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[nomedia=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Evqr855igU]YouTube- Is It Raining Oil in Florida? This Is Just The Beginning - Breaking News!!![/nomedia]

[nomedia=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un8co1d4zb4]YouTube- Oil Rain In Louisiana?[/nomedia]

I suspected we'd end up w shit in the rainfall ...... but where's the truth?


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Little spent on spill cleanup technology

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Experts say the BP leak has exposed a failure by firms and federal government to commit adequate resources to safety and response technology. Full story

Storm adds to tension in Gulf


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Judge significantly invested in BP, oil stocks

Rachel Maddow reports on the results of a review of the 2009 financial disclosure report of Judge Martin Feldman who ruled against the Obama administration's moratorium on offshore drilling.

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[nomedia=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QwsCHd7Lcg]YouTube- Kid with oil stuck on her! Destin Beach, Fl. June 23rd, 2010[/nomedia]

www.youtube.comChild is screaming for mom to get the oil off her. Thousands of very fresh tar balls rolling in on Destin Beach. Kid with oil stuck on her! Destin Beach, Fl. June 23rd, 2010.

the kid is smarter then the mother who brought her there

wtf

close the mutherfuckin beaches

playing in toxic diarrhea is not a healthy outdoor activity. :bingo:

the shit is poison that had more poison thrown onto it

duh

its coming ashore in more places and its not going to stop its going to keep spreading. theres a lot of fucking toxic diarrhea in the gulf slowly bubblin up and spreading out. the methane being released will be a dead zone problem and so will the fuckin toxic dispersant. Its extra slow and long lasting for your enjoyment courtesy of Dick Cheeny. His shriveled black heart will soon beat its last and the gulf will carry on being fucked up for decades.

hurricane that fucking shit all over the place down there and the toxic zone will move inland and into that ground water. if its uber nasty they will have to evacuate until they can clean that shit up; fumes and heat and you'll be puking and all. Imagine that toxic diarrhea all over yer house n car and everywhere you look. I would venture to guess if that shit bakes on for a few days there'll be significant more property damage, stink and stain, maybe fuck up the paint job on your car...

Think BP's got enough money to pay for that?

tbh I wont be buying any produce from down there for at least 4 years. they'll end up w the gulf version of acid rain, different chemical cocktail but still bullshit. I think I'm taking all seafood off the grocery list permanently too.


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Yeah, our beaches here got hit with the oil only this last week. There are still sections of our beaches that are relatively untouched. But that was kind of obvious. o_x; BTW, Destin is one of the most beautiful cities EVAR.


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Enough is Enough: No new drilling. Period.

A federal judge in Louisiana - who, according to the most recent financial disclosure forms available, owned stock in several oil companies as recently as 2008 - stood with the oil industry this week and lifted the Obama Administration's 6-month moratorium on new deepwater exploration and existing deepwater drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Despite the fact that as much as 60,000 barrels of oil continue to pour into the Gulf every day, the judge called the moratorium "arbitrary and capricious."

The oil industry's gross negligence led to the current disaster - and many more like it in the past. It could not be clearer that we need to transition off of dirty fossil fuels once and for all.

The Obama Administration has promised to refine and reinstate the moratorium, which they definitely should do. But what we really need is Congressional action.

The time has come to stand up together against the inordinate influence of Big Oil and tell our elected representatives that the oil industry and other dirty fossil fuels industries cannot be allowed to hijack our energy policy any longer. Take action now to tell Congress: No new drilling. Period.

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Energy [R]evolution now!

The best way to stop oil spills from happening is pretty simple, actually: Leave the oil in the ground where it belongs.

If you think that's not possible, or that it would mean shivering in the dark, or that millions of people would have to go without energy and jobs, you'd probably be forgiven for thinking that. That's the line that Big Oil and King Coal have been feeding us. But it's wrong on all

counts.

We teamed up with more than 30 scientists and engineers from universities, institutes, and the renewable energy industry to create our new report, Energy [R]evolution: A Sustainable USA Energy Outlook.

The report lays down a blueprint for how we ensure our emissions peak by 2015, as the Nobel prize-winning IPCC says they must if we're to avoid runaway global warming, while phasing out nuclear and fossil fuel energy. It shows how we can provide about 96% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2050, and in the process create 800,000 jobs in the

renewables sector alone by 2030.

Read more about the Energy [R]evolution report, download a copy, and help share it on Facebook and Twitter.

http://us.greenpeace.org/site/R?i=UjEqMEJvzxZbGz3TbzaaEQ..


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Hurricane Alex 2010: First Atlantic Hurricane Of The Season

Oil rigs and platforms in the path of the storm's outer bands were evacuated, and President Barack Obama issued a pre-emptive federal disaster declaration for southern Texas counties late Tuesday.

The three oil rigs and 28 platforms evacuated are not part of the Gulf oil spill response. Alex is projected to stay far away from the spill zone and not effect recovery efforts, but tall waves kicked up by the farthest reaches of Alex did toss oil-soaking boom around the water.

Kimmel was right on top of this, with an amazing analogy: "BP taking credit for boosting the economy in the Gulf is like Al Qaeda taking credit for creating jobs in airport security." Kimmel went on to unveil a fake commercial for BP, complete with a new slogan: Putting America Back To Work...Cleaning Up Our Sh-t."

[nomedia=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gurd72bTiYs]YouTube- BP Putting Positive Spin on Oil Spill[/nomedia]

Stewart: Blame Clinton Not Bush (VIDEO)


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Oil companies like BP have been getting billions in taxpayer handouts for years. With the economy in such terrible shape, we simply can't keep doing this--not when teachers and firefighters are getting laid off because of lack of funding.

I signed a petition urging Congress to vote end taxpayer handouts to Big Oil and instead put the money to priorities like schools and health care. Can you join me at the link below?

http://pol.moveon.org/oilsubsidies/?r_by=21500-11954441-T52z19x&rc=paste

Thanks!


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IS GOV. BOBBY JINDAL SABOTAGING GULF EFFORTS FOR POLITICAL GAIN?

By Faiz Shakir, The Progress Report

He has delayed the deployment of National Guard troops, led

a crusade to build sand berms thatexperts say won't work,

and confused the planning of the spill response. http://www.alternet.org/story/147364/is_gov._bobby_jindal_sabotaging_gulf_efforts_for_political_gain

Thank you for taking action through our Care2 campaign on the current oil crisis in the Gulf. Food & Water Watch has been working with a whistleblower for over a year to shut down BP Atlantis, another deepwater platform in the Gulf that is missing 89 percent of its engineer approved safety documents. We work to challenge the corporate control of our food, water and oceans resources. We hope that you will continue to take action with us, and we need your help now to ask President Obama to shut down BP Atlantis today.

http://action.foodandwaterwatch.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=4154

We notified the Minerals Management Service (MMS) over a year ago that BP Atlantis was missing 89 percent of its necessary safety documents. Even though missing documents are at the heart of many BP disasters, including the current one, MMS still refuses to close Atlantis until it can be proven safe. Recently, the agency admitted that they have done no meaningful investigation into BP Atlantis and even though we're facing the worst oil spill in U.S. history, MMS continues to issue permits to BP for deepwater oil drilling.

The inability to close a rig that is operating without any evidence of safety, especially in light of the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, makes us think that Interior Secretary Salazar is serving oil interests, not the public interest. It seems to be business as usual under his leadership, despite heavy-handed rhetoric to the contrary.

President Obama should demand that Secretary Salazar regulate the oil industry-starting with shutting down BP Atlantis until it is proven safe.

http://action.foodandwaterwatch.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=4154

Thanks for taking action,

Wenonah Hauter

Executive Director

Food & Water Watch


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Oil spread leaves horror in its wake

John Wathen, who photographed and documented the death of animals affected by the oil spill, joins Countdown to recap what he saw.

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way worse then they're telling us


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[nomedia=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hV0TnjnuFww]YouTube- Sea Shepherd flies over the Gulf. ***Exclusive footage***[/nomedia]

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Burned Alive: Gulf Wildlife at Risk

The Gulf is Dying, the Recovery Is Stalled, 15 Million Need Jobs and the Natio...

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EPA chief: I wouldn't swim off Panhandle

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PENSACOLA BEACH - The nation's top environmental regulator said she would not swim in the waters off an oil- and tar-saturated beach at a Panhandle park and advised beachgoers to trust their noses and eyes when deciding whether to plunge into the gulf.


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[nomedia=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqdEpGqyD30]YouTube- TO BP OFFICIALS AND THE PRESIDENT.WMV[/nomedia]

www.youtube.comThis video is made by a WELL COMPLETION SERVICES TECH. And explains what are views based on working knowledge of what is transpiring in the Gulf of Mexico

I had a nightmare about the slick last night


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Oil spill reaches Lake Pontchartrain

July 06, 2010|By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles TimesReporting from Atlanta — Anne Rheams saw them this week floating in the water, small and scattered and about the size of silver dollars. Some had washed up near boat docks, others near lakeside subdivisions — tar balls, most likely from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

They made their way to Lake Pontchartrain, the vast estuarine oval that hems New Orleans to the north — and defines the city's character and destiny as much as the winding Mississippi River a few miles south.


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because shit is all over online blowing the cover up

this is bullshit

can't wait to see which group sues first


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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


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Invisible Contamination: How the BP Spill Might Be Poisoning People Without Their Knowing It

Posted by macmcclelland at 6:50 am

July 8, 2010

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Invisible Contamination: How the BP Spill Might Be Poisoning People Without Their Knowing It

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Article printed from speakeasy: http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy

URL to article: http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2010/07/08/invisible-contamination-how-the-bp-spill-might-be-poisoning-people-without-their-knowing-it/

This post originally appeared on Mother Jones.

Rip Kirby’s got the 365-nanometer UV flashlight and I’ve got the shovel. He’s a grad student in the University of South Florida’s geology department, and we’re standing on Pensacola Beach in the middle of the night digging a hole so he can show me the layers of tar buried beneath new sand the tide has washed up. Some of the tar mat is so thick that it’s visible to the naked eye. Other traces of contamination are so subtle that they can only be seen with Kirby’s ultraviolet light, which makes crude fluoresce an unnaturally bright orange.

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Photos: Rip Kirby, Alexander Higgins, Mac McClelland

We trek around Pensacola Beach with the oversize light, illuminating oil everywhere: on decks, driveways, boardwalks, handrails. Blobs of it, smears of it, perfect imprints of footprints glowing neon, far beyond the waves washing oil from the Deepwater Horizon leak ashore. “The problem,” says Kirby, who works with USF’s Coastal Research Lab, “is that they’re not using proper decontamination practices in the cleanup. What they should be doing is stopping the workers at the edge of the contamination area”—the shore within the reach of the waves—”and having them get totally cleaned up or stripped down before they walk away.”

He complains about the machines that drive around collecting sand in giant sifters that are supposed to collect the tar balls while redepositing the pretty white sand. “But the sifters are breaking up the tar balls and spreading them all over the place,” Kirby says. “This operation and the traffic are spreading the contamination everywhere.”

The “traffic” would refer to tourists. Though Pensacola was hardly at full capacity this 4th of July weekend, there were plenty of beachgoers out. “We’re having fun at the Hampton Inn Pensacola Beach!” the reservations clerk at the Hampton answers. In the lobby, the lady in the asymmetrical top on HLN says the beaches are closed; past the blaring TV, families outside frolic in the emerald surf. As the hotel desk will tell you, the beach is indeed technically open. The Escambia County Health Department has erected some signs warning people to “avoid” swimming, and that children and pregnant women should avoid the area altogether. I drove down 15 miles of beach and saw only two such warnings. It’s definitely possible I missed some—they’re about the size of a sheet of computer paper.impact_notice.preview.jpg

“Did y’all go swimming?” I ask a couple coming off the beach in swimsuits and towels. They did. Did they see this sign, I ask, pointing? They lean in closer. They didn’t. “Oh!” the woman says. “Well, lotsa people are swimmin’ out there, and it seems fine.”

It does. But for the tar balls, Pensacola Beach is still jaw-droppingly gorgeous. And the messages coming out of local government are confusing. The little signs on the beach say “oil product” is present and dangerous even if it’s not visible. But health department director John Lanza made comments to the Miami Herald urging people to stay out of the water only if they saw oil in it or felt it on their skin while swimming. He also said, “We are not advising that anyone go in the water,” right before he said, “If you really want to go into the water, you’re welcome to do that.” He admitted that the EPA hadn’t yet determined if the water is safe, but not that the University of West Florida Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation is consistently finding crude in its water samples. Nor did he acknowledge that there appears to be no information available about the presence of BP’s dispersants, which, tourists may or may not know, with excessive repeated exposure can make your red blood cells explode.

The director of the Louisiana ACLU has pointed out that it’s nobody’s business to forbid you from rolling around in tainted sand if you’re so inclined, any more than government officials can slap a cigarette out of your mouth. But as with warnings on cigarette packs, it is government officials’ responsibility to make clear how seriously you could be compromising your health.

“Being on the beach will cause respiratory problems,” a woman at the Escambia County citizens’ information line told me. “A lot of people who’ve been in contact with the oil are having that.” When I ran that past the county public information officer, she said she had no idea what I was talking about, and that neither the EPA nor the health department had advised the county to shut down the beach. The Escambia County commissioner says he’s “not afraid to close the beach” if he gets “the right kind of information.” But, understandably, he doesn’t “want to err on the side of putting several people into bankruptcy.” One anonymous health department employee knows that Pensacola’s economics will continue to temper the official messages about possible health effects. “The only way this beach is going to close,” he admitted to a group of environmentalists, “is if it’s on fire.” In the meantime, the top of the Escambia Disaster Response web page announces, “The beaches are open and ready for business!”

And so, there are people everywhere, under the impression that they’re “fine,” picking up and spreading contamination, the full extent of which is visible only under Kirby’s UV light. One of the resorts has put up oil-washing stations on its beaches—not, according to the accompanying signs, for health reasons, but so you don’t bring it into the buildings. The pier is packed with tourists fishing. When I arrive there, someone has just caught a blacktip reef shark longer than me. I join the crowd to watch the fisherman wrestle it onto its side, pin it beneath his knees, and start stabbing it to death. Just a few yards further down the pier, another fisherman has snared another one, almost as big. He picks it up by the tail, and when I turn my face away before he can swing it face-first into a wooden post, I see that the guy watching next to me is also wincing.

“This is horrible,” I say to him.

“Yeah,” he nods, but then reconsiders, and relaxes his furrowed brow. “Though I guess with all this oil, it was just gonna die anyway.”


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Offshore Drilling Moratorium: Rejected Again By Federal Court Despite Obama's Appeal

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected the federal government's effort to restore an offshore deepwater drilling moratorium, opening the door to resumed drilling in the Gulf while the legal fight continues.

The ruling is not the final word on the Obama administration's fight to suspend new drilling projects so it can study the risks revealed by the disastrous BP oil spill.

The same appeals court is expected to hear arguments on the merits of the moratorium case in late August or early September.

While it's possible that 33 exploratory wells suspended by the moratorium could resume drilling, companies might not bother with the expense while the ultimate future of the projects hangs in the balance.

Catherine Wannamaker, a lawyer for several environmental groups that support the moratorium, said she was disappointed by the ruling but expressed confidence that the Obama administration ultimately will win its appeal.

get the hick off the bench


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