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"We are running out of time!" / Must watch!

This is a damning video interview with Riki Ott, Marine Toxicologist that has been working in the Gulf for over 5 months.  She says "it's not over!" and "we're running out of time".

People are and have been becoming incredibly sick along the gulf coast and have been testing highly positive for oil buildup and damage in their bodies.  

Dispersants are STILL being sprayed!  People are dropping dead after swimming in the gulf.  Toxic levels are being found in the air around the gulf in levels that are unprecedented.  

Really unbelievable.

The 3 video's go into politics of climate change, energy use, transition towns, community building, etc....

Must watch series, IMO!

One:  "We're running out of time."

Two:  "These people have oil in their bodies."

Three:  "They have our politicians completely hamstrung"

 

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Gee LR someone said the thread on the Gulf Oil Spill was a waste of time. Are you sure we are running out of time? The adminstration said all the oil is gone and dolphins are swimming off the coast of Texas.

This seems like a rather alarmist post or am I missng something?

But if there is all that oil in the water your hull speed should be very good.

V

ps I have retained my sense of humor though it is shifting markedly to darkness.

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Yeah, I know!  I was going to dig that thread up and put it there, but after the last couple posts I figured this info needed to plant a new seed.  

What's funny is that I was thinking of heading down to the Keys next month for some much needed R & R, but now....not so much.

I've thought this would blow eventually, but hadn't heard much.  After the discussions with persons of persuasion back when this was gushing out of the sea floor, and seeing their discomfort with the situation, I thought there'd be more to this story.  We'll see.   

Glad to have you back!

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Gee LR someone said the thread on the Gulf Oil Spill was a waste of time. Are you sure we are running out of time? The adminstration said all the oil is gone and dolphins are swimming off the coast of Texas.

This seems like a rather alarmist post or am I missng something?

But if there is all that oil in the water your hull speed should be very good.

V

ps I have retained my sense of humor though it is shifting markedly to darkness.

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Gee LR someone said the thread on the Gulf Oil Spill was a waste of time. 

Yup, that was me. Have you guys actually visited the Gulf lately? I thought you might appreciate someone's input that actually lives on the Gulf, but now I see that my first hand account conflicts with your politics and conspiracy theories. Sorry about that, its just my job. You have to understand, BP and Obama are paying me well to spread disinformation, and I'm really working hard for my yearly bonus from Goldman Sachs as well (hence my vocal support for deflation).

Who's paying you for the disinformation services that you provide? C'mon guys, join the darkside, it pays better.

 

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Jeff,

I think you should go back to the beginning of Gulf Oil Spill Reaches Land, and read it again. Your input was immense. I also think you need to re-watch the film that Tom posted at the time : -

and re-read Chris Martenson's post from it : -

cmartenson wrote:

Tom,

that was an extremely educational and disturbing video for me.  I did not know about 'booming' and I am more thoroughly disgusted by the spill and the response to it than I've ever been.

Is there no coporate pocket that our government is not beholden to?  Not even when such a conflict represents a clear and present danger to the residents of the country?

Check out this recent news that police are being used to prevent people from seeing the oil washed up on LA beaches.  Maddening.

Breaking: Oil Makes Landfall, Cops Blocking Beaches

MoJo reporter Mac McClelland is getting one hell of a chilling story in Louisiana right now. This morning she headed down to the area where, according to online maps, oil from the BP fiasco was headed. Wherever she turned, she found sheriff's deputies blocking the beach access roads—until she hit a beach at Grand Isle, and literally stepped into the mess. (Follow Mac on Twitter here.)

Here's what unfolded in her tweetstream:

Has oil made landfall in port fourchon, LA? Can't look, bc cops turned us around at bridge to beach. about 3 hours ago

Oil just hit land in grand isle. Blobs completely covering this shore. about 2 hours ago

Governor's helicopters are flying overhead. about 1 hour ago

... so that you know I've gathered together enough facts that allow me enough of an insight to see you're purposefully provoking V into an argument. Now quit it ...

~ VF ~

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Jeff,

A little over reaction there, don't you think?  This has nothing to do with CT and everything to do with what may be fact.  You live in the Houston area in which the current doesn't bring the oil in your direction on a consistent basis.  And to have a Marine Biologist, who has done the research as well as the testing say these things, is quite scary.  Is there some propaganda to the video's?  Sure is.  If you're able to dissect that from the real message though, it could be quite a problem.  And if I were you with kids, I sure as hell wouldn't be allowing them to play in the water until it's a proven FACT that there's nothing wrong.  But, that's just me.

Have you ever thought about prozac?  Sometimes your responses are overly emotional and whacky/over the top.Tongue out

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V wrote:

Gee LR someone said the thread on the Gulf Oil Spill was a waste of time. 

Yup, that was me. Have you guys actually visited the Gulf lately? I thought you might appreciate someone's input that actually lives on the Gulf, but now I see that my first hand account conflicts with your politics and conspiracy theories. Sorry about that, its just my job. You have to understand, BP and Obama are paying me well to spread disinformation, and I'm really working hard for my yearly bonus from Goldman Sachs as well (hence my vocal support for deflation).

Who's paying you for the disinformation services that you provide? C'mon guys, join the darkside, it pays better.

 

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Hey Logan,

Maybe I wouldn't wish Prozac on my worst enemy :-

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3298971123937835457#

... could be something in the local water causing it though ... Sealed...

~ VF~

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A lot of oil leaked to be certain...high side estimates are about 4.9 million barrels.  But, build a square tank with length, width, and height of about 300 feet and all of the oil fits in there.  A lot of the oil rose to the surface (skimmed, evaporated, burned, or reached land), and a lot of it stayed under water due to dispersants...the amounts of each are completely unknown.

I assume there is still a large amount of oil at the bottom of the ocean, but most of it is in thousands of feet of water, and spread out over thousands of square miles.  The point is, even if all of the oil stayed at the bottom and was spread out over 100 square miles (a very small area considering the size of the spill area, ocean currents, etc) the thickness is about 0.12 inches.  So I find it difficult to believe these claims that that the whole ocean is contaminated with toxic amounts of oil.  Most everyone is probably familiar with natural oil seeps...these put out thousands to hundreds-of-thousands of barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico each month, decade after century after millenium, and are the oils are broken down naturally. http://www.theoildrum.com/node/6552

Sure I'm absolutely concerned about marine environmental damage-it will take time for natural processes to handle the large influx of oil that occurred over a short time.  I lived in that area for many years, and have family near Fourchon.  When I visit, I eat seafood they catch themselves and I buy fresh shrimp to freeze for later.  Friends and family I know in the area aren't reporting the major problems depicted in this piece (see JAG's observations), so there is either a major cover up or this is contrived for shock value.  The question is, which is more liklely?

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JAG wrote:
V wrote:

Gee LR someone said the thread on the Gulf Oil Spill was a waste of time. 

Yup, that was me. Have you guys actually visited the Gulf lately? I thought you might appreciate someone's input that actually lives on the Gulf, but now I see that my first hand account conflicts with your politics and conspiracy theories. Sorry about that, its just my job. You have to understand, BP and Obama are paying me well to spread disinformation, and I'm really working hard for my yearly bonus from Goldman Sachs as well (hence my vocal support for deflation).

Who's paying you for the disinformation services that you provide? C'mon guys, join the darkside, it pays better.

Jeff,

I don't think you understand.  Riki Ott is a "MARINE TOXICOLOGIST" that "SURVIVED THE EXXON VALDES" disaster.  Clearly she is an expert on the gulf spill and alternative energy. 

How much did "BIG OIL" pay you to sellout your fellow gulf residents?  Actually do you have a contact number?  I might need to sellout myself if I want my kids to be able to go to college.

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I too thought that "survived the Exxon Valdez disaster" comment was a little much... it obviously wasn't that kind of disaster.  But that bit of sensationalism was more from the interviewer rather than the interviewee.

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Maybe you guys are unaware but, almost all of the workers of the Exxon Valdez disaster are dead.  That's right, dead.

http://www.salem-news.com/articles/june302010/oil-lifespans.php

(SALEM, Ore.) - It is the last thing most of us expected to hear: nearly every single worker from the Exxon Valdez oil spill Disaster is now dead, according to a CNN News report. The video accompanies this article. We're talking about a lot of people. I personally became an oil spill volunteer at the time here in Oregon, though I never got my hands very dirty, so to speak. Good thing as it turns out.

 

As for Prozac, it was a joke.  I wouldn't wish it upon anyone either.  

Another joke?............how many people on this site are absolutely brainwashed by the propaganda machine of tptb.  

 

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I too thought that "survived the Exxon Valdez disaster" comment was a little much... it obviously wasn't that kind of disaster.  But that bit of sensationalism was more from the interviewer rather than the interviewee.

- Nickbert

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As folks who have followed the http://www.peakprosperity.com/forum/global-climate-change-it-worth-brushing/5895?page=75 thread should know, I'm a believer in science.  In this case what we have is a marine toxicologist giving us anecdotal evidence, some of it second hand, which isn't really evidence at all.  As a scientist she is a trained observer, but I'm not diving head first into her story until I see some hard evidence.  Not to say that she's wrong or lying, but she just doesn't have the science backing her up yet.  Of course, its still early in terms of collecting data, forming hypotheses and arriving in theories, let alone having those theories tested by other scientists.  She's advocating political action, which I'm not opposed to, but it should be focused on figuring out what's really going on, not creating alarmist memes in the media.

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That really was the point I was trying to make with this post.  It's information...period.  It's something to watch and something that could be a problem in the very near future for many, many people.  To pooh pooh the info/warning because you don't believe it's true, is asinine IMO.  Listen, watch and learn.  Just like preparing for an economic collapse, it costs very little to prepare yourself.  And if nothing happens, at least you've taken the time to learn.  

As I said before, the closed minded attitude on this site to certain issues/info is pathetic and makes no sense.

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As folks who have followed the http://www.peakprosperity.com/forum/global-climate-change-it-worth-brushing/5895?page=75 thread should know, I'm a believer in science.  In this case what we have is a marine toxicologist giving us anecdotal evidence, some of it second hand, which isn't really evidence at all.  As a scientist she is a trained observer, but I'm not diving head first into her story until I see some hard evidence.  Not to say that she's wrong or lying, but she just doesn't have the science backing her up yet.  Of course, its still early in terms of collecting data, forming hypotheses and arriving in theories, let alone having those theories tested by other scientists.  She's advocating political action, which I'm not opposed to, but it should be focused on figuring out what's really going on, not creating alarmist memes in the media.

Doug

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LR-

How can you automatically assume the CNN reference regarding life expectancy is correct?  So far I have not been able to find any source data for that claim.... just about every search and news article I found comes up as a direct reference to that CNN interview, without any other source is cited.  It's almost as if every other newspaper and blog said "it was said on CNN so it must be fact" and was too lazy to do their own digging.  So thus far this claim appears unsubstantiated.  It could turn out to be true, but until we see the source data (and if you have it please send it as I know a few people here in AK who did cleanup work) we can't assume that's the case yet. 

Now that being said, I am NOT dismissing the possibility that there were/are health risks involved in cleanup duty.  In fact I think it's very probable given the chemicals involved and I also see a large vested interest of the involved oil companies to conceal or attack claims of health risks, and so a high level of precautionary measures and oversight is advisable.  I'm simply saying there's bad information coming at us from all sides, and we have to keep our BS shields up at full strength to avoid being steered down the wrong road or having our credibility blown.

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As I said before, the closed minded attitude on this site to certain issues/info is pathetic and makes no sense.

C'mon man, you're painting this site with an awfully broad brush.  You can plant the seeds, but it's out of your hands as far as making them grow.  If the seed is true, it'll grow on its own when the soil is ready.

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Peak Pozac.....I hope so LOL....

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C'mon man, you're painting this site with an awfully broad brush.  You can plant the seeds, but it's out of your hands as far as making them grow.  If the seed is true, it'll grow on its own when the soil is ready.

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Second that.

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Again, it's something to watch.

As for the broad brush strokes......some are and some aren't.  But when certain people continue to take info and just throw it into the CT file without thought, it becomes ridiculous.  That's only my opinion and observation.....nothing else.  

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LR-

How can you automatically assume the CNN reference regarding life expectancy is correct?  So far I have not been able to find any source data for that claim.... just about every search and news article I found comes up as a direct reference to that CNN interview, without any other source is cited.  It's almost as if every other newspaper and blog said "it was said on CNN so it must be fact" and was too lazy to do their own digging.  So thus far this claim appears unsubstantiated.  It could turn out to be true, but until we see the source data (and if you have it please send it as I know a few people here in AK who did cleanup work) we can't assume that's the case yet. 

Now that being said, I am NOT dismissing the possibility that there were/are health risks involved in cleanup duty.  In fact I think it's very probable given the chemicals involved and I also see a large vested interest of the involved oil companies to conceal or attack claims of health risks, and so a high level of precautionary measures and oversight is advisable.  I'm simply saying there's bad information coming at us from all sides, and we have to keep our BS shields up at full strength to avoid being steered down the wrong road or having our credibility blown.

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As I said before, the closed minded attitude on this site to certain issues/info is pathetic and makes no sense.

C'mon man, you're painting this site with an awfully broad brush.  You can plant the seeds, but it's out of your hands as far as making them grow.  If the seed is true, it'll grow on its own when the soil is ready.

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Nothing to do with the gulf spill, but interesting none the less.

http://www.gulfbreezenews.com/news/2010-10-28/Front_Page/Fort_McRae_oil_very_toxic_to_humans.html

"The oil was in about 3 feet of water and was buried pretty deep in the sediment,” Reed recalled. “The mats where between 6 inches and a foot in diameter, but some were more than 2 feet in diameter. I kept digging and finding more and more.

“Finding this submerged oil is very alarming to me because it’s in such large mats,” Reed explained. “I believe it came into (the bay) in June with the initial impacts.”

Reed on Sept. 30 revisited the site and another near Barrancas Beach with BP and Coast Guard officials to inform responders of her discovery. She also discovered oil present at Johnson Beach, Fort Pickens and Orange Beach through research she conducted in September.

The topography near Fort McRae helped preserve the submerged oil. Because the area is a secluded cove, very little water flows through it – resulting in low oxygen levels.

“(The oil) is in an anaerobic environment, so there is not a lot of bacteria to break it down,” Reed explained.

Reed said that similar samples that might possibly remain submerged in the Gulf of Mexico could be extremely damaging to the marine ecosystem.

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If there is that much oil there from the April disaster, then it needs to be cleaned up.  However, anything that is "buried pretty deep in the sediment" in that area has probably been there a very long time.  There just isn't that much sedimentary deposition in that area...that is why there is blue water in the Florida panhandle area of the Gulf; no sedimentary turbidity from the river systems.

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SATURDAY 30 OCTOBER 2010

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Fishermen Report Louisiana Bays Filled With Oil

Wednesday 27 October 2010

by: Dahr Jamail and Erika Blumenfeld, t r u t h o u t | Report

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Oiled marsh in Bay Jimmy, Louisiana. (Photo: Erika Blumenfeld)

On Saturday, October 23, Truthout spotted what appeared to be massive areas of weathered oil floating near Louisiana's fragile marshlands in both East and West Bays along the Mississippi River Delta. In addition, at least two more oil leaks were spotted near oil and gas platforms along Louisiana's embattled coastline.

Four days prior, federal on-scene cleanup coordinator for the BP oil disaster, Coast Guard Rear Adm. Paul Zukunft, declared there was little recoverable surface oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

Miles-long strands of what appears to be weathered BP oil in bays near Southwest Pass, Louisiana. (Photo: Erika Blumenfeld)


Another view of miles-long strands of what appears to be weathered BP oil in bays near Southwest Pass, Louisiana. (Photo: Erika Blumenfeld)

Both Bays cover an area of roughly 70 square miles of open water that surround Southwest Pass, the main shipping channel of the Mississippi River. While East Bay remains closed for fishing, West Bay was currently open for fishing when Truthout spotted the substance on October 23, despite the fact that the day before a BP oil cleanup crew had reported oil in West Bay to a local newspaper.

(Shrimper trawling in oil, in West Bay, Louisiana. (Photo: Erika Blumenfeld)

"They are literally shrimping in oil," Jonathan Henderson, the coastal resiliency organizer of the environmental group the Gulf Restoration Network, who was with Truthout on the flight, exclaimed while our plane flew near the fishermen.

"Our tests continue to reveal seafood from the reopened areas is safe to eat," Jane Lubchenco, US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) administrator, told reporters while NOAA recently opened more federal waters in the Gulf.

 

The day before Truthout's oil sighting, NOAA had reopened more of the previously closed fishing areas, bringing to 96 percent the federal waters now deemed safe for fishing.

The waters in East and West Bay are under the jurisdiction of Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) , while waters further from the coast are under federal jurisdiction. LDWF does receive input, however, from NOAA.

Earlier in the same day, Truthout spotted the substance. A spotter pilot for LDWF had flown over the same area and told Southern Seaplanes there was no oil.

"He is the spotter for LDWF and saw that bay, and it is still open," Henderson told Truthout. "He should have closed the Bay for fishing. So now you can see how sophisticated they are in tracking this. Either this guy is completely incompetent, or has an agenda to keep as much of Louisiana's waters open for fishing as he can, whether there is oil or not. I don't see how he could have flown down there today and not seen it. It's criminal."

When Truthout called the LDWF requesting to talk with the LDWF oil spotter, Truthout was told, "that person is not available to comment."

The LDWF web site has a number to call in order to report oil sightings. When Truthout called that number, the call was answered by a BP response call center.

The only federal waters of the Gulf that have yet to be reopened are a 9,444-square-mile area directly around the BP wellhead where the Deepwater Horizon exploded, burned and sank to the bottom of the Gulf.

On October 23, the Coast Guard claimed that the substance floating in the miles-wide areas of West Bay appeared to be "an algal bloom."

Lt. Cmdr. Chris O'Neil said a pollution investigator for the Coast Guard collected samples from the area, and while they had yet to be tested, said, "based on his observation and what he sees in the sample jars, he believes that to be an algal bloom."

Fishermen who have traveled through and fished in the area over the weekend, however, refute these Coast Guard claims.

"I scooped some up, and it feels like oil, looks like oil, is brownish red like all the dispersed oil we've been seeing since this whole thing started," fisherman David Arenesen, from Venice, Louisiana, told Truthout. "It doesn't look like algae to me. Algae doesn't stick on your fingers, and algae isn't oily. The area of this stuff spans an area of 30 miles, from Southwest Pass almost all the way over to Grand Isle, and runs very far off-shore too. We rode through it for over 20 miles while we were going out to fish, I dipped some up, and it's oil."

Arenesen saw the substance on Friday, the same day it was reported by the Times Picayune newspaper in New Orleans.

"It was at least an inch thick, and it went on for miles," Arenesen added. "It would be easy to clean since it's all floating on the surface."

Truthout spoke with Gary Robinson, a hook-and-line, mackerel, commercial fisherman working out of Venice, who was also in the substance in question recently.

"I was out in West Bay on October 22nd, and I was in this thick brown foam, about five inches thick, with red swirls of oil throughout it, and there was a lot of it, at least a 10 mile patch of it," Robinson said while speaking to Truthout on his boat. "I've never seen anything like that foam before; the red stuff in it was weathered oil, and there was sheen coming off my boat when I came back into harbor. I'm concerned about the safety of the fish I'm catching."

The boat captains working in the BP oil spill response team who first reported the sightings as oil told the Times Picayune on Saturday that they were not convinced either by the Coast Guard's initial assessment.

"I've never seen algae that looked orange, that was sticky, smelled like oil and that stuck to the boat and had to be cleaned off with solvent," said one captain.

Last Friday, the boat captains said they were frustrated by a lack of response from the Coast Guard, after they had been reporting the sightings for a week.

Dean Blanchard, of Dean Blanchard Seafood Inc. in Grand Isle, Louisiana, spoke with Truthout about the Coast Guard claim that the substance was likely algae.

"Hell, we got oil coming in here everyday, it's all around us; we know what oil is," Blanchard said. "The Coast Guard should change the color of their uniforms, since they are working for BP. We've known they are working for BP from the beginning of this thing. None of us believe anything they say about this oil disaster anymore."

Despite a consistent trend by state and federal governments to promote the Gulf of Mexico as being largely free of BP oil and dispersants, many residents remain concerned.

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"Anytime you can fly 100 miles in one direction and not see a break in the oil," Capt. Dicky Tupes of Southern Seaplanes told Truthout. "Then fly 100 miles in the other direction and not see a break in the oil: that's a lot of oil, and it had to go somewhere."

Tupes was discussing his experience flying over large areas of the Gulf that had been oiled while BP's well continued to gush, yet he remains alarmed at what he sees in the water.

"Everyone, including the feds, are talking about the fact that less of the oil actually reached the surface than was below." Tupes added. "And now we're seeing some of that submerged oil surface here. How long will this go on?"


What appears to be weathered BP oil in bays near Southwest Pass, Louisiana. (Photo: Erika Blumenfeld)


Strands of what is likely weathered BP oil in bays near Southwest Pass, Louisiana. (Photo: Erika Blumenfeld)

While flying out to East and West Bays, Truthout spotted a platform with what appeared to be an oil leak, as sheen streaked the water. The GPS coordinates at this spotting were 2925.66N, 8929.54W.


Silvery-blue oil sheen shows a leak from a facility between California Bay and Quarantine Bay, Louisiana. (Photo: Erika Blumenfeld)

"I've seen quite a few of these," Tupes told Truthout, referring to the leaking platform.

Henderson explained that he had spotted oil at the exact same area during a previous flyover on October 19. He reported the leak at that time to the Louisiana State Police and the National Response Center, in addition to his speaking directly with the Coast Guard National Response Command and emailing them his photos.

Clearly, no effective action had been taken.

Disturbingly, Henderson has recently revealed how long this leak has been in existence.

"I found out from the Coast Guard that not only has this leak been going on since last week, but that the first report they ever received about this leak was on August 31st," Henderson wrote for the Gulf Restoration Network on Monday. "It gets worse. According to the Coast Guard, 'the leak is from an abandoned underwater oil pipeline and the State Department of Natural Resources is in charge of investigating it.' What does that even mean? Is the State only going to take action to stop the leak after they find the responsible party? Are they really actively investigating this?"


Silvery-blue oil sheen shows leak from a facility in East Bay, Louisiana. (Photo: Erika Blumenfeld)

Another oil leak was spotted near a platform just east of Southwest Pass. A long streak of sheen was visible in East Bay at this area at GPS coordinates 2859.77N, 8917.61W.

The East Bay area was completely covered in miles-long strands of what was likely weathered oil of various colors. While flying approximately ten linear miles across the Bay, Truthout saw nothing but streaks of oil across the surface, as well as submerged oil. "That oil is covering just about the entire length of Southwest Pass," Tupes said.


What is likely weathered BP oil in East Bay, Louisiana. (Photo: Erika Blumenfeld)

Just across Southwest Pass where the Mississippi River ultimately drains into the Gulf, Truthout was flown over West Bay, which the previous day was reported to be covered in weathered oil by the New Orleans Times-Picayune Newspaper.

Surprisingly, the day after this report, neither state nor federal authorities had closed this area for commercial fishing.

On October 21, scientists from NOAA, the LDWF and the Audubon Nature Institute joined with Coast Guard Rear Adm. Roy A. Nash to return 33 sea turtles to Gulf of Mexico waters offshore of Louisiana.

NOAA reports claimed, "the area is clean and a safe habitat for the turtles."

While flying over West Bay, the amount of what is likely weathered oil and sheen visible on the surface was staggering. Looking west, it covered the surface as far as the horizon into the open Gulf.

"This is unreal," Tupes exclaimed at one point.


Substance that is likely weathered BP oil in West Bay, Louisiana. (Photo: Erika Blumenfeld)

While flying back to the airport, Truthout witnessed large amounts of oil sheen atop the water of Bay Jimmy in Barataria Bay. Numerous areas of marsh were covered in oil, and much of the grass appeared black and dead.


Oiled marsh in Bay Jimmy, Louisiana. (Photo: Erika Blumenfeld)

Several BP cleanup crews were working in the area, yet Henderson had visited the area on October 21 to find several oiled birds and much oil heavy damage. "This marsh is in trouble," Henderson added.

Environmental groups like the Gulf Restoration Network are deeply concerned about the ongoing oil findings, as the Mississippi Delta is a primary wintering ground for hundreds of thousands of ducks and geese, some of which already have begun arriving. The West Bay area leads into several shallower interior bays that attract ducks, geese and myriad species of shore and wading birds each winter.

"What you don't see anymore out here are ducks," Tupes said. "It used to be that there were so many ducks they'd darken the sky. Now you don't see anymore of that."

Henderson is angered by what he saw Saturday. "Much of the water we flew over today was open for commercial and recreational fishing," he said of the flight. "We saw shrimp boats trawling in a bay full of oil. We were under the impression that the science advisor for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries had gone out to assess the situation in West and East Bays, to determine if they should be closed. What we ascertained from conversations with aviators flying through these waters today was that that scientists had gone out and then returned and reported these waters clear."

Henderson paused, then continued, "But we went out and flew over these same areas and sensitive marshlands and found them completely covered in oil, and with shrimp boats trawling in them. Honestly, I don't have any kind words for the LDWF, and I'm at a juncture where I'm losing faith in any assessments that are done by our state or federal governments."

"I would not eat the shrimp right now," Henderson added. "They are shrimping in oil. Where were all the spotter planes? Where was the boom and skimmers? There was clearly skimmable oil on the surface, and they were doing absolutely nothing. Why is there not a more concerted effort to fight this? How is it that BP gets to make the decision to remove what defenses we have against this oil that keeps coming in?"

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