out BP for “gross” negligence (rather than plain-vanilla negligence, the finding against Transocean and contractor Halliburton). But, in fact, it seems Barbier fell for the Three Stooges defense.

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Throughout the 150-page decision, the judge cites one instance after another of bone-headed, buffoonish, slapstick decisions, and plenty of pratfalls and banana-peel slips by BP, Transocean and Halliburton. You have to wonder how these schmucks even found their drill hole. It was a corporate Larry-Moe-and-Curly-Joe routine that would provide a lot of belly laughs if 11 men hadn’t died as a result.

I’ve seen the Three Stooges defense before in federal court. In 1988, the corporate owner and the builder of the Shoreham nuclear plant were on trial on accusations they bilked their New York customers out of $1.8 billion. In court, they pleaded stupidity and incompetence as a defense against deliberate deception. As the government’s investigator, I didn’t buy it—billion-dollar corporations can’t be that stupid—and neither did the jury. (The racketeering charges were settled after trial for $400 million.)

And here is a new set of Stooges: BP plays Larry, Transocean puts on Moe’s wig and Halliburton makes “Nyuk! Nyuk! Nyuk!” sounds like Curly Joe. Halliburton, the judge found, failed to test the final cement mix and BP bitched about it—“[Halliburton engineer Jesse Gagliano] isn’t cutting it any more,” reads an email between two BP managers on the rig—but BP went ahead and used the bad cement anyway (Findings, paragraphs 227-228).

When the pressure in the drill pipe read 1400 psi, BP and Transocean managers should have stopped the rig departure immediately. They didn’t. Nevertheless, other systems should have prevented a blowout. According to Barbier, other safety systems were jacked with to save a penny here, a penny there (or, a million here, a million there). Example: BP used leftover cement (Findings, paragraphs 209-211) that contained chemicals that destroyed the integrity of the new cement, because using the old stuff saved some serious cash.

And this leads to the question of punitive damages.

Barbier had the power to levy a fine big enough to make BP plc, BP America’s London-based parent corporation—a company with revenue of a quarter of a trillion dollars a year—go “ouch.” But to slam BP with a fine that would hurt, the judge needed to hear from the Justice Department about corporate-wide perfidy. He pointed out that the case would have to be made against BP plc, the international parent, if he were to level a fine that would punish the corporation.

Against BP there is evidence aplenty. For years BP plc has played fast and loose with safety—from Asia to Alaska.

Chasing BP across five continents, I’ve found that “gross negligence” could be BP’s corporate motto. In 2010, I was arrested in Azerbaijan hunting down evidence of another BP/Transocean offshore blowout that occurred 17 months before the Deepwater Horizon explosion. The cause of the Caspian blowout was the same as in the Gulf disaster: mishandling of “foamed” cement. Had BP not covered up the prior blowout off the coast of Azerbaijan, the deaths in the Gulf, I’m certain, would have been avoided.

Yet on this and other examples of BP’s transcontinental penny-pinching negligence, the Justice Department was silent.

The ugly truth is that the U.S. State Department knew of the Caspian disaster and kept its lips sealed. Our own government wasn’t going to admit that in the Deepwater Horizon trial.

Furthermore, the U.S. government can’t tag BP as an endemically rogue, dangerous operator without casting doubt on the administration’s recent grant to the corporation of new deep tracts to drill in the Gulf of Mexico.
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So maybe it was not the judge but the public that was blinded by the government and media crowing about a possible $18 billion fine for gross negligence. Eighteen billion dollars may sound like a lot to us mere mortals, but to a trillion-dollar behemoth like BP, it is not a punishment, but a reasonably priced permit for plunder.
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More Blood on BP's Hands
        Below by way of C3 list. BP il spill impacts more than fish.


Scientists: Terrebonne, Barataria toxins on the rise

Increasing levels of certain toxins in Louisiana marshes – including some south of Cocodrie – are among the findings of LSU researchers examining effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The toxins, entomologist Linda Hooper-Bui says, are believed responsible for the disappearance of some insect species from marshlands near Terrebonne Bay, Barataria Bay and other water bodies crucial to coastal habitat.
Those insects are among life forms essential to land and marine food chains, Hooper-Bui says, causing she and other scientists to conclude that effects of the 2010 Macondo well blowout are neither finished nor fully comprehended.
BP disputes the findings, which Hooper-Bui says have been peer reviewed and will soon be published.
But charter captains and commercial fishermen maintain the scenario Hooper-Bui’s research paints with what they have said all along, that oil was forced beneath the Gulf of Mexico’s surface during frantic cleanup efforts and can – in some form – later bloom with toxic effects.
“I am not a scientist,” said veteran charter captain Stu Scheer. “But we know something is wrong out there. Speckled trout are down. The fishing has gotten steadily worse since 2010.”
Scheer says the way he and other fishermen see it, the loss of a big slice of population from a generation of game fish, coupled with hard fishing in the years since, is making for a tougher comeback.
Scheer was not surprised by Hooper-Bui’s claims, which he said are cause for even greater concern.
While counting and cataloguing insects on the coast Hooper-Bui and her team placed crickets native to the marsh in floating houses, releasing them in previously oiled areas as well as in those not affected by oil, as a control.
Insects released in places previously affected by oil but considered cleaned – including Terrebonne Bay marshes – did not survive.
Research built on those findings, Hooper-Bui said, indicates that even as visible oil has lessened, toxic aromatic compounds have increased. Those are the products, she suspects, of oil remnants that sank sub-surface being stirred up by storms and other activity, as well as continued erosion of the marsh.  Read more...Collapse )

I Sure Do Not Want Any Poison Gulf Seafood!
I Accuse!
        Back in 2010, Mr.Lesser-of-2 Evils Obama supposedly swam in the Gulf to show how safe it was. Only he did not swim in the gulf.

       Also back in 2010, Gulf Seafood was declared safe to eat. I never believed it. Neither did the NY Times. See article below for further evidence of the UNSAFE Gulf Seafood.

       Because Mr.Lesser-of-2 evils Obama has sided with the perpetrators of the oil spill while endangering and killing citizens of our nation, I want him impeached and tried for murder.

       They say politics makes for strange bedfellows. I recently read that Sarah Palin also wants Obama impeached. As bedfellows go, it sure don't get any stranger than me and Sarah Palin!


Fish skin lesions, oil residue decline in years after Gulf oil spill
USF Professor Steven Murawski began studying diseases in fin fishes
after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill when Gulf of Mexico
fishermen began reporting a surge in fish with visible lesions.
Credit: C-Image.

Scientists studying the impact of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the health of fish in the Gulf of Mexico have found strong evidence that an outbreak of skin lesions and oil residue signatures discovered in fishes a year after the spill may be related to the catastrophe.

Publishing in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, scientists from the University of South Florida (USF), the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) reported that there was strong chemical resemblance of the  from the Deepwater Horizon blowout to that found in the fish livers and muscle of fishes sampled from the northern Gulf of Mexico. The researchers were also able to rule out pathogens and oceanographic conditions as potential causes for the lesions.

"The higher rates of  in 2011 vs. 2012 were not due to an outbreak of pathogens or abnormally low salinity, and thus the hypothesis that DWH was responsible for the higher rates of skin lesions remains viable," said researcher Steven Murawski, a professor of population dynamics and marine ecosystem analysis at USF's College of Marine Science.

Fishermen from the northern Gulf had reported abnormal looking fish beginning in the winter of 2010-2011, and the scientists involved mounted scientific surveys beginning in 2011 to evaluate the severity lesions in  and other species.  Read more...Collapse )

Don't Let BP Quit Before their Job is Done!
        Left Wing vs. Right Wing is a strange concept to me. There are good people and good organizations on all parts of the political spectrum.


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Don’t let BP quit before their job is done! Tell them to finish cleaning up their oil spill >>

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Tell BP to finish the job and clean up their mess!

“The response is not over -- not by a long shot.”

Alobar, that’s a direct quote from U.S. Coast Guard Captain Thomas Sparks, in response to BP’s shockingly flippant statement implying that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill cleanup in the Gulf of Mexico is over.

We know better than that.

Just a few weeks ago, hundreds of pounds of tar balls washed ashore in Mississippi. Fishermen say the impacts of the spill are still affecting their businesses. And hundreds of dolphins, birds, and sea turtles are still dying. Does that sound like the cleanup is over? We don’t think so either.

BP’s PR spin machine is working overtime to convince the public that they’re the good guys in all of this. That’s absolutely outrageous -- especially considering the fact that they spilled a mix of domestic crude and tar sands oil not even a month ago into Lake Michigan, the source of drinking water for more than seven million people.

So this Earth Day, as people across the country come together to celebrate our beautiful planet, we’re taking action to protect her in one of the best ways possible -- by holding BP to their promise to make things right. Will you join in?

Hold BP to their promise to restore the Gulf! Tell them their oil cleanup isn’t over yet >>

The Coast Guard has made it clear that they don’t intend to let BP walk away from this mess, but they need our support to take on this immensely powerful oil conglomerate, especially after BP was allowed to bid to drill in the Gulf again.

No matter what BP says, the oil is not gone and the cleanup is not over. They promised to “make things right” in 2010, but this week marks four years since the devastating oil spill, and it is still impacting wildlife and the communities that depend on the Gulf for their livelihoods.

In Alaska, 25 years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, wildlife populations and the local environment are still struggling to recover from the suffocating oil that coated its shorelines. And yet BP is trying to convince the public that it has finished its job in the Gulf after just a fraction of that time.

We can’t let BP win this public relations war. This company spilled 200 million gallons of oil into our water, making it the worst maritime oil disaster in history. And from their recent spill in Michigan, we can tell they haven’t learned their lesson.

We have to keep the devastating impacts of their spill in the spotlight. If we don’t, it will send the message to irresponsible oil companies everywhere that they can pollute our water and just walk away once public attention has moved on. BP will slink away from their disaster and the onus will be on the public and local populations to pay for the cleanup.

Don’t let that happen, Alobar. Add your voice to our call now.

Tell BP they’re not done yet -- finish cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico >>

We know there’s a lot to be working on this Earth Day -- from stopping the dirty Keystone XL pipeline to supporting EPA safeguards against carbon pollution. But this is another great way to join in the Earth Day spirit of activism.

Forcing BP to finish cleaning up their mess won’t end Big Oil’s assault on our environment, but if we speak out now, we can make sure the Coast Guard has the support they need to hold BP accountable. So thanks fortaking action today.

Vanessa Kritzer 
Director of Digital Strategy 
League of Conservation Voters

Bobby Jindal and the Corexit
        Below from Elizabeth in C3 list.


Bobby Jindal and the Corexit

February 1, 2014By: In: Uncategorized

How did Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, a state’s rights advocate, react to the BP oil and the 1.84 million gallons of the toxic Corexit pouring into the Gulf of Mexico and state waters during the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster? Having largely escaped scrutiny during that time period, his record deserves a closer look.

Jindal, through Louisiana state officials, questionedearly on the “trade-offs” the state was being asked to make, in terms of the use of the toxic dispersantCorexit on the BP oil, but it wasn’t only BP that forced “trade-offs”. Louisiana officials complained publicly and privately that there were too many unknowns concerning the effects of the toxic Corexit, but Jindal and state officials didn’t bring all of their resources to bear when it came to protecting workers and residents from the toxic Corexit and oil mixture. In addition, theLouisiana Workforce Commission continued throughout the disaster, to actively recruit Louisiana residents to work the clean-up operations, despite Louisiana officials expressing concerns over chemical exposure for workers.

State officials appeared to shift gears as soon as the Macondo well was capped, focusing on seafood safety and marketing, and promotion of tourism, while appearing to downplay public health concerns. Long after the Macondo well was capped, Jindal and the state legislature had an opportunity to support two different resolutions to ban or severely limit the use of toxic dispersants. Both Jindal and the legislature failed to support the measures as they were defeated in the state legislature by a wide margin.

While BP has aggressively hyped in national media that all is well on the Gulf coast, a new report shows that 3 million pounds of oil was picked up in Louisiana alone the last several months, a number that has surged in 2013. Oil continues to drench the Louisiana wetlands and shows signs of increasedtoxicity from two oil components. The state is suing BP for damages accrued during the disaster…namely to wildlife, as illustrated in the original suit filed. Jindalallocated $10 million of a BP block grant fund of $25 million, to Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, and Caldwell hasn’t been shy aboutoutsourcing those funds and spreading the funds around to law firms friendly to the campaigns of Caldwell and Jindal.

The state of Louisiana lobbied hard for, and eventually got, $15 million for “behavioral health treatment”, $48 million for a seafood testing program, and $30 million for tourism promotion. In an examination of press releases, it appears that at no time were BP federal funds requested by the Jindal administration for the treatment of workers and residents exposed to the oil and Corexit, with one exception, when Jindal signedan executive order to allow additional EMTs at oil disaster work sites.

At no time did the state warn the people of Louisiana to not work the oil disaster out of concern for the health and safety of those workers, even though state officials publicly expressed concern for chemical exposure for people and workers several times during the course of the oil disaster. Despite the concerns over chemical exposure for workers, the state lobbied aggressively for BP to hire Louisiana workers, so that workers wouldn’t have to collect unemployment insurance.

At no time did state officials appear to reason that an unemployment check and adequate compensation by the state and federal government, in lieu of BP compensation, would have been preferable for workers, rather than the threat of chemical exposure working the clean-up operations.

Reporter Dahr Jamail with Al Jazeera, in a report from October 27, 2013, asked Jindal “what his state was doing to protect and safeguard people from chemical exposure”. Jindal responded:

 ”Coastal residents and response workers will be compensated through the deal reached between the Plaintiff Steering Committee and BP. BP must follow through on making whole [properly compensating] impacted residents and workers who experienced or are still experiencing health impacts as a result of the spill.”

 The cap for health damages, under the plaintiff’s settlement, is around $69,000. That amount of money doesn’t begin to cover expenses related to toxic exposure for individuals and families.

“$69,000 is not going to make people whole. They are going to be in debt the rest of their lives”, said Betty Doud, former resident of Grand Isle on the Louisiana coast, hard hit during the BP oil disaster. Ms.Doud has tested positive for the chemicals associated with the oil and Corexit, and some of her test results reveal she is in the high, 95th percentile on some of the chemicals. She spoke about the continuing difficulty in getting treatment for chemical exposure on the Gulf coast. “I’m not going to doctors because they won’t treat us for chemical exposure. You are treated for symptoms, not for the real reason. I’ve seen my friends go in and out of the hospitals and they’re dead anyway. I’ll take my chances with holistic cures.”

After an examination of state of Louisiana press releases from that time period, it is apparent that no clinics or hospitals were ever designated as the go to medical places for residents and oil disaster workers, as reports were coming in of sickness and illness from exposure.

According to the Government Accountability Project Whistleblower Investigation, published on April 19th, 2013, titled “Deadly Dispersants in the Gulf: Are Public Health and Environmental Tragedies the New Norm for Oil Spill Cleanups?”, several whistleblowers for that report, who sought medical attention from state hospitals and clinics, were diagnosed with heat stress and other ailments and offered no treatment for toxic exposure (Part 1, Pages 46-48). The same report chronicled just one state doctor that appeared to accurately assess the risks to workers and residents from chemical exposure. The same report says this doctor was an “exception” (Part 1, Page 44).

 Timeline of Events

In May of 2010, the state expressed strong reservations in letters to BP, and publicly, about the use of the toxic dispersant Corexit on the environment and health of citizens. A letter dated May 8th, 2010, from three Louisiana Secretaries of state departments is archived on emergency.la.gov. BP’s response to the May 8th, 2010 letter, and a copy of one other letter, dated May 13th, 2010, addressed to BP, were obtained in a Freedom of Information request in the fall of 2012.

Here are just a few key points state officials posed to BP in the May 13th, 2010 letter to BP: 

‘While we do appreciate any steps being attempted to mitigate the impacts of this spill on our coast, we cannot simply concur with the tradeoff you are suggesting we make as it relates to our underwater wildlife without knowing what that tradeoff is…


…Some examples of words seemingly carefully chosen in your response gives us pause, and perhaps even demonstrate that our fragile wildlife area has become a laboratory for testing the use of these chemicals. For instance, statements like “…potential damage to the environment may be reduced by dispersing the oil in the water column…”; “…a level that is less likely to affect the environment…”; and “…human studies suggest that humans arerelatively resistant…”, without the science to back them up, are nothing more than educated guesses.’

On May 14th 2010, in an article published by WAFB of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Alan Levine, Secretary of Department of Health and Hospitals, expressed this about BP’s decision to use the dispersant Corexit on the oil pouring into the Gulf: 

“We’re now using one of the richest ecosystems in the world as basically a laboratory, and its not appropriate,” Levine said.

In the same article, Louisiana Secretary Robert Barham sounded prophetic, expressing concerns that the application of dispersants in deepwater, thousands of feet deep in the Gulf, could prove harmful to the health of residents and business.

Both Levine and Barham, in the same article, foreshadowing the state’s strategy down the road, report that the state was not planning to file a law suit to stop the use of the Corexit, but instead would plan a “seafood safety certification program” and have BP “foot the bill”. Statements calling for funding of a seafood testing program were also made in the initial May 8 and May 13th, 2010 letters from the state to BP.

Barham sent his own letter, on May 18th, 2010, to David Rainey, Vice President of Gulf of Mexico Exploration for BP:

“The use of sub-sea dispersants to combat the effects of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill on our coast is an action that I am not able to give my support to. While I understand the importance of mitigating the effects of this oil on our fragile wetlands to date, little or no substantive data has been provided to the state of Louisiana concerning the efficacy and risks associated with deep injection of dispersants.”

 In the meantime, concerns were growing over the safety of Louisiana fisher men, women and others working the oil disaster clean-up. In an “internal memo” that was widely publicized, OSHA Administrator David Michael wrote a letter of alarmto United States Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the federal on scene coordinator of the BP oil disaster, on May 25, 2010, a letter that was made public, stating:

“I am writing to express OSHA’s growing concern, over significant deficiencies in BP’s oil spill response operations related to worker safety, and request your assistance in communicating these concerns to BP.”

On May 26th, 2010, the Los Angeles Times published an article reporting illness from chemical exposure of oil spill workers. The article quoted then Congressman Charles Melancon as having written a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide treatment for the workers in clinics, paid for by BP. Sibelius opened a clinic in Venice, Louisiana, “in coordination with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals”, but the GAP Investigative Whistleblower Report says the clinic was staffed by a general practicioner, heavily guarded on a private, BP compound, “making it impossible for workers to anonymously seek medical assistance as some workers sought due to fears that they would be retaliated against for reporting health problems” (Part 1, Page 44, 46).

On May 29th, several Louisiana officials addressed a letter to then CEO of BP Tony Hayward, requesting $457 million for a seafood testing program. There is no record found, in Louisiana state press releases or articles, of any request from the state for monies for health services for workers and residents impacted from exposure to the oil and Corexit. State of Louisiana officials, and Jindal, refused to respond to questions for this article.

In a June 1st, 2010, in a Louisiana Environmental Action Network statement, fishermen reported threats of being fired if they wear respirators for protection from chemical exposure.

The Associated Press issued a report dated June 3rd, 2010, that workers were becoming ill from possible chemical exposure, and that adequate safety protection, such as respirators, were not being provided.  

[For rest of story, go here]


The Struggle Continues
Death Warning
        More on La Bucket Brigade from C3 list.


I made two appointments with Anne Rolfes, head of La. bucket brigade, and was stood up twice. I was going to ask her to join us in the campaign against Corexit. I'm done asking. It's time for evaluating, and working with folks of like mind, and growing the movement as best we can.


There is really no option to growing the movement as best we can. So many people, even in New Orleans, believe that all is well and corexit is dish soap and all illnesses are psychosomatic or devious ploys to extract money. I talk with my adult students and am astonished at how they parrot the nightly news. At least, I guess it’s the nightly news they parrot because I don’t watch the nightly news anymore.

So I will go to Anne Rolufs and TELL HER what we are doing. It will not be an invitation. And the same goes for all the others. The issue has independent importance. No matter who believes us at the moment.

Bucket Brigade  ---- Another Fake Environmental Group Exposed!
        Below from Elizabeth on C3 list.  Bold emphasis below added by me.

       Sure looks to me like the EPA now OWNS the Bucket Brigade.

       I really love the ethics of folks on the C3 list!


When the Ban Corexit Committee was refused a "seat at the table", so to speak, at their Earth Day Festival, which they hold every year to raise funds for their organization, I decided to look more closely into their funding. Our group requested that we be allowed to put up a table to pass out our literature on Corexit. I think they wanted to charge us $50. We all agreed we would pay $20, if we had to, but Anne Rolfes, head of La. Bucket Brigade, would only go down to $30. We refused. It's not a lot of money, but it is the principle of the thing, and the commodification of Earth Day. In addition, all businesses were invited to participate, whether green or not, and some green businesses, well, weren't so green. I think the environmentalists absent corporate funding should have their own earth day event that disrupts the flow of corporate funding to nonprofits in some way. In addition, if you noticed from that list, La. Bucket Brigade receives funding from the EPA to monitor industries. That to me is the EPA's job, and it is the EPA that should be monitored. You won't hear criticism of the EPA from the La. Bucket Brigade. This is one of the reasons, in my opinion, that nothing is changing, and in fact, the environmental crisis in this state, country and the world grows worse day by day. The EPA is smart in that it doles out grants to organizations to work on "environmental justice", when in fact, the EPA is one of the greatest obstacles to environmental justice that exists. That is how these groups are co-opted to not criticize the EPA or for that matter, the Obama administration, as the democrats are somehow seen as "better" on the environment, which couldn't be further from the the truth.-- elizabeth

Report on the New Orleans Independent Levee Authority Today
Gulf Coast Disaster
        If I believed in Christian Judgement Day and Miscreants being sent to hell, forever. I might rest easier knowing these fucktards would be eternally punished.

       But I don't.  So we must do it for ourselves and for our planet.

       Woopie! I was on google just now, I was asked to be the very first person to review the La Bucket Brigade. Here is what I posted:
You people are a bunch of DANGEROUS fucktards who SOLD OUT to the EPA and other corporations who are destroying the gulf.

Seriously, you people need to dis-band, then go commit suicide before you do more damage


My Report on the New Orleans Independent Levee Authority Today

Mike Howells, Robert Sullivan and I along with numerous GRN, La Bucket Brigade members and the public, attended a hearing today on the law suit filed against the oil, gas and pipeline industries by the Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. First the bad news: during their executive session, which I verbally opposed, and after the public had left, the authority agreed to a 45 day "amnesty" period to try to work out some sort of compromise with the state officials, including Garret Graves, head of La. Coastal Protection Authority, who attended the executive session and opposes the law suit, along with Jindal. From WWL: 'In the end, the board decided to offer the Jindal administration an olive branch, saying it would consider pausing the "substantive" parts of the lawsuit for 45 days to work with Graves on finding other ways to hold oil companies accountable for coastal damage.

"The suit, as a suit, means nothing to me," said Commissioner Richard Leuttich Jr. "The suit is a means to accomplish the objective which is protection of the coast." '


It is difficult to imagine what sort of "compromise" could be worked out that wouldn't have to involve millions or even billions of dollars of damage that the oil companies have done to the coast of Louisiana.

During our time to speak, I brought up the fact that the damage continues from the BP disaster, the Corexit, citing LSU professor Dr. Linda Bui's report that the marshes are dying and at least two oil compounds are increasing, many of us believe, because of the use of Corexit. I brought up the thousands of people who had become ill due to the exploits of the oil and gas industry in this state, and I was the only one to bring up the effects on the health of the people. I suggested that in the future, the authority might be willing to consider a resolution opposing the use of Corexit. Mike Howells suggested a jobs program if the suit is won that would hire people from the devastated areas of the coast and provide them with health benefits. The authority responded by speaking at length as to the jobs that would be created with this law suit if won, countering the claims by the oil, gas and pipeline industry that jobs would be lost if this suit were to proceed. I believe due to the action during the executive session, much more pressure from the public will be needed to make this historic law suit a reality.

Linda Hopper Bui's study of the dying, oiled marshes: http://theadvocate.com/home/5782947-125/buzzing-of-insects-falls-silent

List of companies that may be sued by the authority: http://slfpae.com/agendas/2013%2008%2015%20-%20Board%20Agenda.pdf


Non-Profits Feast & Government Coverups in the Gulf
Gulf Coast Disaster
        Below from C3 list.

        At this rate it will be another 50 to 100 years before I swim in the Gulf or eat ANY gulf seafood.


By Elizabeth Cook, posted on the "Ban Corexit and other Dispersants" Facebook group;

"My report on the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Public Meeting last night, June 12, 2013, in Belle Chase in Plaquemines Parish, one of several being held along the Gulf Coast:

It is an undemocratic process that is largely for political theater, in my view, so I used it as such. People only have three minutes to speak. The funding is a long way off, so why not have round table discussions, that can go on all day, where people wander in and out depending on their schedule? No, in three minutes, you have to state all of your concerns about the gulf, BP, oil, the Corexit, bioremediation, the dying marshes, the culpability of the government in the use of Corexit, the fact that they want to expand drilling to Florida and the Corexit is being stocked all up and down the coast. God forbid there is another blowout of a well and the Corexit is used in massive quantities again, and this restoration process has to start all over. Common sense folks (yes, I did say that).

I should note who composes this “Council” as per their web site: “The RESTORE Act established a Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (the Council), which is comprised of governors from the five affected Gulf States’, the Secretaries from the U.S. Departments of the Interior, Commerce, Agriculture, and Homeland Security as well as the Secretary of the Army and the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Gulf States recommended and President Obama appointed the Secretary of Commerce as the Council’s Chair.”

No Secretaries of Departments were present, but they did send representatives, and Garret Graves, Head of Coastal Protection and Restoration was the Louisiana governor's representative.

I brought up the fact that LSU has studied bioremediation for decades, yet no bioremediation attempts are being made to help the dying marshes; the marshes are in crisis as per LSU Professor Linda Bui's report on the dying insects, the receding, oiled marshes, whether heavily oiled or less heavily oiled, and increased toxicity of certain compounds rather than the natural biodegredation process occurring as they hoped for (Garret Graves, head of La. Coastal Authority twisted his mouth on that one). I consider this situation related to the massive use of Corexit that has hurt the ability of the natural microbes to do their job, but I didn't have time to say that last night.Read more...Collapse )

June 12th: gulf restoration public meeting
Gulf Coast Disaster
        Below from C3 list.


Public Comment Period Ends June 22nd -
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Draft Initial Comprehensive Plan:
Restoring the Gulf Coast’s Ecosystem and Economy -

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council is seeking public comment on the recently released Draft Plan. For more information and to submit a comment, please go to http://parkplanning.nps.gov/commentFormBasic.cfm?documentID=53621. In addition, the following public meetings will be held (more information will be posted on each meeting as soon as the time and specific locations are announced).

• June 3, 2013: Pensacola, Florida
• June 5, 2013: Spanish Fort, Alabama
• June 10, 2013: Galveston, Texas
• June 11, 2013: Biloxi, Mississippi
• June 12, 2013: Belle Chasse, Louisiana
• June 17, 2013: St. Petersburg, Florida


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