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I try not to curse on line. First the spill, what will be a multi-generational problem. Then the increased degredation of the marshlands and coastline by "recovery" crews. Now this from a Repbublican leader:

http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2010/06/10/gop-leader-john-boehner-thinks-taxpayers-should-bail-out-bp/

Blipping unbelievable.

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I finally get it. I finally get the metaphor involved in that old German Weill and Brecht song from the twenties. They were trying to say something about the murderous nature of certain fatal attractions, such as the addiction to oil. Mackie's back in town, ne's pas?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvJ9udQ-v0w&NR=1
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Seeing is believing. This is how recovery crews treat the environment they've been contracted to protect. It is key that the least tern is an endangered species.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zmi9YUza3qE

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A cover up in progress.

http://www.wafb.com/Global/story.asp?S=12648847

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Tere,

Boehner had to walk that one back, politically untenable for him, no sense of shame involved. I'm sure he'll continue to do what he can to shield BP and torment Obama.

The whole narrative has been morphing the past few days, softening towards BP or leaving them out of the spotlight altogether. The subliminal message: BP's too big to fail. All those British pensioners, innocent shareholders...Blah. Blah. Blah.

I'll be watching the President's address tonight.

Chris

 
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I get your points, Chris. I hear the other oil company execs tried dillegently to distance themselves from BP in Congress today. Only then to turn around and admit they all use the same blow out procedures. Then there is the case of Exxon whose protocol for responding to a spill in the Gulf includes protecting walruses. Ludicrous.

Here are two links for the day. The first is to Yahoo photos. The aerial pictures give a global sense of the spill:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_sc2199

The second link is to a lengthy article explaining why exactly marshes and estuaries cannot be cleaned up. And why the only fix is in allowing the oil to biodegreade...over time. Even the most radical environmentalists know the truth of it:

http://www.businessinsider.com/cleaning-up-the-marshes-is-going-to-be-a-horrible-nightmare-2010-6

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Watch, watch closely. Turtle rescue effort shortened by BP.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kjw3_bMk8o&feature=email


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My birding friend sent me a report of a birding survey on Point Au Fer barrier island. It is far to the west of the oil spill site and the news is good. But I want to pass the report on so to give an idea of what is in danger. Link gives a map of the island. Zoom in function gives an idea of the island's topography, very porous. Then the report.

http://louisiana.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,1,fid,538283,n,point%20au%20fer%20island.cfm

 ~Labird-
> Just wanted to report some prelim results of coverage of the Point au
> Fer island area from earlier in the week. We used 3 teams to cover about
> 20+ miles of beach on Tuesday and Wednesday. Our focus was to survey for
> Wilson's Plovers and other beach nesting waterbirds, but we also searched
> for oil, oiled birds, and racked up quite a few party hours of summer bird
> atlasing in the Point au Fer, Oyster Bayou, East Bay Junop, and Grand Bay
> Du
> Large quads (but it may be a while before we can compile all the data).
> This is about as remote as you can get on the LA coast. Fantastic area,
> and we did not see any oil on shore except for a few tarballs of unknown
> origin. There was a report of one oiled pelican, but I'm happy to report
> that there were no other oiled birds found. Beach areas were dominated by
> Least Terns, Willets, Common Nighthawks, and Wilson's Plovers. I have
> never
> seen so many Common Nighthawks in my life- my team personally found over
> 250
> individuals on Tuesday alone, and I'm pretty sure that the other two teams
> had similar numbers. At times we could see up to 30 individuals in the air
> at one time. They were continuously distributed along miles and miles of
> beach-dune-marsh habitat. I saw at least ten nighthawk nests with eggs
> plus
> some downy chicks and a fledgling that could already fly. Combined we also
> had several hundred pairs of Willets (plus a few downy chicks), many
> hundreds of pairs of Least Terns (mostly still on eggs), and probably close
> to a 150 pairs of Wilson's Plovers. Also of interest were several pairs of
> American Oystercatchers, and a few non-breeding shorebirds including
> Black-bellied and Semipalmated plovers, American Avocets, Whimbrels,
> Marbled
> Godwits, Ruddy Turnstones, Sanderlings, a Western Sandpiper (ph. Dave
> Patton), and a few Short-billed Dowitchers. Probably the oddest bird was a
> Tropical/Couch's Kingbird in the marsh scrub east of the mouth of Oyster
> Bayou on Tuesday.
>
> Our treat for wrapping up early on Wednesday was a 1 hour boat ride
> around Raccoon Island, currently possibly the largest seabird colony in the
> state. I had never been there before, and the bird numbers were simply
> overwhelming. The ends and gulf side are completely surrounded by oil boom
> and boom contractors were on station there. Although we could not land on
> the island or get close enough to be sure about some ID's and species
> counts, I will still submit a 1 hour survey for the West Isles Dernieres
> Quad, the "birds per party hour" data will become a bit skewed when I
> report
> estimates like 27,000 Brown Pelicans, 50,000-60,000 Sandwich/Royal Terns,
> and 7,000 Laughing Gulls!~
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That is good news Tere, at least for now. Thanks.

Chris

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View of the oil from a diver's perspective.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGX7krQYI_4

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You can save the link and follow the spill's progress through time. It is updated daily.

http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2010/05/gulf_of_mexico_oil_spill_anima.html

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Check this chick out. Born and raised on a Swedish island, gone native in N.O. Fly away birds, please fly far from where we are trying to kill you. Swim, Flipper, get the !@#$ out of here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMXqn42AykM&NR=1

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It's all over but for the shoutin.

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/06/oil_in_the_gulf_two_months_lat.html

Tere

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Can't shake it, the Gulf stream blues. Song is a good 40 years old.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkmP7TApdMQ

Tere

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Gorgeous. Heart breaking.

Thanks, Tere.

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The audio's quality is poor. But this is an eye witness account of how the recovery is being conducted. Pretty sorry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99s1O6K1UvI

Tere

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Here is something going on in Cameron Parish, on the coast and west of the spill site.

Tere

~Cameron Parish is doing what they have done so many times before - preparing
for the worst. However, this time it isn’t for a hurricane but rather the
oncoming encroachment of oil from the Gulf of Mexico into their marshlands,
a fragile ecosystem that has already been devastatingly battered by at least
two major hurricanes within the last five years, Rita and Ike.
Louisiana Army National Guard members from the 928th Sapper Company, 769th
Engineer Battalion, have been working hard to place and to fill two foot
high Hesco Concertainer sections along various points of the Cameron coast.
“The first group came out on Friday to stage the area, leaving supplies. On
Saturday, we began some work on the project, but Sunday was the official
first day of work,” said 2nd Lt. Paul Mounts.
Since last weekend, between 30 to 35 soldiers have been working on a 2 1/2
mile stretch of land east of Holly Beach and by Thursday afternoon, a half
of a mile of it had been completed. Mounts also stated that work on two
additional sites had begun on Thursday morning. In the end, the soldiers
will have completely installed anywhere from 8 to 10 miles worth of
beachfront barriers in various parts of Cameron Parish. To help speed the
process along, the soldiers live at Camp Midstream, which is a few miles
east of their Holly Beach project site, near the Cameron ferry.
“We hope to have the work done in the next week or so depending on weather
and equipment,” said Mounts.
*The sites chosen were* low-lying areas or spots washed out by hurricanes,
places where water from the Gulf of Mexico easily crosses over the roadways
into the marshlands.
“It is not uncommon for water to go over roadways in these places at high
tide with currents touched by southeasternly winds,” said Clifton
Hebert,Director, Office of Homeland Security and Emergency
Preparedness, Cameron
Parish.
*Areas chosen include *Holly Beach and Johnson Bayou, as well an area
between the two and places south of the Cameron Jetty Pier.
The barrier wall consists of linked baskets, which, according to Hebert, are
made from the same felt-like materials used in road beds during
construction, filled with sand brought in from area sandpits. *They are made
to withstand extreme temperatures and weather conditions, tropical storm or
hurricane conditions notwithstanding*.
Cameron’s OHSEP *made the request* for the barrier as a preventative measure.
The Coast Guard *approved the project*, ordered materials and coordinated
with the Louisiana Army National Guard for staging and installation. *BP
foots the bill.
In the eastern part of Cameron Parish*, Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge is
preparing to employ booms for combating the oil encroachment. Hebert stated
that officials were currently in the process of setting up a staging area.
He cautioned that no booms will be dropped until 72 hours before the
oil-contaminated waters’ estimated time of arrival.
To report oil on the shore or other information regarding the Deepwater
Horizon oil spill, the BP Horizon line is 866-448-5816 or visit
www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com. For submitting alternative response
technology, services or product, call 281-366-5511; to submit your vessel
for the Vessel of Opportunity Program, call 281-366-5511. Reporting of oiled
wildlife can be done through 866-557-1401.
On the web:
For more information about the Hesco Concertainer units, visit www.hesco.com

Hope this helps,

Tom

P.S. - If you Google ... louisiana national guard barrier wall gulf oil
spill cameron ... you can find more information on this topic.~
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Hey Tere,

Kudos to you for keeping up on this thread. I recently received an email with a topic line stating BP's oil burn offs were burning sea turtles alive, and I didn't have the courage to open it.

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Thanks, Katfriend. My only wish is that I had a larger venue for the info. About the barriers getting constructed at a place called Holly Beach there is much controversy. Some say it will do no good, that even a smallish storm surge will take out these interlocking boxes I think made of cardboard, that it is a waste of time and money, and that it will destroy nesting habitat. Anyway, would you feel like posting or forwarding the information on the turtles?

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This is from the Christian Science Monitor. Fairly recent.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2010/0625/Gulf-oil-spill-s-wildlife-toll-sharks-near-shore-turtles-incinerated

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Hi Tere,

The email I received was from Credo:

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/bp_endangered_turtles/

This is the most recent development:

"Lawsuit Launched to Force BP and Coast Guard to Protect Turtles From Burning Alive":

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/06/29-1

"Endangered sea turtles are being burned alive in BP oil spill “clean-up” efforts. Bad enough, right? But why are rescue crews hired by BP to save and protect these turtles being blocked from doing so? Is this on purpose in order to burn costly legal evidence?

. . .

Why might BP be blocking rescue teams from saving these endangered sea turtles (which are mostly Kemp’s Ridleys) before they are burned? Perhaps because the fine for harming or killing a Kemp’s Ridley endangered sea turtle is between $25,000 and $50,000.":

http://planetsave.com/blog/blog/2010/06/24/endangered-sea-turtles-being-burned-alive-by-bp-in-bp-oil-spill-clean-up-video-interview/

If you google "BP sea turtles burnt alive," you can find many more links. Here's a good article from Mother Jones:

http://motherjones.com/blue-marble/2010/06/sea-turtles-burned-backlash




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Thanks so much Kat!!!

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Here where I live in southern Louisiana I woke up this morning to Hurricane Alex generated rain and wind. Winds have picked up as the day has progressed. Radio report states that, on the coast in a town called Port Fourchon, waves are ten times higher than normal. Clean up efforts on the beaches have been reduced. Radio report says off-shore rigs are being shut down and ships are leaving the clean up site(s). And yet Alex is projected to come ashore in northern Mexico and southern Texas.

Let me explain something about the dynamics of a hurricane. They churn in a counter-clockwise fashion. This means the right side is the worst side, with highest winds. A storm traveling due west will have the north as its right side. Outer bands will spin out winds due north. Thus the storm's effect on southern Louisiana.

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Tonight on Countdown, Keith Olbermann interviewed John Wathan, of Waterkeeper Alliance, and showed some recent video he took of the oil spill, which included footage of dead and dying dolphins. Wathan said he hopes to have the video he shot this week up soon, and this site was given as the place to view what he has shot so far:

http://bpoilslick.blogspot.com/

Here is the link to Waterkeeper Alliance:

http://www.waterkeeper.org/
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Above I mentioned the sand barrier getting built in cameron Parish at a place called Holly Beach. The predictable happened.

~High tides in Cameron destroy sand wall
High tides from Hurricane Alex destroyed 1,000 feet of a sand wall that the Louisiana National Guard built in Cameron Parish as a barrier against oil from the BP well. Lake Charles' NBC affiliate, KPLC-TV, reports a tide 3 feet above normal seeped through the barriers Wednesday and washed the sand away. Alex came ashore late Wednesday night on the Mexico coast about 100 miles south of Brownsville, Texas. Clifton Hebert of the Cameron Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness says it takes weeks for sand to compact in fabric-lined wire mesh baskets. The National Guard had built about 2½ miles of a planned 8-mile barrier. No oil from the BP well has been reported in Cameron Parish.~

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Thanks, Kat. This is great!

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Tonight on Countdown, Olbermann interviewed Robert Kennedy Jr., who it turns out is the president and founder of the Water Keeper Alliance. When a transcript or video of the interview becomes available online, I will post it here. Kennedy offered provocative information as to why BP has a vested interest in not cleaning up the oil spill at this time.
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Moveon.org is circulating a petition to send to BP to protest their current practice of burning sea turtles alive:

News has emerged from the Gulf Coast that BP is burning endangered sea turtles alive.

That's right. BP is using "controlled burns" to contain the oil spill, and any turtles that are not removed from the area before the fire is lit are literally burned alive.

With BP already facing so much public outrage, we can step in and stop this from continuing. But we have to speak up right now.

A compiled petition with your individual comment will be presented to BP.


http://pol.moveon.org/seaturtles/index.html
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Signed it. Thanks Kat.

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"How the ultimate BP Gulf disaster could kill millions" by Terrence Aym

http://www.helium.com/items/1864136-how-the-ultimate-bp-gulf-disaster-could-kill-millions
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