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Posted 31 May 2010 - 06:50 PM

I'll be adding links to this page with time.

This is a major national ecological catastrophe.
It will also contribute to a deepening financial/economic crisis in the US.
It is a developing health crisis for the Gulf States and Florida and may eventually involve the East Coast.

HUFFINGTON POST - BP OIL SPILL
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/bp-oil-spill

Louisiana Police Pull Over Activist at Behest of BP
http://motherjones.com/rights-stuff/2010/06/BP-louisiana-police-stop-activist

The Fate of the Internet -- Decided in a Back Room
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/timothy-karr/the-fate-of-the-internet_b_620690.html

Oil Disaster Will Be End of Life As We Know It
http://johndotyjr.blogspot.com/2010/06/oil-disaster-will-be-end-of-life-as-we.html




Transcript: Obama talks about oil spill response
http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/06/15/transcript.obama.speech/index.html


Drill, Drill, Drill by Brent Burns
http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-456247?hpt=C2

US naval expert with ideas to stop oil spill ignored by BP

http://theflucase.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3691:us-naval-expert-with-ideas-to-stop-oil-spill-ignored-by-bp&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=64&lang=en#CommentForm

Toxic Oil Spill Rains Warned Could Destroy North America
http://www.eutimes.net/2010/05/toxic-oil-spill-rains-warned-could-destroy-north-america/

Oil giant BP gave millions to Capitol Hill coffers: federal records
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2010/05/30/2010-05-30_gas_co_pumps_millions_into_dc_coffers.html

Oil companies gave sex, drinks, gifts to federal overseers
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2008/09/10/52243/oil-companies-gave-sex-drinks.html



BP's Media Clampdown Continues: Activist Hassled By Louisiana Police (VIDEO)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/22/bps-media-clampdown-conti_n_621497.html


Gulf Oil Spill Time-Lapse Video From NASA Satellites Is Haunting (VIDEO)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/26/gulf-oil-spill-time-lapse_n_626600.html



How Crude Oil Can Harm You
Crude oil is a complex mixture of chemicals that can affect your brain, skin, lungs and nervous system.
http://news.discovery.com/human/crude-oil-harms-humans.html


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THE GIST

Crude oil toxins can attack your body in many ways at once.
Children and pregnant women are especially at risk.
Medical officers are already studying illnesses among oil recovery workers in the Gulf.
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Swimming in crude-slicked waters is an unsavory prospect at best and one that is most definitely unhealthful, although the molecular mechanics of why crude is so dangerous to humans are poorly understood, say toxics researchers.

Crude oil is a complex mixture of petrochemicals that includes all the most dangerous chemicals in gasoline, plus plenty of others -- clearly not something you want to be coated in.

"A lot of those chemicals are neurotoxins, which means they affect the brain," said Tracey Woodruff, an associate professor and director of the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment at the University of California at San Francisco.

Dizziness, euphoria, nausea, blurry vision and headaches are a few of the short-term effects of such compounds as benzene, toluene, and xylenes, which are also found in gasoline. The symptoms can be a lot like a very bad case of alcohol poisoning, she said, which also foul up the workings of the nervous system.

There are long-term health dangers too. Benzene, in particular, has been tied to adult leukemia and other cancers. Benzene does this by entering cells and damaging DNA material, Woodruff said, although the specifics are not well understood.

What makes crude oil potentially even more dangerous, however, is that it contains so many toxic chemicals that can all attack the body at once, Woodruff explained.

"The combination can, in many cases, have more effect," Woodruff said. "It's like getting hit from different sides -- right hook, left hook and on top of the head."

This sort of multiple attack is less well understood, as most studies tend to focus on one chemical at a time.

Another variable is how differently the toxins can affect different sorts of people.

"It definitely would be worse for children to be exposed," said Woodruff. Infants and even unborn children could also be seriously harmed because the neurotoxins can interfere with brain development, she said.

Many of the toxins in crude oil can be absorbed directly through the skin or lungs, so the only way to avoid them is to keep away or wear protective gear like specially-designed respirators, boots, gloves and suits.

Workers already involved in the clean up are particularly at risk, of course, and they are already reporting symptoms of all sorts, including physical injuries from slipping on the oil, plus heat and fatigue, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

A NIOSH team of two industrial hygienists (specialists in workplace hazards) and two medical officers arrived in Louisiana on June 2 to evaluate illnesses and injuries among groups of offshore workers. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has also agreed to provide medical reports of seven previously hospitalized fishermen for the study.

"NIOSH is working with OSHA, Coast Guard, and others to collect and analyze data about the exposures that the Deepwater Horizon response workers may be encountering in various stages of activity (offshore and onshore), and symptoms that response workers are reporting," said Fred Blosser, a spokesman for NIOSH.

"We're working intensely, and data collection/analysis are in progress. This will give us a basis for assessing potential hazards in various operations, and making recommendations."

As for the handful of journalists who have decided to throw caution to the wind and swim in the muck unprotected, it's just unwise, Woodruff explained. "It seems like something even the birds are trying to avoid."





CNN COVERAGE ON OIL SPILL
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2010/gulf.coast.oil.spill/

HUFFINGTON POST has some great articles on this oil spill
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/


Gulf Oil Spill Response: 'Tent Cities' Built For Cleanup Crews
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/30/gulf-oil-spill-response-t_n_595011.html

FROM THE COMMENTS:


kirkland 4 hours ago (6:10 PM)
16 Fans
"I am ENRAGED as i hear about the workers getting sick. they are showing signs of oil toxicity ( which can come from oil, gasolene, petroleum distillates ). Their faces may be burning, their lips also. They are going to need to be detoxed/ chelated with some significant medicines OR they will likely face neurological damage and increased serious illness. They will be SENSITIVE FOREVER once they reach their body burden for toxicity. Telling them not to inhale it is wise but absurd. they need to be wearing respirators if they cleaning it up. NO ONE is telling them about what they face as a result of exposure. No one is protecting them nor educating them so that they may protect themselves. I happen to know because I was exposed to a vat of heating oil left outside by a slumlord years back. I got very sick. I was tested and underwent a lengthy protocol. Oil is so toxic it is beyond frightening that this continues unabated. I hope that any worker who gets sick retains counsel. The US gov. is dropping the ball. OSHA and other Health Regulatory agencies are probably clueless. It took a specialist to discover why my face felt was burning , my lips on fire. Nausea, headaches, radiating pain and burning in odd places , respiratory distress, gastro intestional distress."

norkas 7 hours ago (3:07 PM)
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"If it can be verified that BP will fire anyone who has a respirator or protective clothing it is time for all of us to contribute in a movement to have this person fired and start will an aggressive PR campaign against this company on this subject."

plaidsportcoat 20 hours ago (1:54 AM)
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Read this about how BP will FIRE workers who wear respirators:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/riki-ott/at-what-cost-bp-spill-res_b_578784.html


plaidsportcoat 20 hours ago (1:40 AM)
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"IF CLEANUP WORKERS SHOW UP WITH PROTECTIVE CLOTHING ON - THEY ARE FIRED.
Call your Senators, Congress people on this! And call the White House on that, too. The OSHA regulations have been stripped so badly that they do not require people to use protective clothing around OIL!! Call Obama on that - and tell him to get his OSHA people on this. The workers are desperate for work since their entire income has been demolished so they won't wear the protective gear. I can't understand that particular mentality, it seems so suicidal since they already can see lots of people having respiratory effects from simply the FUMES, much less wading and boating in it."








At What Cost? BP Spill Responders Told to Forgo Precautionary Health Measures in Cleanup
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/riki-ott/at-what-cost-bp-spill-res_b_578784.html

EXCERPT:

Venice, Louisiana -- Local fishermen hired to work on BP's uncontrolled oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico are scared and confused. Fishermen here and in other small communities dotting the southern marshes and swamplands of Barataria Bay are getting sick from the working on the cleanup, yet BP is assuring them they don't need respirators or other special protection from the crude oil, strong hydrocarbon vapors, or chemical dispersants being sprayed in massive quantities on the oil slick.

Fishermen have never seen the results from the air-quality monitoring patches some of them wear on their rain gear when they are out booming and skimming the giant oil slick. However, more and more fishermen are suffering from bad headaches, burning eyes, persistent coughs, sore throats, stuffy sinuses, nausea, and dizziness. They are starting to suspect that BP is not telling them the truth.




BP 'systemic failure' endangers Gulf cleanup workers
http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcclatchy/20100529/pl_mcclatchy/3519831;_ylt=AkQ1lIJ7VVd6DRBzGwWkKqeyFz4D;_ylu=X3oDMTJnZjMydmw1BGFzc2V0A21jY2xhdGNoeS8yMDEwMDUyOS8zNTE5ODMxBGNwb3MDMgRwb3MDMTQEc2VjA3luX3RvcF9zdG9yeQRzbGsDYnAzOXN5c3RlbWlj


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WASHINGTON — Federal regulators complained in a scathing internal memo about "significant deficiencies" in BP's handling of the safety of oil spill workers and asked the Coast Guard to help pressure the company to address a litany of concerns.

The memo, written by a Labor Department official earlier this week and obtained by McClatchy , reveals the Obama administration's growing concerns about potential health and safety problems posed by the oil spill and its inability to force BP to respond to them.

BP said it's deployed 22,000 workers to combat the spill, which experts now estimate has spewed 37 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico . At this point, much of the oil remains offshore.

David Michaels , the assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health who wrote the memo, raised the concerns on Tuesday, the day before seven oil spill workers on boats off the coast of Louisiana were hospitalized after they experienced nausea, dizziness and headaches.

Late Friday, the disaster response team sent four more workers to the hospital by helicopter, including two with chest pains.

In his memo to Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen , Michaels said his agency has witnessed numerous problems at several work sites and staging areas through the Gulf Coast region.

"The organizational systems that BP currently has in place, particularly those related to worker safety and health training, protective equipment, and site monitoring, are not adequate for the current situation or the projected increase in clean-up operations," Michaels said in the memo.





Bin Laden Says He's 'Professionally Envious' of BP
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andy-borowitz/bin-laden-says-hes-profes_b_594508.html


Ed Markey Demands BP Produce Oil Plume Research, Data
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/31/ed-markey-bp-oil-plumes_n_595476.html


Gulf Oil Spill: Massive Underwater Plumes Spell Disaster, Scientists Say
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/31/gulf-oil-spill-oil-plumes-underwater_n_595471.html


Coast Guard Threatens to Arrest Journalists Trying to Film Oil Spill
http://www.wikio.com/video/cbs-journalist-threatened-arrest-filming-spill-3292088
http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=navclient&gfns=1&q=CBS+Journalist+threatened+with+arrest+for+filming+Oil+spill+YouTube

Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster:Total wellhead failure raises fear of worst case scenario
http://www.examiner.com/x-33986-Political-Spin-Examiner~y2010m5d3-Deepwater-Horizon-oil-spill-disasterTotal-wellhead-failure-raises-fear-of-worst-case-scenario

BP oil spill called ‘no accident’ (Video)
http://www.examiner.com/x-33986-Political-Spin-Examiner~y2010m5d26-BP-oil-spill-called-no-accident-Video

BP oil spill disaster update: The end of life as we know it in the Gulf of Mexico
http://www.examiner.com/x-33986-Political-Spin-Examiner~y2010m4d29-BP-oil-spill-disaster-The-end-of-life-as-we-know-it-in-the-Gulf-of-Mexico

The Cover-up: BP's Crude Politics and the Looming Environmental Mega-Disaster
http://oilprice.com/Environment/Oil-Spills/The-Cover-up-BP-s-Crude-Politics-and-the-Looming-Environmental-Mega-Disaster.html

BP, Obama Administration hide fear of irreversible damage from catastrophic Gulf oil spill
http://www.examiner.com/x-33986-Political-Spin-Examiner~y2010m5d9-Gulf-oil-spill-Suggestions-of-BP-cover-up-with-Obama-Administration-on-massive-amount-of-oil-being

Florida Gulf oil spill: Plans to evacuate Tampa Bay area are in place
http://www.examiner.com/x-17299-Hernando-County-Political-Buzz-Examiner~y2010m5d9-Gulf-Oil-Spill-2010-Plans-to-evacuate-Tampa-Bay-area-expected-to-be-announced

Not certain this is credible RE: Toxic rains associated with oil spill, but I'll post it anyway
Toxic Oil Spill Rains Warned Could Destroy North America
http://www.eutimes.net/2010/05/toxic-oil-spill-rains-warned-could-destroy-north-america/

Ed Markey Demands BP Produce Oil Plume Research, Data
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/31/ed-markey-bp-oil-plumes_n_595476.html

BP oil spill: death and devastation – and it's just the start
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/may/31/bp-oil-spill-death-impact

Getting Naked to Expose BP
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/medea-benjamin/getting-naked-to-expose-b_b_592207.html

Gulf Oil Spill: Massive Underwater Plumes Spell Disaster, Scientists Say
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/31/gulf-oil-spill-oil-plumes-underwater_n_595471.html


HUFFINGTON POST : BP OIL SPILL
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/bp-oil-spill


BP 'systemic failure' endangers Gulf cleanup workers
http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcclatchy/20100529/pl_mcclatchy/3519831;_ylt=AkQ1lIJ7VVd6DRBzGwWkKqeyFz4D;_ylu=X3oDMTJnZjMydmw1BGFzc2V0A21jY2xhdGNoeS8yMDEwMDUyOS8zNTE5ODMxBGNwb3MDMgRwb3MDMTQEc2VjA3luX3RvcF9zdG9yeQRzbGsDYnAzOXN5c3RlbWlj


Gulf Oil Spill: Ken Salazar Faces Calls For His Resignation
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/30/gulf-oil-spill-ken-salaza_n_594889.html


EXCLUSIVE: Deepwater Horizon Flyover Photos on the Day Top Kill Failed
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/karen-daltonbeninato/exclusive-deepwater-horiz_b_594657.html


GOP Spews Hypocrisies as BP Rig Gushes Gallons Into Gulf
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brian-ross/gop-spews-hypocrisies-as_b_594856.html


Mr. President, It was a Fatal Error to Trust BP
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/taylor-marsh/mr-president-it-was-a-fat_b_595220.html


OIL SPILL - WORST CASE SCENARIO
http://www.aesopinstitute.org/


Lawmaker disputes BP's claims about underwater oil
http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/05/31/gulf.oil.spill/index.html


Gulf Coast oil spill
http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2010/05/us/gallery.large.oil.spill/index.6.html


Gulf Coast oil spill demystified: A glossary
http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/05/25/gulf-coast-oil-spill-demystified-a-glossary/


BP told government in 2008 it could handle oil spill 10 times the size of one plaguing Gulf
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2010/06/01/2010-06-01_bp_told_government_in_2008_it_could_handle_oil_spill_10_times_the_size_of_one_pl.html

BP shares plunge as next Gulf fix gets underway
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_gulf_oil_spill









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Posted 01 June 2010 - 09:33 AM

Part Deux

British petroleum is a f#cking joke. Tony Hayward, BP CEO, should be summarily shot. The mood among Americans has turned decidedly fugly as the economic impacts are already staggering and Americans get the feeling that BP doesn't give a damn one way or the other. Obama had better get on the ball or it's going to get extremely ugly fast. Libs can spin this all they want but there is no way to cover up a disaster this severe. Own up, put up or shut the hell up - permanently. BP claimed in 2008 that they could contain an oil spill TEN TIMES the size of the one presently in the Gulf. What a bunch of arrogant morons. Their stock is going straight down as the public begins to realize that all BP ever has to offer is a lot of hot air and lies and obfuscation.


Gulf oil spill has BP in crosshairs of AG Eric Holder, Obama to talk with spill investigators
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2010/06/01/2010-06-01_gulf_oil_spill_has_bp_in_crosshairs_of_ag_eric_holder_obama_to_talk_with_spill_i.html

The White House oil spill public relations offensive
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2010/06/the_white_house_oil-spill_publ.html

The Gulf Under Siege!
http://www.eontarionow.com/international/2010/06/01/the-gulf-under-siege/


OIL SPILL PICS
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/galleries/louisiana_oil_spill/louisiana_oil_spill.html
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/galleries/louisiana_oil_spill/louisiana_oil_spill.html

Oil slick in Gulf of Mexico is a financial and ecological time bomb
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2010/05/01/2010-05-01_oil_slick_in_gulf_of_mexico_is_a_financial_and_ecological_time_bomb.html

Fears that BP cannot contain oil spill wipe $23 BILLION off company's value
http://www.nydailynews.com/money/2010/06/01/2010-06-01_fears_that_bp_cannot_contain_oil_spill_wipe_23_billion_of_companys_value.html

BP told government in 2008 it could handle oil spill 10 times the size of one plaguing Gulf
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2010/06/01/2010-06-01_bp_told_government_in_2008_it_could_handle_oil_spill_10_times_the_size_of_one_pl.html

Oil spill disaster: Tar Ball Shot is hottest drink on Grand Isle - with Oil Slick Daiquiri on tap
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2010/06/01/2010-06-01_a_tar_ball_to_drown_your_sorrows.html

Gulf oil spill has BP in crosshairs of AG Eric Holder, Obama to talk with spill investigators
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2010/06/01/2010-06-01_gulf_oil_spill_has_bp_in_crosshairs_of_ag_eric_holder_obama_to_talk_with_spill_i.html
Ugly, very FUGLY oil pic!

Obama orders more manpower to spill cleanup
http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/06/01/gulf.oil.spill/index.html?hpt=T1


Oil spill threatens Native American land
http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/06/01/oil.spill.native.americans/index.html?hpt=C1

GULF COAST OIL SPILL - CNN COVERAGE
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2010/gulf.coast.oil.spill/

Fears that BP cannot contain oil spill wipe $23 BILLION off company's value
http://www.nydailynews.com/money/2010/06/01/2010-06-01_fears_that_bp_cannot_contain_oil_spill_wipe_23_billion_of_companys_value.html
LOOK TO SEE MANY, MANY MORE PICS LIKE THIS ONE

BP facing criminal charges as Attorney General probes negligence over Gulf oil spill
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2010/06/01/2010-06-01_president_obama_bp_could_face_criminal_charges_over_gulf_oil_spill.html

Gulf oil spill: Vandal smears black paint over Manhattan BP gas station sign
http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/06/01/2010-06-01_gulf_oil_spill_vandal_smears_black_paint_over_manhattan_bp_gas_station_sign.html

Oil bigwig BP drops $7 billion on Devon Energy's oil fields
http://www.nydailynews.com/money/2010/03/11/2010-03-11_oil_bigwig_bp_drops_7_billion_on_devon_energys_oil_fields.html

Oil spills and hurricanes don't mix! Gulf region braces for worst as hurricane season starts
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2010/06/01/2010-06-01_oil_spills_and_hurricanes_dont_mix_gulf_region_braces_for_worst_as_hurricane_sea.html

Criminal Investigation Under Way in BP Gulf Spill (Update4)
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-06-01/criminal-investigation-under-way-in-bp-gulf-spill-update4-.html

http://www.businessweek.com/

http://popwatch.ew.com/2010/06/01/james-cameron-oil-spill/


Spill Draws Criminal Probe
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704875604575280983140254458.html?mod=googlenews_wsj


Obama Vows Changes to Laws to Prevent Future Spills (Update1)
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-06-01/obama-vows-changes-to-laws-to-prevent-future-spills-update1-.html

BP Seeks to Divert Oil Flow Until Relief Well Is Done (Update1)
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-06-01/bp-seeks-to-divert-oil-flow-until-relief-well-is-done-update1-.html

Facebook, Twitter Users Vent Wrath Over Oil Spill
http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/jun2010/tc2010061_650057.htm

http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=navclient&gfns=1&q=gulf+oil+spill


MSNBC's BP OIL SPILL COVERAGE
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36947751/


WARNING: THESE ARE HEARTBREAKING PICS
Gulf Oil Spill (PHOTOS): Animals In Peril
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/03/gulf-oil-spill-photos-ani_n_560813.html


A volcano of oil erupting
http://pesn.com/2010/05/13/9501651_a_volcano_of_oil_erupting/

BP Better At Stemming Journalists Than Oil Wells
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/25/bp-better-at-stemming-jou_n_589260.html

BP reaches key 'milestone' in halting Gulf oil leak
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/10230252.stm




















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Posted 04 June 2010 - 12:32 AM

effing part three

tony hayward is so damn arrogant - should be arrested then thrown in a concrete box and allowed to slowly rot. Alive.


Aruba disappearance suspect held in Peru killing
http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/06/03/1661922/chile-police-detain-dutchman-in.html



http://www.miamiherald.com/



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