Good Morning Ya'll,
It's Captain John
The vessel of opportunity program meeting provided by BP, that I attended yesterday along with 400 of my local commercial fishermen, charter boat captains, and deckhands, was nothing more than a man sized pacifier dangled in front of all of us to buy more time. Not one boat was hired, not one man got a job. A total of 17 boats have been hired in the state of Mississippi, all out of the Pascagoula area. I learned how to boom oil, stretch booms, safety gear techniques, and most importantly what sedimentary dispersion of oil is. Don't over think it folks. Sedimentary dispersion is simply dropping the oil to the sea floor, with the use of toxic dispersant, in 5000 feet of water, hoping the currents will remove it from the cameras view.
Thank goodness for CNN reporting that only two birds died, and two birds were cleaned and then set free, oh what a great job BP is doing. The Alabama Department of Wildlife and Fisheries personally confirmed to me that 3 porpoises have washed up on Horn Island 11 miles away from our home shore, BP has confirmed that the oil is still 30 miles off shore. But as of Tuesday, I personally captained my boat through an oil spill as big my house, 8.6 miles due south, north of the barrier islands. I informed City Hall, our local media, our county supervisors, they all told me I must have been mistaken, but the white towel I dipped in the oil is still a sore subject with The Bumpkin as it will never come clean. That pesky rusty algae, looks like oil to me. Yeah, can you believe it, oil sitings reported to DMR and BP are being discounted as rust colored algae in the water. First time since the 80's I've seen rust colored algae in these waters.
People they are treating us like fools, to protect the bottom line.
This has far surpassed a BP cover up, this cover up is being supplied by the US Government.
This must be the 9th day in a row, that the oil is just now hitting the Chandeleur Islands, the largest bird sanctuary I have ever seen in my life, not to mention the loudest. Fishing 50 yards off those islands, you can't hear the man in the boat next to you, the birds are so loud.
They are pretending to coordinate locals into this effort, yet have denied over qualified help, due to administrative loop holes. I don't know how many loop holes there are, but I for one am tired of jumping through those hoops. I have been as nice as I am going to be. At this point I am encouraging any federal agency to arrest me for performing animal rescue work. First responders with their hands tied behind their back, I won't tolerate it. Thank god for Tri-state Bird Resuce the DELAWARE agency that has been hired by BP to rescue every single animal in need. How ridiculous, they also can not coordinate qualified volunteers, yet are being paid to do so. Gag orders signed, check's in the mail. These animal's are riding on Hush Money? Our marine life does not have the luxury of time, they have to eat, they have to breathe, WTF people? Who's the animal's voice in this situation, who's gonna step up, paid or not? Most importantly, WHEN, when are they gonna step up? We should have teams of rescue and cleaning volunteers on those islands, we should have cleaning stations aboard the vessels, we should have immediate transport to medical facilities, we have none of the above.
I have never seen a sea turtle with a cellphone that could call a lawyer~Captain John
Everyday is like Christmas Eve here on The Mississippi Gulf Coast, we just can't wait to see what gifts we are getting tomorrow.
BP has decided to minimize the initial impact to our shorelines, in exchange for the long term devastation of our marine life. This is a problem my son will be dealing with when he's my age too. The mass numbers of volunteers have not been coordinated, but for two weeks could have made such a difference. BP claims it has dispersed 250,000 gallons of chemicals, yet 16 C130s; 8 at Stennis Space Center, 8 at Keesler Air Force Base, each with the ability to carry 51,000 pounds of chemicals in a flight, have been dispatched non-stop except for the 48 hours that the EPA was investigating the chemical itself. Do the c130's dispersant not count as part of the 250,000 gallons.
How much have we really dumped in our waters, and where are the studies of this product, and how can us hoop jumpers find out the long term effects of this chemical being produced in Illinois? Hiding the oil 5000 feet below the surface is less than a band-aid on a tumor. ~Captain John
This is the same chemical that BP is dispersing at the well head. We know it sinks oil, we know it creates sedimentary disperment.
We need a common meeting ground for all reasonably intelligent activists.
Every Audubon society is ready to help, IMMS is ready help, everyone is ready, ready, ready, ready to help, and the animals are dying, dying, dying.
This cover up will create health concerns as well. Our local fishing waters are still open, with the oil apparent. Are they putting this cover up ahead of human health also?
Is there an honest journalist out there with a camera that is willing to go on a boat ride with this Captain?
I brought home a 1952 boat last night, my buddy and I talked about restoring it. For what? We'd have to bring it out of state to use it.
It's been 19 days, and BP and the government has failed to supply any first responder animal rescue training or certifications, and those of us who already posses those are not invited to help on a paid or volunteer basis. We are restricted from helping them for free.? Really? Do you believe BP's image would plummet if all the dead wildlife was on CNN? The media is as much to blame as any entity involved in this cover up, they are purposely and willingly misleading us.
Dear Oprah, Stephen Colbert, John Daily, Robyn Meade, Robin Roberts (come on girl this is your back yard Robin) where are you, what's up with your producers? This story seems to be old news already and it's barely begun. Thank god for the foreign press, BBC, and UK reporters who are jumping up and down, speaking the truth. Are they reporting to protect shareholders, or to really tell the truth?
I firmly believe that the more you express your frustrations with this situation the more black balled you become. This entire problem was created by greed, and the lack of knowledge and how to handle methane gas at a lower temperature and a higher pressure, has caused the original blowout, and the failed attempt with the dome.
Any high school student could have designed a dome better, it would have had a larger opening at the top to allow the methane crystals to rise, raising their temperature, expanding into a gas and being safely removed from the line.
It's hard to believe they didn't know this when they built the dome, or was it really just a dome of hope for the masses. Gentlemen you lead sheep, not men.
It's very hard not to take it personal, when they are personally screwing all of us.
We are not fortunate that the oil hasn't landed on our shores yet, if it did, the humans responsible for it's spill, would be responsible for the cleaning and removal of it as well. We don't have to worry about cleaning it 5000 ft down, no one can see it, so we can pretend it's not there. What happens if a big hurricane comes, is it all coming ashore then? A storm taking the same path as Katrina, would go directly over the rig, and directly to our shores. Have there been any studies of the currents at 5000 ft depth? Where's it going? There's no magic, it's not disappearing, the consequences will last for years; if not decades.
I find it amazing that in 2010, that BP did not have a catastrophe plan in place for this event. It's very obvious now that they chose profits over our environmental well being. I wonder if they have a plan to replace our plentiful seafood?
If we could skim off all the bullshit, maybe we could get to the oil. ~Captain John
This song's very appropriate for the situation I think.
Question Authority, Welcome To The Machine.