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Gulf divers blame BP oil spill, chemical dispersants for strange illnesses

More than three years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion set off the worst oil spill in U.S. history, divers who worked in the vicinity of the spill collecting coral samples and taking journalists to the spill site say they are still suffering from a spectrum of illnesses they blame on their exposure to the contaminated Gulf waters. Scott Porter, a professional diver with a degree in marine biology, told the Tampa Bay Times that federal officials “kept telling us it was safe” to dive in the Gulf, so he and some fellow divers continued their work. At the time, Mr. ... Read More

Toxic oil, tar continue to wash ashore in Alabama years after BP oil spill

Tests conducted on the chunks of tar that continue to wash up along Alabama’s shoreline contain exactly the same chemical fingerprint as oil from BP’s massive 2010 oil spill, meaning the oily matter originates from the blown-out Macondo well that fed the Deepwater Horizon rig before it exploded and sank. As if that weren’t bad enough, scientific analyses have found all this tar is still loaded with highly toxic cancer-causing contaminants more than three years later. Reporters from Montgomery’s WSFA-TV 12 took a short walk on Orange Beach in March and collected two pounds of tar they found there. They then took ... Read More

Arkansas attorney general concerned says residents still sick after ExxonMobil oil spill

Mayflower, Ark., residents, including a number of children, are continuing to experience adverse health effects after ExxonMobil’s’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured, Dustin McDaniel, the state’s Attorney General said Tuesday. ExxonMobil’s pipeline breached on March 29, spilling about 5,000 barrels of highly toxic Canadian tar sands oil into a neighborhood and surrounding land. Mr. McDaniels said that town residents continue to suffer from headaches, nausea, and other adverse symptoms after more than a month after the spill. “As we met with residents and groups that represent them … I heard time and time again about their concerns for their health, especially the ... Read More

Keystone Pipeline would cost Americans $100 billion per year in damages, new report estimates

A new analysis of the hidden costs to society presented by the proposed Keystone XL pipeline estimates the damage to human health, property, the environment, and the climate could easily top $100 billion per year. The new report by Oil Change International comes on the heels of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) analysis prepared for the State Department detailing the serious risks posed by the proposed pipeline, which would move thousands of barrels of highly toxic diluted bitumen (dilbit) oil through the middle U.S. from Canada to the Gulf Coast. The EPA’s sharp criticism of the plan was submitted to ... Read More

Alabama’s plans to build convention center with BP oil spill recovery funds sparks anger

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama is receiving $94 million from BP to restore its share of the Gulf Coast in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the governor plans to spend more than 90 percent of those funds on building a new hotel and convention center on the Gulf.  The decision to use the funds for economic development rather than environmental restoration has sparked outrage among conservationists and others concerned about the Gulf’s recovery from the massive oil disaster. The plan is to spend $85.5 million of the BP money to build a convention center in Gulf ... Read More

Tests confirm Exxon’s Arkansas oil spill created highly toxic air pollution

High levels of 30 toxic chemicals were present in air samples taken in Mayflower, Ark., the day after a breach in ExxonMobil’s Pegasus pipeline allowed an estimated 5,000 barrels of chemically treated tar sands oil to flood a suburban neighborhood. A month after the spill, health complaints consistent with exposure to the chemicals from the air samples persist, according to the citizen-based Faulkner County Citizens Advisory Group. April Lane, a spokeswoman for the advisory group, has been collecting reports and documenting health complaints from people living in the area of the oil spill, where potent oil fumes could be smelled ... Read More

BP oil, dispersants sickening and deforming a spectrum of sea life, scientists warn

Fish with open, oozing lesions and shrimp and crabs with no eyes, no eye sockets, and horrible deformities are becoming alarmingly common in the Gulf of Mexico, and scientists monitoring the problem worry that all the toxic pollution unleashed by BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill is sickening fish and altering them at the genetic level. Tracy Kuhns, a commercial fisherman from Barataria, Louisiana, told Al-Jazeera that a fellow fisherman and friend caught 400 pounds of eyeless shrimp at the peak of white shrimp season last September. Darla Rooks, who has been fishing the coastal Louisiana waters all her life, told ... Read More

Belize Supreme Court overturns contracts, sparing barrier reef from offshore drillers

Defying government and big-business interests, Belize’s Supreme Court has declared offshore drilling contracts awarded by the Belize government since 2004 to be null and void. The stunning ruling represents a huge victory for the second-largest barrier reef in the world and a group of organizations dedicated to protecting the ocean from the oil industry’s devastating impact. According to Oceana, one of the conservation groups that brought the case to the court, the ruling “effectively ends the Belizean government’s immediate effort to allow offshore drilling in the Meso American Reef.” Other organizations involved in the case include two Belize-based groups: the ... Read More

Is lack of corporate safety amounting to a ‘terror’ all its own?

If lawmaking proponents of deregulation have their way, Americans won’t have to worry about being harmed by random foreign terrorists so much as they will by the danger and catastrophe presented by many of our own factories, oil rigs, mines, and other places of work. That may sound like an exaggeration, a complete overreach. But is it? Think of all the time and resources law enforcement and intelligence devoted to catching the two Boston bombers who detonated bombs near the finish line of the marathon. Think about all the media attention lavished on that manhunt. All that time, money, and ... Read More

Mexico, hundreds of others sue BP over Gulf oil spill damages

Mexico is pursuing legal action against BP for its role in spilling millions of barrels of crude oil into the Gulf. The lawsuit was filed in March just before the third anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, which killed 11 workers and unleashed a torrent of crude oil and natural gas in the Gulf. The Mexican government was one of several hundred other plaintiffs to file lawsuits against the oil giant ahead of the 3-year statute of limitations set by the Oil Pollution Act (OPA). The third anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion was April 20. In its first-quarter results, ... Read More