Saturday, May 01, 2010
OILSPILL Update for the Gulf : Saturday May 1st
April29th NASA photo
From BBC diagram shows the Growth and spread of Oil Slick
Now compare this graph that shows Where the Booms are to be set up for Protection,but the Booms Diagram clearly shows that the NOLA Coast is not protected near as well as Biloxi or Pensacola-Someone needs to address this issue STAT:
People looking to volunteer with the response, call (866) 448-5816. To report affected wildlife, call (866) 557-1401, claims (800) 440-0858 If you want to help or Volunteer I have whole post below on how to help that has links and resources.
BBC has extensive coverage of the Disaster and pulls no punches in their coverage and the questions about BP and their handling of this event. They even include the Lawsuits in their reporting. It is also worth seeing the BBC photo section of Animals and birds at risk, really amazing album.
For HEALTH RELATED concerns regarding the oil spill, contact the Poison Control Center at (800) 222-1222.
( as a Nurse I encourage anyone with heart issues or asthma /COPD need to really take care as the fumes come to shore.Also anyone with immune problems or damage. If people do go out while the fumes or air is contaminated remember to cover up and wear masks especially if fumes causes coughing.)
Collaborative Website has Updates from Coast Guard and other groups and Orgs, Including Government Agencies it is called "Deepwater Horizon Response".
EPA has set up whole website for the Gulf and Oilspill and Lisa Jackson said in the Presser today that there were Mobile Labs on the way to monitor the air water and soil. And that Results will be posted on Website she is also going to stay for awhile and monitor and hold town meetings and press conferences. Today seeing her and Ken Salazar there from Interior and Napolitano from HLS and that they stated there will be Investigations was somehow very different, and more transparent.It is unsettling that for the past 8 days BP has been trying to hide this Huge growing Oil Slick. The most concerning revelation from today's presser was that the Rig did explode and there are three actual Leaks.but also that the site is leaking at the Seabed level 5000 feet down.
NOAA is already monitoring effects on the ecosystems and sealife.Oysterbeds are already closing. The First Birds were treated today and More help is being organized to even include the local fisherman getting Hazmat training.
To submit ideas for stopping the OilLeak Call (281) 366-5511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org #OilSpill
Wall Street Journal has very concerning article explaining that a Safety Device was not on the Rig that might have saved lives. It was not purchased,yet in other countries it is required. It Costs $500,000, it would have saved millions or billions. I encourage you read this post and learn about the Missing part.
NPR Blogs has update about the FEDS concerns about this Disaster and that it is worse than we know.
Attorney General Holder is sending Teams from Justice Department to New Orleans. ( This was announced within hours of the Cabinet members arriving in NOLA. ( EPALisa Jackson and Ken Salazar and Janet Napolitano arrived there today and gave a presser on the situation.I think it is important to remember that for 8 days BP said the situation was under control.But the NASA photos clearly show that the situation was not under control and now we know there are THREE leaks and that there is oil leaking at the Seabed.
Local Fisherman from the Gulf are ready to help with Clean up and get Hazmat training. Please do share this with NOLA Folks and Gulf residents especially if they want to help, because the Fisherman will need help as well.
Greenpeace has photos of the Gulf that are really impressive in showing how dire the situation really is.
On Twitter @SkyTruth has great links and resources.He found this link to RealNews Video that shows how University of Miami is mapping the Disaster. 3minutes.
Jason Leopold has amazing post that is written with reports from a Whistleblower regarding BP's way of handing safety issues that is very concerning but a Must Read in Truthout . It really raises questions about their Responsibility in the disaster.
GAP ( Government Accountibiliaty Project has more details emerging regarding problems that Whistleblowers are bringing forth. hatip to Unclo on Twitter for finding this)
Must read post by John Besh who is a NOLA chef raises questions about what this Disaster will do to the Fishing Industry nad the Wetlands Ecosystem.
NASA photos are stunning and really help show how much of the Gulf is at risk at this point.
Halliburton's role in the BP Disaster will shock you....or not. (Huffpo)
ENIGMA MESSAGE: I am encouraging Everyone to Write to President Obama and demand, request that the OilSpill be declared a Federal Emergency ASAP I watched General Honore on CNN today and he reinforced that this would get Aid and Organization moving MUCH faster. It will not change the rate the disaster is moving at this point, but it will change the rate at which the Response is handled and the Consequences for our Neighbors in the Gulf. This is about their lives, Livelihood and their health and their Coast. Please Write, Call and Email and even twitter today.
You can follow me on Twitter @watergatesummer for all updates during the day. Also have set up a GULF list that is tracking all people/orgs that are tracking the Disaster.