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Old 08-30-2010, 12:37 PM
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Government Officials Tell Fisherman To Shut Up About Oil Found On Shrimp In BP Gulf Oil Spill Waters Open To Fishing
Posted by Alexander Higgins - August 17, 2010 at 2:04 am

I recently wrote about Gulf fisherman finding oil on shrimp in BP Gulf Oil Spill waters being opened to fishing.

The Federal Government’s cover up of the BP Gulf Oil Spill to save BP billions of dollars in fines and restitution still continues unabated.

Independent scientists have come forward and said the the Government took their data about underwater plumes of oil and told them to shut up.

Other scientists are saying that the Government is confiscating all data obtained from research regarding the oil spill that has not been approved by BP or the Government.

At the same time the Government is not sharing their data with independent scientists or the public but they immediately give all data they collect to BP.

Even a top level EPA official has turned whistleblower and said the Federal Government is covering up the lethality of Corexit and lying about water samples to help save BP billions of dollars in fines.

There are even reports of secret facilities set up by the Government to incinerate animal carcasses to save BP fines of up to $50,000 per dead animal.

The government also ignored its own protocols for opening fishing waters affected by the BP Gulf Oil Spill a move that puts millions at risk for becoming sick and developing long term chronic health affects including cancer.

The decision to open fishing waters came along side warnings from scientists that oil and dispersant had already contaminated the entire food chain from Texas to Florida and in some cases with visible oil still in the waters just miles from the areas being reopened and in other cases in locations where toxic water samples and confirmed dead zones created by the spill were located.

Despite media investigations into the safety of BP Gulf Oil Spill sea food and warnings from CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta that no one can assure Gulf sea food is safe the federal government has still continued to say that Gulf waters are clean and safe for fishing.

Now ABC news reports that fisherman are finding shrimp covered in oil in BP Gulf Oil Spill waters being opened for fishing.

Clearly there is an ongoing concerted effort by BP and the Federal Government to silence scientists and mislead the public about the safety of Gulf waters.

The cover up has included repeated lies that Corexit is as safe as dish soap and has gone as far as violating the constitution to keep horrifying photos of the devastation caused by the spill out of the media and constant lies about the location of the oil.

Perhaps the reason the Government says they can’t find any oil when satellite photos show it covering over 12,000 miles is because as a top level EPA official puts it the public can’t handle the truth.

It is much easier to pretend that improper clean up practices have not contaminated Gulf Beaches and lie about the underwater plumes of oil that will continue to leave Gulf beaches covered in an invisible layer of toxic waste than to admit that thousands of people have become sick from the spill.

The 40% of people exposed to the spill that suffer from skin lesions and respiratory problems are collateral damage and the sea food covered in oil will be out of your system in weeks.

If the Corexit that the government admits may be in the food chain somehow eats through your kidney the way it does boat hulls don’t worry the EPA has assured us you have two kidneys!

If you do get sick or die from the Gulf then you can have the honor of calling yourself a patriot who died in the name of the American Dream.

An American Dream that is now owned by crooked Wall Street bankers, corrupt politicians, and greedy corporations that have been given a license to lie, cheat and kill.

Washington’s Blog has followed up on that story and reveals government officials are telling the fisherman to shut up about it.
Gulf Shrimpers Find Oil In Reopened Fishing Areas. Governnment Says “Shut Up”. Sierra Club Alleges Areas Were Solely Reopened to Limit BP’s Liability

While the government says that the oil is gone, shrimpers say its still there.

The Press-Register reports:

Opening state offshore waters to fishing and winding down the cleanup effort on the coast is premature, said Louie Miller, state director of the Mississippi Sierra Club.

“We’ve got shrimpers out there saying there is oil out there,” Miller said. “We had a meeting Wednesday night where we had over 150 shrimpers… who are saying there is oil out there and these underwater plumes are varying in size and shape. This stuff is obviously moving around out there.”

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[William Walker, executive director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources] “If you are not going to validate what you are saying through accepted scientific protocol and approaches, then quit talking about it without any evidence what you are saying is true,” Walker said.

In other words, shut up.

Obviously, gulf shrimpers have a strong motivation to have everyone think that the shrimp is safe and the oil is all gone. They wouldn’t be speaking out unless the problem was fairly bad.

Indeed, the Sierra Club accuses the government of reopening oiled fishing grounds to limit BP’s liability:

The existence of oil is irrefutable, Miller said. Oil has reappeared on beaches in Alabama, Petit Bois and Horn islands and continues to wash ashore in Louisiana, he said.

Miller said there also is evidence of submerged oil.

“It is a weird thing. It is like strands, this black water, as they are calling it. It is like strands that are about three to four times the thickness of human hair. These things can be about foot-and-a-half, to five- to six-feet-long.”

Miller said the assumption is oil that has been dispersed.

“To open up these waters, in my opinion, is nothing more than to limit the liability of BP to pay claims,” he said.

“Because now they can deny any claims after the time at which these waters were opened back up,” Miller said.

PBS Newshour also covered the shrimpers’ distrust of the government’s claims that all is well:

PBS: [Vice president of the Louisiana Shrimpers Association Acy] Cooper says despite government claims that most of the oil is gone, there’s plenty of it still on the bottom.

COOPER: I went out there and we made about four or five passes with the wheel, with the boat, stirred up the mud, and before you know it, oil was coming up.

So these are the kind of areas that we need to distinguish where it’s at, and these are the new places we need to keep closed.
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Truthout reports:

Two days after [William] Walker’s announcement [that all was well] and in response to claims from state and federal officials that Gulf Coast waters are safe and clean, fishermen took their own samples from the waters off of Pass Christian in Mississippi.

The samples were taken in water that is now open for shrimping, as well as from waters directly over Mississippi’s oyster bed, that will likely open in September for fishing.

Commercial fisherman James “Catfish” Miller, took fishermen Danny Ross Jr. and Mark Stewart, along with scientist Dr. Ed Cake of Gulf Environmental Associates and others out and they found the fishing grounds to be contaminated with oil and dispersants.

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On August 13, Truthout visited Pass Christian Harbor in Mississippi. Oil sheen was present, the vapors of which could be smelled, causing our eyes to burn. Many ropes that tied boats to the dock were oiled and much of the water covered with oil sheen.

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A resident, who has a yacht in the harbor, spoke with Truthout on condition of anonymity due to fears of reprisal from BP. “Last week we were sitting on our boat and you could smell the chemicals,” he explained. “It smelt like death. It was like mosquito spray, but ten times stronger. The next day I was hoarse and my lungs felt like I’d been in a smoky bar the night before.”

***”BP has bought off all our government officials, and shut them up. You can’t say the oil is gone, it’s right here! Them saying it’s not here is a bunch of bull****.”

Truthout spoke with another man, who was recently laid off from the VOO [vessels of opportunity] program. He also spoke on condition of anonymity. “Just the other day one of the Carolina Skiffs passed us spraying something,” he said. “We went west instead of east as we turned and a group of Carolina Skiffs was spraying something over the water.”

A Carolina Skiff is a type of boat, usually between 13′ and 30′ long, very versatile and can function well in shallow or deep waters. They are known for having a large payload capacity and a lot of interior space.

Alarmed by what he saw, the former VOO worker called the Coast Guard to report what he believed was a private contractor company spraying dispersants. “We were later told by the Coast Guard they’d investigated the incident and told us what we saw were vacuum boats sucking oil, and they were rinsing their tanks,” he said. “But we know this is a lie and that BP is using these out of state contractors to come in and spray the dispersant at night and they are using planes to drop it as well.”

He worked in the VOO program looking for oil. When his team would find oil, upon reporting it, they would consistently be sent away without explanation or the opportunity to clean it. “They made us abort these missions,” he said. “Two days ago I put out boom in a bunch of oil for five minutes, they told me to abort the mission, so I pulled up boom soaked in oil. What the hell are we doing out there if they won’t let us work to clean up the oil?”

He told Truthout that as his and other VOO teams would be going out to work on the water in the morning, they would pass the out-of-state contractors in Carolina Skiffs coming in from what he believed to be a covert spraying of the oil with dispersant in order to sink it. He believes this was done to deliberately prevent the VOO teams from finding and collecting oil. By doing so, BP’s liability would be lessened since the oil giant will be fined for the amount of oil collected.

***”I can take anybody in here out and show them oil, every single day,” David White, a local fishing charter captain responded. “I was in the VOO program, driving around calling in oil, telling them where it is and nobody ever came. I never saw any skimmers there and I’m talking about some serious oil. I can show you tar balls going across the bottom like tumbleweeds.”

Yerkes provided Truthout with a written statement from Lawrence Byrd, a local boat captain who was a task force leader in the VOO program from June 4 to July 21. On July 27 and 28, Byrd took BP officials, Coast Guard officials and an EPA official on a fact finding mission in search of oil.

“The Coast Guard told us if we could show them the oil, they’d put us back to work,” Yerkes told Truthout, “So Byrd took him, and other officials out on his boat and showed them the oil.”

Byrd’s statement contains many instances of the group encountering oil on the trips:

“Within 30 minutes in the Rocky Bayou and Boggy Bayou we found 4 different football field sized areas of oily sheen on the water … We moved east from there in search of weathered oil, just past Mid Bay bridge we found a 2 acre oil slick with a water bottle full of crude oil. At this time the Coast Guard Lt. had seen enough to warrant a 2nd trip with BP officials and EPA.”

The next day, July 28, Byrd wrote:

“On board were BP officials, a Parson official, 2 Coast Guard Lts and EPA. First stop Crab Island Destin where we found tar balls, dead fish and plenty of dead sargasm grass. All officials seemed very concerned about all of our findings.”

There is a clear pattern that VOO workers in all four states are consistently reporting:

* VOO workers identify the oil.
* They are then sent elsewhere by someone higher up the chain of command.
* Dispersants are later applied by out-of-state contractors in Carolina Skiffs (usually at night), or aircraft are used, in order to sink the oil.
* The oil “appears” gone and, therefore, no additional action is taken.

“There are surfers coming in with oil on them,” Yerkes continued, “There are divers telling us it’s on the bottom. We have VOO workers coming in after finding oil three inches thick atop the water as of last week and they go back out there and it’s gone.”

Project Gulf Impact filmed local fishermen saying much the same thing:

“Fishermen do not want to lose our credibility or deliver contaminated seafood to market and make people sick.” – Kathy Birren

“While President Obama and state officials claim that the Gulf is ‘open for business,’ these fishermen say the spraying of dispersants in the Gulf of Mexico is ongoing and they’re concerned that seafood pulled from impacted waters is unsafe for eating.”

“The tissue testing of this seafood is inadequate and testing for the toxic dispersants is non-existent.” – Tracy Kuhns, Louisiana Bayoukeeper

“I think it is crucial for the public to be made aware of the concerns of the commercial fishermen. And if a commercial fisherman who makes his living off of those products doesn’t want to deliver them to the public, the public needs to know why.” – Chris Bryant, Commercial Fisherman.

Is the Sierra Club right? Are still-oiled fishing areas being reopened solely to limit BP’s liability?

Are fishing areas instead being reopened to try to save the Gulf fishing industry (even though local fishermen and shrimpers would rather have dangerous areas remain closed so that Gulf seafood’s reputation isn’t permanently destroyed)?

Or is it just part of the same old attempt to cover up the severity of the crisis?

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Brought another box of records to the BP claims office and after a few hours the said they would get back to me in 7 days. I feel better.
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Brought another box of records to the BP claims office and after a few hours the said they would get back to me in 7 days. I feel better.
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I am not going to hold my breath.
You want to come play in the oil this weekend?
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And for those that don't succumb to Cat's pessimistic view of the world:
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Here, we report that the dispersed hydrocarbon plume stimulated deep-sea indigenous {gamma}-proteobacteria that are closely related to known petroleum-degraders. Hydrocarbon-degrading genes coincided with the concentration of various oil contaminants. Changes in hydrocarbon composition with distance from the source and incubation experiments with environmental isolates demonstrate faster-than-expected hydrocarbon biodegradation rates at 5°C. Based on these results, the potential exists for intrinsic bioremediation of the oil plume in the deep-water column without substantial oxygen drawdown.
In other words, petroleum has been here longer than humans. Mother Earth has a plan...


http://newscenter.lbl.gov/news-relea...lume-microbes/

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And for those that don't succumb to Cat's pessimistic view of the world:


In other words, petroleum has been here longer than humans. Mother Earth has a plan...
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BP has a plan too, just like Exxon had a plan in Alaska. They're going to find every way they possibly can not to pay the $20B they promised, not pay the reparations to the fishermen they promised, and then they're going to litigate it for years in the courts.
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It's as if Deepwater never happened;


When the Deepwater disaster occurred in the Gulf of Mexico four months ago, many commentators argued that this was a “game changer” that would change the energy debate forever.

Politicians and the public would realize that the ecological and social cost of offshore drilling was becoming unacceptable, the thinking went.

If you morph the lessons of the Deepwater disaster as well as the Exxon Valdez, it is that the risks of deepwater drilling are huge. Everyone though realizes that we were lucky in the Gulf, where the warm waters are more able to breakdown the oil compared to the cold waters of the Arctic.

In the the Arctic some 5 million barrels of oil spilled would have been a complete ecological catastrophe as the oil would take years – decades even – to break down.

But the lessons of Deepwater have not been learned. The oil industry is just carrying on regardless. Going ever deeper, going ever further into the Arctic.

Take this week’s news about Cairn Energy that says it has found natural gas off Greenland’s western coast.

In the words of respected energy correspondent , Guy Chazan, from the Wall Street Journal, the find is “bolstering hopes that the area could become one of the world’s last significant untapped hydrocarbon provinces.”

Although the find is currently too small to be commercially viable, Chief Executive Bill Gammell said he was pleased with the results. “We’re encouraged because we’ve established there are hydrocarbons in a basin that nobody has ever drilled before that’s the size of the North Sea.”

A new North Sea in the Arctic.

As Guy Chazan argues: “Some of the world’s largest energy companies have gravitated to Greenland’s iceberg-strewn waters in recent years, lured by estimates of its enormous resource potential. The U.S. Geological Survey says the area could hold around 50 billion barrels of oil and gas, more than the total proven reserves of Libya.”

But after Deepwater, when we have witnessed what can go badly wrong when the industry pushes the boundaries of new frontiers, should the industry be there at all?

A Greenpeace protest ship has arrived in the area to protest against Cairn’s, but a Danish warship prevented the protest vessel from entering an exclusion zone around the rig.

Greenpeace argues that “companies like Cairn Energy who chase the last drops of oil at any environmental cost are pushing us in the wrong direction. It’s time to go beyond oil.”

The commentators said Deepwater was a game changer, but the game hasn’t changed at all.

Its as if Deepwater never happened. Because the game is still all about oil...

http://priceofoil.org/2010/08/25/it%...ever-happened/
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Obama masterfully controlled both the emotions of his detractors, and the scientific superiority of this country's vast resources. He made the oil spill disappear, and gives us hope for the future. Thank goodness for BP and Obama.
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Obama masterfully controlled both the emotions of his detractors, and the scientific superiority of this country's vast resources. He made the oil spill disappear, and gives us hope for the future. Thank goodness for BP and Obama.

Send them both personally back to clean up Horn Island..what a tradegedy..
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