New Oil Spill in Gulf … 100-Mile Slick

A new 100-mile slick has been confirmed in the Gulf, only 30 miles from the site of the Deepwater Horizon. See this, this, this, this, this and this. As I noted after the Deepwater Horizon spill, big oil spills will keep happening if we go for harder and harder to get to oil reserves and as long as extraction of oil is considered a national security issue. Indeed, the oil spills in the Gulf and the existence of unsafe nuclear power plants follow the exact same pattern as the financial crisis: as long as big companies know the government will bail them out if there’s a “meltdown” and will help them cover up the scale of the accidents, as well as the fraud and corner-cutting which led to the disaster, they’ll keep doing dangerous things which put our economy, our environment and our health at risk. As long as there is corporate socialism for the too big to fails and “tough love” for the rest of us, the big boys will continue to get into trouble. Oh, and by the way, the effects of the Deepwater Horizon spill did not magically disappear. Here is a roundup of some of the news from the Gulf of Mexico from the first couple of weeks of March: * 100,000?s having symptoms from oil disaster — Could be just the tip of the iceberg says physician (VIDEO) * Secret Study: Radioactive material dumped into Gulf of Mexico — “Most toxic substances known to man” (During fracking) * “It’s not stopping” — “The levels we are seeing are not dropping, and we’re seeing NEW chemicals now” * Scientist predicts martial law to be imposed: “Beaches will eventually be closed to everyone besides clean-up vessels” — “Air quality will sharply decline” * LSU professor: “There’s nothing there” — Fishermen “telling us that the reefs are just dead” * NOAA Study: Massive plumes of aerosolized oil “likely posed a health threat” — Problems range from aggravated asthma to premature death * Physician says “this may be a brand new illness” — Swimmer covered in oily substance diagnosed with “rare” bacteria similar to oil-eating microbes (VIDEO) * “A Huge Number”: Shrimp tests show 4,000+ ppm petroleum hydrocarbons — Caught last week off Alabama coast (LAB REPORT) * Taco Bell told to buy Gulf shrimp, troubled fast food chain touts “Pacific Coast” shrimp instead * “Most Concerning”: Chrysene found in waters off Perdido Key, Florida — Effects include “increased risk of cancer, chromosomal aberrations, genetic damage” * LSU Scientist: “You go out to the marshes and they are silent — We’re in danger of becoming a Silent Spring” * New report from NASA finds that nearly 50 percent of the population along the Gulf Coast is experiencing sickness indicative of chemical poisoning related to the BP oil spill * NASA oil spill scientist: “I know there were clouds filled with hydrocarbons” — Discusses “Gulf Coast Health Syndrome” * Pensacola Beach: “1,000?s of dead animals” & discolored sand as far as the eye can see (PHOTOS) * Mississippi man’s blood tests show extremely high Xylene, Ethylbenzene — Now passing out for an hour at a time (LAB RESULTS) * New York Times article shows why public might want to think twice before trusting the E.P.A. * “Red Flag”: Oil spill study finds almost HALF of residents suffering “unusual spike” in health symptoms * 27-inch thick layer of oil-contaminated sand found — Researcher hypothesizes they are digging holes and burying it (VIDEO) * Dispersed oil “everywhere” on Pensacola Beach — Not where is the oil… BUT WHERE IS IT NOT (VIDEO) * Woman reports troubling symptoms after swimming in Gulf — Burning lesions all over body & face, “I keep finding more and more of them” * FOX: Woman suffering paralysis in face “induced by heavy metals” — Tests show high levels of benzene, xylene and other chemicals (VIDEO) * Gulf oil spill researcher finds dead sea life and plenty of oil … * Gulf of Mexico Still Choked by BP Oil, Research Shows * Al Jazeera 8-part investigative series of the Gulf Oil Disaster aftermath * Evaporating oil from BP spill likely posed a health threat, study says * Gulf of Mexico bottom still coated in oil, recovery long way off * BP Gulf oil spill: Shocking images that prove the seabed is STILL dead and coated in oil – despite BP claims all will be well * The BP Oil Spill: Could the Damage Have Been Prevented ((21 MAR 2011))






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