For the past 20 some years, British Petroleum (and its employees) have given over $3.5 million to federal candidates- of both parties-the largest chunk having gone to current Pres. Obama.
While it seems like money well spent...
69 days into the largest environmental disaster to ever occur to the United States and our elected officials seem to be worrying more to blame the other party for the problem than actually solving it.
Fingers get pointed at both sides of the aisle while oil washes up in the salt marshes and deadly chemicals rain down on crops in Mississippi.
An awful lot of blame and very few solutions…
The Internet has been abuzz over the past few days in regards to a video of a speech given by a fisherman's wife criticizing BP for their failures in the cleanup effort, as well as laying some blame to state and federal officials insisting upon keeping Gulf Coast residents in the dark as to the health risks that the oil spill and cleanup effort might have on them.
In an article for Silverbearcafé.com, Deborah Dupre had some interesting things to say on the effects of the cleanup on Gulf Coast residents.
“The petro-chemical-military-industrial complex is gassing Gulf Coast residents with poisonous Benzene and Corexit dispersant at dangerously high levels in the largest U.S. domestic military operation to date…”
That is how Mrs. Dupre begins her attack upon the reckless efforts made by British Petroleum to clean up an already lethal environmental accident. She continued:
“... Human suffering in the Gulf is increasing from the world’s latest and largest toxic oil kill as BP lies and government remains silent about human health risks and associated military interventions. Most immediately damaging of the operation’s withheld information pertains to toxins breathed since the explosion.
Southerners reporting illnesses with symptoms reflecting Benzene and Corexit[Benzene is a natural constituent of crude oil, and a known carcinogen; Corexit is a man-made chemical used as a dispersant intended for breaking up oil spills] poisoning have had to face some leaders suggesting the cause to be mental illness, “stress”, while others, such as BP chief Tony Hayward, blamed the illness on rotten food.”
Odd isn't it have two chemicals (one known to be a danger to humans, and the other relatively untested on humans) can appear in the region's air supply don't people start getting sick is that chemicals are the last to get blamed. I don't know about you, but this seems a little like a”cover your ass” move to me.
This is just the beginning…
If only the ominous words of Mrs. Dupre were the only ones speaking ill of the public and private efforts being made to clean up the spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But they are not.
Earlier this week Reuters reported on a massive amount of methane discovered in the Gulf of Mexico. Texas A&M University oceanography professor John Kessler said methane gas levels in some areas are “astonishingly high.”
“There is an incredible amount of methane in there,” Kessler told reporters. He said the level may be as much as one million times the normal level.
This though isn’t a surprise…
BP has already said methane makes up about 40 percent of the leaking crude by mass. In addition to methane, large amounts of toxic hydrogen sulfide, benzene and methylene chloride are leaking into the Gulf according to the EPA and others.
And now it seems as though these toxins have a critical mass. In an article for OilPrice.com, investigative journalist Wayne Mansen states that his sources inside the federal government, FEMA, and the US Army Corps of Engineers are dealing with a prospective “dead zone” created by the escaping methane within a 200 mile radius from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
In addition, Madsen reports, Corexit 9500, the oil dispersant used by BP, is viewed by FEMA sources as mixing with evaporated water from the Gulf. This deadly mixture is then absorbed by rain clouds and produces toxic precipitation that threatens to continue killing marine and land animals, plant life, and humans within a 200-mile radius of the Deepwater Horizon disaster site in the Gulf.
The “dead zone” created by a combination of methane gas and Corexit toxic rain, Madsen continues, will ultimately result in the evacuation and long-term abandonment of cities and towns within the 200-mile radius of the oil gusher.
“Plans are being put in place for the mandatory evacuation of New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Mandeville, Hammond, Houma, Belle Chase, Chalmette, Slidell, Biloxi, Gulfport, Pensacola, Hattiesburg, Mobile, Bay Minette, Fort Walton Beach, Panama City, Crestview, and Pascagoula,” Madsen writes.
It goes on…
SoCal Martial Law Alert, a website usually on the fringe in regards to government response to domestic situations made this prediction on June 13:
“Greg Evensen, a retired Kansas Highway Patrolman, estimates that 30-40 million people would need to be evacuated away from the Gulf’s coastline (i.e. at least 200 miles inland)…
In order to accomplish this gargantuan feat, the federal government (through FEMA and other agencies) would most likely seek first to control and manage the transportation system and then operate relocation centers to manage evacuees. Toward this end, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has already declared the airspace over the oil spill site to be a no-fly zone until further notice. Various sources have indicated that local police, highway patrol, National Guard, US military and foreign troops may be involved in an operation to evacuate the Gulf Coast. In fact, the Governor of Louisiana has already requested evacuation assistance (i.e. National Guard) for his state from the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)…”
It’s like an unending shit storm, isn't it?
And to think…
For a brief moment I felt bad for that BP prick who lamented that he wanted his life back. Now, in the face of this new information, I hope the unlikeable limey motherfucker rots in Hell for all eternity.