Gulf Oil Tsunami Update (Twitter bomb the MSM so they’ll ANCHORS away)Posted: May 24, 2010
I wanted to share with you the latest news that we’re getting locally as I know that it doesn’t appear to be getting out of the region. Now that more data is reaching the scientific community, the news down here is getting more grim. Of course, most of the scientists studying the Gulf are Gulf residents themselves.
Jackson State Scientist , Dr. Remata Redd, who studies and teaches tropical meteorology is concerned about something I’ve thought possible now that hurricane season is beginning. He believes that the Gulf Oil Spill can only spread when surface winds push the oil. One of my bigger fears has always been that the oil will eventually work it’s way up the Mississippi and get into drinking water supplies for our various coastal communities as well as New Orleans, itself.
“Direction and intensity is important as to which direction the oil is moving,” Reddy said.
He said if a tropical storm were to form in the Gulf, there could major ecological problems for residents along the Gulf Coast. If a storm were to travel to the east of the oil spill, the concentration of the oil would head to the center of the Gulf, he said. If the storm would travel to the west of the oil spill, the bulk would be thrust up against the Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama coastlines, Reddy said.
“No one can tell me how much oil is below the surface and if a hurricane comes, the hurricane will stir it up and in the form of tidal surge,” said Jefferson Parish Emergency Management Director Deano Bonano. “There’s no boom, no plan in place to protect us.”
And some say it doesn’t have to be as severe as a hurricane to cause severe damage. Leaders in St. Bernard Parish are fearful of the possibility of wind, water and oil pushing inland.
“A tropical storm could lift oil and contaminated water to the marsh and to the eastern and residential areas as well,” said St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro.
Also, local sources (WDSU NEW ORLEANS) are reporting that BP is ignoring the EPA and continuing to use the same toxic dispersant we’ve discussed before. Having this reach potable water supplies worries me tremendously. I’m warning all my friends with small children to consider switching to pure spring water.
BP PLC is continuing to spray a toxic chemical dispersant to break up the Gulf oil spill, even though a deadline to stop use of the chemical has passed.The Environmental Protection Agency directed BP last week to find an alternative to a dispersant, called Corexit 9500, that has been identified as a “moderate” human health hazard. The product can cause eye, skin or respiratory irritation with prolonged exposure.
Every day on the local news we are regaled with maps of oil spill movements instead of wind currents aloft. We see maps and maps that show closings of fishing, shrimping and oyster areas. This has been going on here for well over a month and I have to admit I’m beginning to feel a siege mentality. It takes up nearly all the local news and most of the weather broadcasting. Meanwhile, if BP is responsible for the cleanup and catastrophe down here, why am I reading this at our WWLTV website?
Congress is getting ready to quadruple — to 32 cents a barrel — a tax on oil used to help finance cleanups. The increase would raise nearly $11 billion over the next decade.
The tax is levied on oil produced in the U.S. or imported from foreign countries. The revenue goes to a fund managed by the Coast Guard to help pay to clean up spills in waterways, such as the Gulf of Mexico.
If you haven’t seen the slideshow at WDSU called “Officials Clean Critters, Crude on Coast”, I urge you to go there and see our heartbreak for yourself. WWLT has a special set of pictures that show the damage the oil is doing to Pelicans and their nesting areas in Plaquesmines Parish. Here are some more galleries from nola.com which is the website for the New Orleans Times Picayune. I’ve seriously meant to write about other things–including Financial Regulation–but it’s very hard for me at the moment. I walk the dog and I smell the stuff. I see helicopters over head all the time again; much like during the Hurricane Katrina aftermath. You can’t watch TV down here at all without seeing ad after ad of trial lawyers looking for clients and then there’s the relentless news and weather updates. We’re in a state of emergency. I don’t feel like any one at the White House really gets this.
I’m not sure what it’s going to take to get a serious plan and response to this crisis. We’ve seen no major news anchors down here. Not even the Jim Cantore from the Weather Channel has shown up so I feel like so many folks don’t know what kind of a situation is developing here in Southern Louisiana. I’m thinking we should twitter bomb them to get some better news coverage. I don’t know what else to do. Certainly, they can’t block the major TV news anchors from seeing the damage. Even BP chief Tony Haward has been here.
The chief executive of BP PLC walked the oil-stained sands of a closed Louisiana beach as workers in white coveralls and yellow boots tended to equipment being used to keep away crude gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.
CEO Tony Hayward talked with the workers Monday at Fourchon Beach while the crews tended to booms meant to soak up the oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Reporters were kept at a distance.
So, here’s my plea!!! Twitter bomb the news outlets! Post something to their facebook pages!!! Let them know that we need some major coverage down here because the Federal Government is just giving speeches and the Coast Guard is letting BP make all the decisions! Thank you!!!