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- Will Oil Bring Death To Gulf’s Rich Web Of Life?
Everything, from shrimp fleets in Louisiana to chicken wings in Buffalo, hinges on the health of tiny plants and animals at risk from oil lingering in the environment. Undetectable by sight or smell, trace amounts of degraded oil are poisoning these species, called plankton, at the bottom of the food chain, scientists say.
The extent of the damage and its implications for the health of the Gulf are unknown and likely will not surface for another year or two.
“When you are perturbing the food web from its foundation, the ultimate ecological response could be catastrophic,” said David Hollander, a chemical oceanographer with the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science.
– by Kate Spinner, Sarasota Herald Tribune, Nov 7, 2010
- U.S. Offshore Oil Fire May Delay Lift Of Drill Ban-
The fire on a Mariner Energy oil and gas platform in shallow waters of the U.S. Gulf on Thursday was a major setback for companies hoping for an early end to the government’s drilling moratorium and raised more questions about the safety of offshore drilling.– by Ayesha Rascoe, Reuters Website, Sept 3, 2010
- Oil And Gas Platform In Gulf Of Mexico Catches Fire-
An oil and gas production platform in the Gulf of Mexico caught fire Thursday morning, reigniting the political debate over the safety of offshore wells. – by Steven Mufson and David A. Fahrenthold, Washington Post Website, Sept 2, 2010
- Scientist Accuses Obama Administration and BP of Underestimating Amount of Oil Left in Gulf of Mexico-
New evidence has badly shaken the Obama administration’s rosy narrative about the alleged disappearance of most of the oil that gushed into the Gulf of Mexico from BP’s blown-out well.
– Video interview of Ian MacDonald, FSU Oceanographer, Democracy Now Website, Aug 23, 2010
- How Has It Come To This?- Report and Photo Essay from Louisiana– by Dahr Jamail and Erika Blumenfeld, t r u t h o u t website, August 22 2010
- Gulf Oil Spill: Most Of The Oil Remains- A NOAA official conceded that three-fourths of the pollutants from the 4.1 million barrels spewed into the gulf are still lingering in the environment.
– by Kim Murphy, LA Times blog, Aug 19, 2010
- USF Scientists Find Oil Spill Damage To Critical Marine Life “…findings underline the persistent concerns that spraying chemical dispersants deep beneath the water’s surface may have created a greater peril for the gulf and its marine life.” – by Craig Pittman, St. Pete Times, Aug 18, 2010
- Health Effects of the Gulf Oil Spill “The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico poses direct threats to human health from inhalation or dermal contact with the oil and dispersant chemicals, and indirect threats to seafood safety and mental health.” – by Gina M. Solomon, MD, MPH and Sarah Janssen, MD, PhD, MPH, Journal Of The American Medical Association, Aug 16, 2010
- Amid undying criticism over the large-scale use of Corexit in the Deepwater Horizon response, NOAA and the Food and Drug Administration are developing a lab test to detect traces of the chemical dispersant in seafood. The test, they hope, will finally put to rest concerns that poisons from the compounds used to break up the oil will linger in the food chain. – by Kari Huus, MSNBC website, Aug 13, 2010
- “Once the samples pass the sensory test these are sent for chemical testing.”– from the FDA’s website that details their testing protocol
- FDA’s Dispersant Fact Sheet that details how testing is done by experts using the smell test. (This is a pdf)
- USF claims Coast Guard and Feds quashed data on oil plume findings- to date Fed has not released data nor samples taken– by Craig Pittman, published Aug 10, 2010, St. Pete Times
- GreenPeace ship Arctic Sunrise to provide independent investigation of Gulf water’s health– by Steve Newborn, published on the WUSF website, Aug 9, 2010 (Website for the University of South Florida)
- Blue Crab Larvae- bellwether for oil contamination? Blue crabs harvested this week in the Gulf found to have larvae tainted with oil– by John Flesher, Associated Press Environmental Writer, published on the Times Union website, Aug 9, 2010
- On the heels of recent reports alleging gagging of scientists, US Congress Committee On Energy and Commerce is demanding copies of all contracts BP has with any and all third-party consultants, scientists, and academics relating to the April 20 disaster– US Congress Website, July 29, 2010 – – – Congress gave BP a deadline of August 6 to comply – as of Aug 14, still no information given
- Protect Our Waters member asks Secretary of the Navy Mabus some specific and pointed questions about the lack of testing data available to the public– by Tamara Lush, Associated Press, published in the Navy Times, Aug 3, 2010
- Obama administration’s scientists admit alarm over chemicals– by Suzanne Goldenberg, The London Guardian, Aug 3, 2010
- Miles-long undersea BP oil plumes found, underscoring the likely impossibility of removing oil treated with dispersant– by Sara Kennedy, from Bradenton.com/ McClatchey Newspapers, July 23, 2010
- BP attempted to hire the entire marine sciences department at one Alabama university, according to scientists involved in discussions with the company’s lawyers. The Press-Register obtained a copy of a contract offered to scientists by BP. It prohibits the scientists from publishing their research, sharing it with other scientists or speaking about the data that they collect for at least the next three years– by Ben Raines, Alabama Press Register (www.al.com), July 16, 2010
- Chemical dispersants keep flowing into the Gulf of Mexico at virtually unchanged levels– by Ed Lavendera, CNN, July 2, 2010
- Oceanographer states:”The bottom line, is that thanks to the dispersants “the oil is more broadly distributed than it would have been” Oil droplets found to travel more easily due to use of Corexit