Thursday, July 1, 2010

They have made our SEA a DYING HELL.

We are fighting against vicious, big profiteering oil's like swinging away in the dark.  We make our stand with Mother Nature.   We are trying not to fade away as it plays out before us__ helpless, no outcry, as big corporations crush our humanity and savage our animal brothers and sisters, the planet in pursuing profits.  They consume our relations!  Is this the future we create for our children?  We live in the midst of a family of living creatures, in eco-systems... refusing to share our world.   This relentless murder of our environment diminishes us; morally.   Our souls are in atrophy!  What makes us human is becoming Unseen.   Industrialization rules us, we don't rule it.   We rape the Earth Mother who cares for our existence in silent constancy, world without end.  We are reaping what we have sowed.  And we might now understand en masse that there is a world with an end.  A filthy, dirty, corrupted ending choking on our 'comforts',  ..... this is day 73 of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico without end and coastlines suffering deeper in the oncoming high tides of Hurricane Alex. 

A very large thank you to Hurricane Creekkeeper John Wathen: BPoilslick Blog
The video he filmed shows us too much for some to bear.  There are those who refute it as lies.  Yeah, they hired the dolphins and that sperm whale to star in an eco-disaster film...   How can people be so heartless and cold and purposely blind?   

......{But when that spill occurred two months ago, it soon swamped the Marine Spill Response Corp.
MSRC "has never had to deal with anything even remotely this large and chaotic," said Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, which is suing BP for damages under the Clean Water Act.}  Washington Post read it all here
Overwhelmed and standing still, the agencies and stop gap facilities big oil corporations and our government had 'in place' to 'handle' this kind of eco-disaster is failing miserably.  There is no in between or 'ongoing effort' here ... there is only failure.  The Gulf of Mexico is a dead zone in the making and there is nothing, no response, no plan, no tactic being used to stray from this course. 

Today: The oil that's spewed for two and a half months from a blown-out well a mile under the sea is expected to surpass the 140 million gallon mark, eclipsing the record-setting Ixtoc I spill off Mexico's coast from 1979 to 1980. Even by the lower end of the government's estimates, at least 71.2 million gallons are in the Gulf.  As the Gulf gusher neared the record, Hurricane Alex whipped oil-filled waves onto the Gulf Coast's once-white beaches. The government has pinned its latest cleanup hopes on a huge new piece of equipment: the world's largest oil-skimming vessel, which arrived Wednesday.

The tanker / recycler "The Whale" has been brought in to scoop and recycle surface crude oil in the Gulf.  It is a huge vessel, a floating city!  It takes in contaminated water through 12 vents on either side of the bow. The oil is then supposed to be separated from the water and transferred to another vessel. The water is channeled back into the sea.

A lawsuit filed on Wednesday says BP is violating the Endangered Species Act and other laws with their "controlled burns" in the Gulf of Mexico.
The complainants, Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), Centre for Biological Diversity, Turtle Island Restoration Network and Animal Legal Defence Fund, have asked the Federal court for a temporary restraining order to stop all burning activities "until...mechanisms are implemented that will prevent any additional sea turtles from being burned alive."
"It is horrifying that these innocent creatures whose habitat has already been devastated by the oil spill are now being burned alive," AWI president Cathy Liss told the court in Louisiana.  
Containment efforts put in place since a BP-leased offshore oil rig exploded April 20 unleashing the worst oil spill in US history include "controlled burns", in which oil is gathered by ship-towed floating booms and set on fire.
"Endangered sea turtles, including the Kemp's ridley, one of the rarest sea turtles on Earth, are caught in the gathered oil and unable to escape when the oil is set ablaze," the animal welfare groups said.
They said some 430 sea turtles from endangered species have perished so far in the oil spill.

In his first appearance before Congress since taking on the job, Kenneth Feinberg on Wednesday criticized BP's (BP) process for compensating those who have lost their livelihoods in the spill's wake. The oil company has paid out almost $130 million so far on 41,000 claims -- but more than 80,000 claims have been submitted.   "It is not sufficiently efficient. It is not paying all that many small business claims," Feinberg said in testimony before the House Committee on Small Business. Instead of the month-to-month emergency checks going out now, Feinberg plans to have his new entity, the Gulf Spill Independent Claims Fund, send out six-month lump sum payments "to give small businesses more certainty."   Exactly what constitutes a "legitimate" claim is still being determined, but Feinberg said that he envisions limits.
That $20 billion seems to be finding it's ceiling!
Elsewhere: The President has NOT put a moratorium on oil drilling.  Since the spill, 17 new offshore oil drilling projects have been permitted. Even the six-month deepwater moratorium was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge June 22, leaving it void if not overturned on appeal or reinstated on different legal grounds. (Nevermind that the judge has invested in Transocean, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded, Halliburton, which handled the faulty cementing of the well, and about a dozen other companies involved in offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.) And Obama has always been a supporter of offshore oil, though some of his environmentalist supporters seem to have forgotten that; he made good on a campaign promise shortly before the BP oil spill started and proposed opening additional offshore waters to oil and gas exploration – in the Gulf of Mexico, along the Atlantic coast and off Alaska. (Permits to start drilling in those new waters have been suspended temporarily.)
It's touted that boycotting BP gas stations makes no difference to the big oil corporation as they are individually owned and __BP disinvested in its U.S. gasoline chain in 2007, leaving independent owners invested most heavily in local stations. They pay BP a licensing fee and may (or may not) be more likely to carry BP gasoline, but the economics of wholesale oil and gas is such that BP, Britain's largest company, is unlikely to suffer much from a retail gas boycott, but BP the local station owner could. Anyway, what's the better alternative? And unfortunately, oil ends up in a lot of products other than gasoline, under a lot of different brands, making it difficult to avoid one company's product.  You know what?  If we boycott BP successfully.... who the heck is going to do business with them?  It doesn't matter... it doesn't affect them?  Horseshit!  Another reverse psycho-babble from big corporate PR for you to fall for. 
The U.S. imports 57% of the oil we burn, and two-thirds of those imports come from politically unstable or hostile countries. As a nation, we spend more than $700 million a day on imported oil (the figure was more than $1 billion as recently as 2008, when oil prices were higher). There isn't enough oil offshore to offset that imbalance. An analysis by the Energy Information Administration, the most credible government voice on energy issues, predicted that new offshore oil drilling would result in a whopping 3-cent difference in the price of gas by 2030.  
There are those who claim this incident is isolated.... unusual to the deep water off shore drilling community.  More bullshit! The facts keep piling up showing negligence – or at the very least, bad decision-making – by BP, and many of those decisions and conditions may be unique to BP, which has been criticized before this for a culture that put profits far ahead of safety and environmental protection. But disaster preparedness by other oil companies drilling in the Gulf, and oversight by the government, is virtually identical.
Just how many barrels of oil are spilling a day?  BP doesn't want that to ever be calculated. 

Many people, lots of them taking an active part in protest or clean up with wildlife, are overwhelmed by the film of ongoing atrocity the oil spill is triggering.  Many can not watch the films ... there are some who "poo poo" it all as lies or 'nonsense' or bullshit.   Just as BP would have it.   As long as you know that sticking your head in the sand, the oil soaked sand, is another small 'win' or victory in the fight for big corporate oil.  We must witness what is happening, we must not fade away from this!  The people in Mexico, during the Ixtoc spill in the 70's, were too afraid of the police, politicians and big corporate oil to say a damn thing. It was international groups that appealed to the world for a justice for nature.... which, for the most part, was ignored.   The demographic of environmentalists, conservationists and green defined Americans has swelled vastly.  Our voice can make a difference.  Our outrage can mean the difference!  Please don't turn away in apathy!  Please continue to voice you outrage and to urge your local politicians to do the same and to make a political / fiscal difference where it is needed in the 'clean up'.  

This made a big impression on my life.  I still feel it.  I hope you do too.  How many know that this commercial was 'thought up' by a few young Republicans who first peopled the Environmental Protection Agency? 

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