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Oil spill cleanup technology lags dangerously behind

BP and other giant oil corporations have invested billions of dollars to develop means of drilling deeper and farther out to sea, yet they have invested relatively no money in developing effective deep-sea oil cleanup and response methods. Every year, the oil companies continue to push the envelope on offshore drilling in deep, remote regions of the ocean. Yet a devastating problem without a good solution will be created should anything go wrong with these risky operations, as BP’s volcano of oil in the Gulf of Mexico so clearly demonstrates. Even after the 1979 Mexican oil spill in the Gulf, ... Read More

Distraught Alabama charter boat captain commits suicide

An Alabama charter boat captain, distraught over the oil slick that is causing large-scale destruction of fish and marine wildlife along the Gulf coast, has apparently taken his own life. William Allen Kruse, 55, of Foley, Alabama, was found dead on his boat with a gunshot to his head Wednesday morning around 7:30 a.m. Kruse operated his charter service out of Gulf Shores. Like many vessel operators and fishermen whose regular way of life was destroyed by the oil spill, he wound up on BP’s payroll as one of the cleanup and containment workers. Baldwin County coroner Stan Vinson told ... Read More

BP orchestrated disastrous Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup

BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been compared to the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska’s Prince William Sound ever since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank to the bottom in April. Additionally, BP’s cleanup and containment efforts in the Gulf have invited comparisons to the botched cleanup efforts in Alaska 20 years ago, which, as it turns out, weren’t managed by Exxon at all, but by BP. When the Exxon Valdez deviated from its shipping course and hit a reef, the ship was working under an Alaskan oil industry consortium called Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. BP owned ... Read More

Oil laps land, brings despair, suicidal thoughts to small communities

Much press has been given to the dire threat BP’s oil slick poses to the coastal ecosystems, marine environment, and the economies that depend on the health of both. But now another tragic extension of the oil disaster is becoming apparent – a feeling of hopelessness and abandonment that threatens ways of life and cultural traditions that give the Gulf Coast its own unique, irreplaceable personality. According to New Orleans’ WGNO News, BP’s still-uncontrolled gush of oil has begun to invade the fragile wetlands that sustain Louisiana’s $3 billion seafood industry, and the situation has become so dismal that some ... Read More

Gulf oil fumes sicken workers, BP not concerned

Louisiana fisherman hired by BP to deploy boom and skim the growing oil mass in the Gulf of Mexico are getting sick. In the swamps and marshes in and around Batataria Bay, the fishermen-turned-BP employees working to contain the oil slick are reporting severe headaches, burning eyes, persistent coughs, sore throats, sinus congestion, dizziness and nausea. BP is reportedly assuring these fishermen that they don’t need respirators and other protective gear when working the oil spill, which emits powerful hydrocarbon vapors, or the chemical oil dispersants that are being sprayed across the Gulf. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), however, has ... Read More

Oil spill in Gulf is much larger, new analyses indicate

Since the Deepwater Horizon leased by BP exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico, analysts have been trying to determine how much crude oil has been spewing into the water. The official number for the gushing oil flow, established by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and announced by the U.S. Coast Guard on April 28, is 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) per day. However, other scientists and researchers analyzing video footage of the leak say that the actual amount of oil escaping from the broken pipe is likely to be much, much larger. Two weeks ago, Florida State University oceanographer ... Read More

21 years later Exxon still fights liability for the Valdez oil spill

On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker spilled 11 million gallons of North Slope crude oil into the Alaska’s Prince William Sound, one of the cleanest, most unspoiled coastal ecosystems in America. More than two decades later, animals and residents continue to suffer from the spill’s devastating effects, and scientists say that it could be another 2 decades before the area fully recovers. However, even though millions of fish, sea birds, bald eagles, seals, otters, whales and other creatures suffered agonizing deaths as a result of Exxon’s spill, and even though many of the local communities so dependent ... Read More