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Note: All the pictures in this post are of our beach, we live in Ocean Springs, MS.
Captain John says there are hundreds of dolphins between the shore and the oil, are they staying away, or getting trapped? Can't determine that yet, but none to our knowledge have washed ashore. There were hundreds of dead fish on our beach on Wednesday, and the sea turtles that have washed up are somewhere around 40 the last we checked. Continue the good hopes and prayers, you know the one, it's become or motto of sort:
Swim, Swim, Swim, Fly, Fly, Fly
This is turning out to be long post so rather than posting articles are links, I'm just gonna give you some of the most attention grabbing headlines I am seeing.
The Sun Herald received a report from Ocean Springs attorney Scott Taylor that what appeared to be tar balls were washing ashore in great numbers at Sand Island, one of the smallest of the state’s barrier islands, near the eastern end of the chain between Horn and Petit Bois islands. Ummmm wonder where he heard this from?
From The Sun Herald this morning:
As the first confirmed reports of oil washing ashore on barrier islands were
coming in Thursday, Obama cabinet members tried to reinforce the message
Mississippi leaders continue to give: No need to panic, yet. It might go away.
They even put in a plug for Gulf seafood, promising it’s still safe to
eat because they’ve shut down fishing in contaminated areas.
(Haley) Barbour says, we don’t want to be Pollyanna-ish, but we don’t want to
predict Armageddon,” said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, joined
by Barbour and Commerce and NOAA secretaries. Napolitano said the Gulf oil spill
is “unique and still evolving and potentially an unprecedented disaster” but
offered that “possibly it won’t be.” So typical, DON'T PANIC, yet.
ON THE GULF OF MEXICO — Workers gathered to begin lowering a giant
concrete-and-steel box over the blown-out oil well at the bottom of the sea
Thursday in a risky and untested bid to capture most of the gushing crude and
avert a wider environmental disaster.
But the lowering of the box was
delayed late Thursday because of dangerous fumes rising from the oily water, the
captain of the supply boat hauling the box told The Associated Press. A spark
caused by the scrape of metal on metal could cause a fire, Capt. Demi Shaffer
said. Deckhands wore respirators while workers on surrounding vessels took
air-quality readings. It was unclear when they would be able to proceed, though
crew members were hopeful it would still be on Thursday night. Still no progress in stopping the gushing of what they now say could be millions of gallons of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico.
OCEAN SPRINGS — More than a third of the 7,500 volunteers who registered on oilspillvolunteers.com are from Mississippi and of those, almost 2,500 are from the Coast.
Yet Don Abrams, who set up the site, said Thursday he has been unable to deliver the list to BP or to get the company to acknowledge the list might be of value.
“I’ve offered it to them in any format they want,” Abrams said. But he said he doesn’t think the company is set up to deal with volunteers.
He said the local officials are aware of what these volunteers have to offer, but the people within BP who make decisions aren’t.~ God forbid let anyone local get involved enough to find out the truth.
We know this, the chemical dispersant is killing the wildlife, it reminds me of that part of the movie Erin Brockovich, where they realize that the chemicals in the water is what's causing the deaths, and the lady runs to the pool screaming for her children to get out of the water. I had a long talk with The Captain, about not getting the water on him, do you remember I told you he said it burned a bit when it was splashing on his face? Read this ya'll...unbelievable.
BP working hard to keep the damage hidden
The weather along the Gulf of Mexico finally cleared today, but with the
wind backing around to the north and east, the spill remains out to sea.
Retired University of Alaska marine conservation expert Rick Steiner
joined us today. He's worked on oil spills around the world, most significantly
on the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound Alaska.
that the fact that this spill emanates from the bottom of the gulf (5,000 feet
down), where the water temperature is approximately 1 degree Centigrade (and the
oil is hot) means that by the time the oil reaches the surface, it has
thoroughly mixed with water and therefore does not appear to be the kind of
gruesome slick that is so famous from previous disasters.
It's a PR boon
to BP that this is so, because it means that the oil spill remains hidden from
public view. It does not, however, mean there is not a tremendous environmental
tragedy unfolding. As we speak about this, we need to make that point clear.
It's not just about what we can see from shore and that BP has been proactively
taking steps to keep the damage hidden.
The dispersant being used at the
wellhead – tradename “Corexit,” is nicknamed by Rick “Hidez-it” because the real
reason it is used is to keep the damage out of sight. He points out that oil is
toxic to wildlife, dispersant is toxic to wildlife, but the toxicity of the two
combined is greater than the sum of the parts.
A fisherman we spoke with
also noted that if dispersants are used, it saves BP money because they can hire
fewer fishing boats – at $1,500 per day each – to skim oil.
As we noted
last night, when dispersants are not used, the oil comes ashore and kills birds,
when it is not used, it stays in the water column and kills fish, but it's worth
noting that killing fish means killing birds eventually because of, y’know, that
whole food web thing.
On another BP front, we hear that BP is demanding
that fishermen who they hire in the cleanup sign gag orders, agreeing not to
talk to the media. Rick says it’s one of the many similarities to the Valdez
spill. BP’s reading from the playbook Exxon wrote. This contract was sent to The Captain by BP and another environmental company interested in hiring him. Do I have to tell you they are sitting on our table still unsigned, I didn't think so. Every lawyer we know has a copy though, wink wink.
The rules are:
1 – Understate the amount of oil spilled and environmental damage done.
2 – Overstate the effectiveness of the oil company’s response (or more
accurately, the oil company’s “response theater”).
3 – Try to buy off
the locals for a pittance in exchange for waivers that they will not sue.
4 – Get as many people under a gag order as possible.
Can you believe this shit?
warning the locals that it took 20 years of court battles to get Exxon to pay
damages to the people of Prince William Sound and that the final settlement was
only one-tenth of the original award.
Rick said, “Right after Valdez,
someone told me, ‘Lawyers still unborn will be litigating this spill’ and I
laughed at him. Well, it’s been 21 years and the litigation is still not
finished, so he may be right.”
I cannot tell you how many times I have seen this exact view. This shot is a true glimpse into my world readers, I can see The Captain, hopping across the waves out there. Home truly is where the heart is, this is mine ya'll. This is our view.
That's enough for now, I can feel my blood pressure rising. Ya'll stay with us through the weekend, and I will keep reporting what's going on. Captain John is attending Hazmat training tomorrow to be certified, and I have a lot more to tell you. Stay tuned for more.....
I will do the Captain's update tonight for in the morning......
We love you all,
Captain John and his Bumpkin On A Swing