Gulf Oil Spill Reaches Land
The Gulf of Mexico will have largely recovered from the BP oil spill by the end of 2012, the administrator of the $20bn (£12bn) pay-outs fund has said.
Attorney Kenneth Feinberg said that compensation to those who lost revenue from the disaster would be based on this prediction.
Meanwhile, a judge has ruled that Mr Feinberg make clear to claimants that he is not independent from BP.
The Deepwater Horizon spill was the biggest in US history.
The fund was set up by BP in August to compensate those affected by the spill, and has so far paid out about $3.3bn to 168,000 people.
Mr Feinberg said experts have determined that most of the oil would have dispersed and the economy picked up by the end of next year. There will be a 30% recovery in 2011, he added.
But he also noted that the recovery of oyster harvesting may take longer.
Shameful, especially since the Exxon Valdez spill (which was smaller) that happened over 20 years ago has still not recovered.
Kindra talks about people getting sick, even those who have not been involved in clean-up.
The bird rescue is shut down.
@4:28 I want the rest of the United States to wake-up and get involved. We need our fellow American citizens NOW, NOW.
@8:59 The Government is so unconcerned about the health effects of the oil spill that every single time it’s brought up they change the subject.
I mean it was even laughed upon today by one of our government officials. She thought it was funny. I guess she didn’t think it was funny when I told her about the three leasions, turning into nine, lesions turning into twenty-eight lesions. She didn’t think that was too funny. She didn’t think it was funny when four different people in a room talked about having chemical pneumonitis. She didn’t think it was funny when I told her about the brown liquid leaking out of my husbands ears for three months. The goverment officials didn’t find that funny, but however they still changed the subject becasue they are unconcerned. – Kindra Arnesen
We must be good stewards of the earth.I believe there is no excuse for the toxic chemicals that were used in the clean up, but oil has bubbled to the surface before men extracted it. Much of this thread was doomsday and despair. Yes, the reefs are stressed and the oil spill was poorly handled. So, going forward, let’s do what we can to heal the planet.
And yet, we must trust Earth to heal her wounds.
The Meteorite by C. S. Lewis
Among the hills a meteorite
Lies huge; and moss has overgrown,
And wind and rain with touches light
Made soft, the contours of the stone.
Thus easily can Earth digest
A cinder of sidereal fire,
And make her translunary guest
The native of an English shire.
Nor is it strange these wanderers
Find in her lap their fitting place,
For every particle that’s hers
Came at the first from outer space.
All that is Earth has once been sky;
Down from the sun of old she came,
Or from some star that travelled by
Too close to his entangling flame.
Hence, if belated drops yet fall
From heaven, on these her plastic power
Still works as once it worked on all
The glad rush of the golden shower.
lyrics: …Tied and unable to tend, to the wounds that were made… – Chevelle – Emotional Drought
by Michael Edward of http://blueplague.org
SYNTHETIC GENES ARE CROSSING SPECIES BARRIERS
While natural genetic parasites, viruses and bacteria are limited by species barriers, the storm of artificial genetics created by synthetic biology engineers – in order to eliminate the flow of crude oil and gasses in the Gulf of Mexico – are actually designed to cross species barriers. This has created new viral and bacterial pathogens never seen before. It is directly responsible for the spreading of drug and antibiotic resistant viral and bacterial outbreaks along the Gulf Coast, a pestilence that I have named The Gulf Blue Plague. …
Synthetic Biology: What is it? What challenges does it pose for ethics and public policy?:
The Hastings center is a nonpartisan research institution dedicated to bioethics and the public interest since1969.
“Synthetic Life?” The New Industrial Revolution? (Bioethics Seminar):
Talks about Mycoplasma laboratorium aka “Synthia” in this one.
Dr. Wilma Subra Presents Blood Test Proof of Corexit in the Food Supply:
Truth Out for the Gulf Forum ~ Paul
This boy can no longer walk properly and has random seizures from either swimming in the gulf or from eating the food.
Been to doctor 5 times…
Had enough Prednisone to kill a horse…
I’ve had two shots…
Four different kinds of antibiotics…
And nothing is touching this at all…
Diagnosed as mycoplasma pneumonia…
Blog about connections between BP and creators of SYNTHIA:
SAY HELLO TO SYNTHIA
In 2003, JCVI successfully synthesized a small virus that infects bacteria. By 2008, the JCVI team was able to synthesize a small bacterial genome. On May 6, 2010, JCVI revealed they had already created a self-replicating bacterial cell controlled by a chemically synthesized genome they named “synthetic Mycoplasma mycoides JCVI-syn1.0”. (7) This completely synthetic cell with its computer designed genome has absolutely no natural DNA. (1) The etc group from Canada named it Synthia and it contains added watermark chains to identify the genome as artificial. It also has antibiotic resistance indicators. (7) One can only speculate why this artificial bacterium has an inherent programmed capability to resist antibiotics.
This new life form has the ability to replicate itself and organically function in any cell into which it has been introduced. Its DNA is artificial and it’s this synthetic DNA that takes control of the cell and is credited with being the building block of life. This is the first self-replicating synthetic bacterial cell thanks to its computer generated DNA. All of the funding for this came from Synthetic Genomics Inc (1), the company BP has a sizeable equity position and alliance with. BP is definitely way beyond petroleum just as their new slogan publicizes.
Why watermark this artificial genome? Doing so makes it identifiable as the unique and patented (privately owned) asset it is. What happens if a human becomes infected with a life-threatening variant bacterial species of Synthia? If you use Penicillin to fight the infection, it won’t do any good. Antibiotic resistance is part of its DNA sequence, so any use of antibiotics would be a waste of time.
Gulf Coast resident Gregg Hall talks to Jeff Rense about the Gulf Tragedy and the unpublicized health effects:
The FDA was genuinely worried about mycoplasmas in the global vaccine stock as well:
Rapid Methods for Detecting Mycoplasma Contamination in the Manufacture of Vaccines, Including Pandemic Influenza Vaccines, and Other Biological Products
September 22 – 23, 2008
Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg
620 Perry Pkwy.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Workshop Goals and Objectives
The purpose of the public workshop was to provide a forum on recent scientific and technical achievements in the development of rapid methods for mycoplasma testing during the manufacture of vaccines and other biological products. Such discussion may help to assess how these methods compare with currently used methods. Expedited manufacture may be of particular importance to public health during an influenza pandemic. FDA wanted to explore the use of alternative methods for detecting mycoplasma contamination in the manufacture of vaccines, including pandemic influenza vaccines, and other biological products. Alternative methods that allow detection of mycoplasma in a shorter period, as compared to the current methods, could expedite the manufacture of vaccines and other biological products. The workshop was aimed at: (1) Identifying promising rapid method(s) for further validation to demonstrate equivalency or superiority to methods currently used for mycoplasma testing during the manufacture of vaccines and other biological products and (2) providing information that may lead to collaborative studies with FDA on testing for mycoplasma.
*edit for spelling
(AP) – Feb 19, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — Oil from the BP spill remains stuck on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, according to a scientist’s video and slides that demonstrate the oil isn’t degrading as hoped and has decimated life on parts of the sea floor. …
This video might interest some of you
Eric deCarbonnel at Market Skeptics, has coverage from multiple sources on illness in BP oil clean-up workers, Gulf coast residents, fishermen and their children at http://www.marketskeptics.com/2011/04/mainstream-media-finally-reports-on-sickened-gulf-residents.html.
As a parent -or more inclusively, as a human being who cares about others- the video clips are more than a little disturbing.
Per one resident, a dad and clean-up worker being interviewed:
I was just doing what I love and what I was told was safe…Those son of a bitches said the beach was safe — Now my daughters have more toxins in their blood than cleanup worker”
Another father breaks down crying when he talks about his son being hospitalized 3 times since a trip to an Alabama Beach when they were spraying corexin, and how his boy is now suffering from massive kidney infections and kidney stones, and now lung infections. The father sobs out loud, reflecting on how his son will never know what it is like [to live and fish on the coast of Alabama]..if he lives past the age of 10.
deCarobonnel ends with this summary:
The true size of the gulf health crisis is starting to get out. Too many people are sick and dying for this story to be ignored forever.
And once the truth gets out, it will have an economic impact, as it will undermine already shaky confidence in the government and economy. [bold mine]
Amen to that, brother.
I pray mainstream media keeps on top of this. We may only have a sliver of time where this still holds, but corporations are still affected by negative media and citizen outrage.
Not sure if this has been posted:
In the comments section someone summarized it well (paraphrased cause for some reason I couldn’t get it to copy,) that Transocean is playing the waiting game because they can … dragging their feet and holding things up in court till people are desperate and settle for probably far less than they deserve.