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Gulf fishermen say 2012 season is off to a bad start, most blame BP oil spill

Fishing yields are on the rise in some parts of the Gulf Coast hit hard by BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but for fishermen who make their living from the famously rich estuaries in Barataria, Lousiana, the catches are frighteningly low. Before the BP oil spill in 2010, May meant money for fishermen plying the waters of Barataria, situated about 15 miles south of New Orleans. This year’s harvest, however, is turning out to be as gloomy as last year, when seafood harvests hit their lowest levels ever. According to catch data obtained by the Associated Press, the number of ... Read More

Evidence points to a fresh BP oil spill in the Gulf

When Bonny Schumaker flew her small plane over the Gulf of Mexico to conduct a survey of whale sharks, her search instead turned up a massive oil slick that stretched for miles on the surface. The oil appeared to be emanating from the exact site of BP’s blown-out Macondo well, which gushed oil for months and created the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. Alarmed, Ms. Schumaker, a former NASA scientist and founder of the organization On Wings of Care, contacted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Coast Guard with exact coordinates. She even had aerial ... Read More

Scientists, fishermen alarmed at rate of sick fish in the Gulf

CBS correspondent Dr. Debbye Turner Bell traveled to the Gulf Coast recently to talk with scientists and fishermen about post-spill recovery – what’s happening in the Gulf now and how the future is shaping up for the people and businesses that draw their living from Gulf waters. What she reported back were stories of grave concern about the fish being caught in and around the areas hit by the oil spill. According to the report, fishermen who have plied the Gulf waters for years are pulling more and more sick fish out of the water – fish with diseases they ... Read More

BP crews returning to Mississippi for barrier island oil cleanup

BP crews are returning to the Mississippi coast to begin a new oil-cleanup effort as clumps and mats of dark oily sludge wash ashore. The barrier islands that form a broken chain about 10-12 miles off the Mississippi coast are bearing the brunt of the oil that continues to contaminate beaches, surf, and deeper water. Horn Island, the largest of Mississippi’s barrier islands, has taken a beating from the BP oil spill ever since the Deepwater Horizon exploded in April 2010, creating a runaway oil well a mile below the surface that bellowed more than 200 million gallons of crude ... Read More

Grant will fund study to determine safety of Gulf seafood

Researchers led by the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, announced they will receive nearly $8 million to study the effects of the BP oil spill disaster on seafood from the Gulf of Mexico. The five-year grant is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health and Science. In addition to UT, the project will involve researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Louisiana State University and the University of Arizona. Community agencies also will be enlisted to help with the study. According to a report in the Galveston Daily News, the research project ... Read More

BP to Gulf Coast Claims Facility: Stop paying claims for future losses

Communities and business harmed by BP’s oil spill have recovered and business is booming, according to a myopic BP memo sent to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF). The document advises the fund’s manager to stop paying on claims made for future losses because, BP argues, the Gulf of Mexico is healed and anyone harmed by last year’s devastating spill won’t need future assistance from the $20-billion relief fund. “Multiple lines of evidence demonstrate that, to the extent that portions of the Gulf economy were impacted by the spill, recovery had occurred by the end of 2010, and that positive ... Read More

The top 10 deadliest jobs in America

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2009, 4,340 workers left for work never to return home. This number represents a significant decline in the number of fatal on-the-job accidents from 2008, when 5,214 workers lost their lives, but many labor analysts suspect workplace fatalities will rise again in proportion to economic gains and rise in employment. The agency also analyzed these workplace fatalities to determine the top 10 most deadly jobs in America. 1. Fisherman (118 deaths per 100,000) Storms, wind, rogue waves, violent seas, dangerous equipment, illness, isolation, and the constant risk of hypothermia and drowning ... Read More

Scientists say BP oil spill made Gulf fish sick

People have questioned the safety of Gulf seafood ever since BP flooded the water with crude oil and methane gas a year ago, then sprayed and pumped the spill with unprecedented levels of chemical dispersants. The oil disaster hit just as shrimping season was about to begin, closing once-fertile fishing grounds and drawing attention to the scope of the spill. Were shrimpers and fishermen out of work just for the season, or would the environmental and economic impacts linger for years? The question remains unanswered. Many fishing grounds shut down during the spill have reopened and Gulf seafood has been ... Read More

One year after BP oil spill, many Gulf Coast businesses on brink of collapse

One year ago today BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig was consumed by flames, its weakening frame on the verge of collapsing into the sea it fed upon. Today, that image provides a fitting metaphor for thousands of small businesses in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida panhandle that continue to struggle with severe declines in revenues ever since BP’s massive oil slick overtook this part of the Gulf. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, many small business owners in the tourism and seafood industry fear the year-old oil spill will put them out of business soon if visitors ... Read More

Enormous mass of dead fish troubles scientists and Louisiana residents

Oceanographers and scientists have been warning that only time will reveal how much damage BP’s massive oil spill and its use of chemical oil dispersants in the Gulf of Mexico have done to the environment and marine ecology. This week a troubling sign has emerged in the form of an astonishingly large mass of floating dead fish just west of the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. Masses of dead fish surfacing in the Gulf of Mexico are unfortunately  common events, especially near the mouth of the Mississippi River where oxygen-depleted dead zones created by miles of fertilizer runoff frequently choke ... Read More