>The US Government told us categorically that ‘All is well in the Gulf of Mexico’…. It says three quarters of the oil that has leaked into the Gulf of Mexico since the start of the BP oil disaster has been recovered, burned off, skimmed, evaporated, dissolved or dispersed chemically—or “naturally”.
White House energy adviser Carol Browner says the spill has been “taken care of by Mother Nature”, while government boffins claim the ocean is full of microbes that are “eating” the oil.
I wonder how many folks actually believed their story. Sad isn’t it when a high majority of voters actually will come out and say they do not believe what they have been told, by their elected representatives. One wonders if the Government has been lied to by BP, or just decided to tell this huge fib, in order to try and calm people’s fears and get the seafood industry, and the tourist industry moving again?
During the months that the oil was spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, scientists told the government that there were vast undersea plumes of oil which had not been accounted for in the estimated amounts of oil in the ocean. This was at first denied, but subsequently proven to be correct.
Then ‘magically’ all the oil vanished! Government estimates are not sufficient to alleviate people’s fears. We want and need scientific facts. Data to back up those (mis)calculated estimated please.
Those facts and that data are now being produced. Sadly it shows that the ‘truth’ your government ‘fed’ you – was garbage, and that there are still huge amounts of oil in the Gulf of Mexico.
Scientists have detected a plume of hydrocarbons that is over 22 miles long, 1.2 miles wide, and 650 feet high more than 3,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, and have identified it as residue of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
“In June, we observed the plume migrating slowly [at about 0.17 miles per hour] southwest of the source of the blowout,” said Dr. Richard Camilli of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in a press release.
The researchers tracked the plume from June19-28, until the approach of Hurricane Alex forced them to terminate the study. Data obtained during the time suggest that the plume is much longer than the tracked 22 miles.
The study, published in the journal Science Thursday, found that contrary to previous beliefs, the subsurface plume was biodegrading very slowly, though the researchers said there have been few studies on subsurface oil, so the result may not be representative of the full picture.
At this rate of biodegradation, the researchers think the plume will persist for a long time.
“It is possible that oil could be transported considerable distances from the well before being degraded,” Dr. Benjamin Van Mooy of WHOI said.
The researchers conducted some 57,000 chemical analyses and detected BTEX, a class of petroleum hydrocarbons including benzene, toluene, ethybenzene, and total xylenes, at concentrations of more than 50 micrograms per liter. In addition, there are chemicals in the plume that the researchers are yet able to identify.
“We don’t know how toxic it is,” said Dr. Christopher Reddy of WHOI, “and we don’t know how it formed, or why. But knowing the size, shape, depth, and heading of this plume will be vital for answering many of these questions.”
So where does that leave the people living and working in and along the Gulf Coast?
In another article by Michael Miller: Gulf Oil Spill Sticking With Us: we discover:
Yesterday scientists at the University of California, San Francisco published a report on the dangers to humans and wildlife still posed by the gigantic Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
To the chagrin of BP, the White House, and everyone this side of Saudi Arabia, the report warned that the oil and the dispersants used to “clean” it up may cause cancer and other sicknesses for years to come.
“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,” wrote UCSF scientist Gina M. Solomon.
Read the report and cringe, (Health Effects of the Gulf Oil Spill) then try and convince yourself that you will not be brainwashed into believing ‘All is well with the Gulf’. It is your life, your livelihood, and the future of your children and friends that is at risk, if you allow anyone to ‘pull the wool over your eyes’, just to make ‘them’ look good! Is it possible this is why BP tried buying off the scientists? Information such as this will not leave people feeling calm and relaxed and assurred that all is under control!
Of course there are people who are out of work right now because of this disaster, but ask yourself, what if???? What if they all go back to work right now, only to find out that the toxic soup caused by the dispersing of COREXIT, which is being deliberately downplayed by the government and BP is actually lethal. What is it doing to the bottom feeders in the Gulf of Mexico? What is it doing to the food chain? And lastly, but by no means least important, what are the long term health consequences for all living in the vicinity?
Get your government to answer those questions.
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