For months now, we have read stories and watched videos of what’s actually happening in the gulf. These stories come from people who are there, who are being lied to and feel that the internet is the only way to get the information out. While the major media is covering the story, often they skip over the important details of what’s really happening on the ground.
Last week, it very much appeared that the US government was going to put into place measures that would protect BP.
Before the 4th of July weekend, there was unreported maneuver in the Senate designed to protect BP and the federal government from liability in the Gulf disaster.
Senate Democrats asked unanimous consent to pass legislation that would give the BP Oil Spill Commission the subpoena power it needs to do its job.
The US House of Representatives voted 420 to 1 to give the presidential commission investigating the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico full subpoena power. The Senate blocked it.
“Frankly, it’s time we have a vote after so many Republican objections to this commonsense legislation,” said Sen. Robert Menendez. “[This bill] asserts that we want to protect those families, taxpayers, not oil company profits.”
In the mean time, BP is dumping millions of gallons of Corexit into the gulf. Corexit is banned in Europe. It is a deadly dispersant that no one wants to talk about and BP has been dumping it into the ocean since the oil spill began. Incidently, Rodney F. Chase is on the board of directors for Nalco, the company that makes Corexit. Mr. Chase served on the board of BP for 11 years before creating Nalco with a fellow Exxon executive.
This dispersant when applied on the surface of warm water evaporates quickly into the atmosphere. It changes from a liquid into a gas, and we have many reports now and photographs showing up on the internet of unexplained crop damage. Leaves are wilting, turning colors all over the region as a result of the Corexit.
BP was ordered to quit using Corexit, but they have ignored the order and the government has yet to force them to stop.
After initially approving Corexit, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency retracted its allowance and ordered BP to stop dumping the chemical substance by Sunday, May 23. BP ignored the order, as it had purchased more than a third of the world’s supply of Corexit. Nalco Co., formed in-part by a longtime member of BP’s board of directors, is in process of mass producing more in Sugarland, Texas.
The EPA followed up on May 26 by ordering BP to reduce the volume of Corexit output by 75 percent. Again, BP did not comply, according to CNN.
“Before May 26, BP used 25,689 gallons a day of the chemical dispersant Corexit,” the network reported on July 2. “Since then, CNN’s analysis shows, the daily average of dispersant use has dropped to 23,250 gallons a day, a 9 percent decline.”
The EPA says they are monitoring the use of Corexit and if it becomes more of a deterrent than a benefit, it will force BP to stop using it. Considering the fact that BP has thumbed their noses at government officials, it is unlikely that they would listen even when it become a danger, which some believe it already has.
Fast Company magazine added: “in a statement to the Gulf Oil Disaster Recovery Group, toxicology expert Dr. William Sawyer elaborated on the risks associated with Corexit. According to Sawyer, Corexit is also known as deodorized kerosene-a substance with health risks to humans as well as sea turtles, dolphins, breathing reptiles, birds, and any species that need to surface for air exchanges.”
Breathing dispersant fumes is what’s thought to have sickened and number of spill response workers. Crew members aboard three separate vessels “reported experiencing nausea, dizziness, headaches and chest pains,”
Instead of admitting the truth to what is happening and trying to solve the problem, the Obama administration is allowing BP to clean up its own mess however it wants, with little to no oversight. To further their agenda, reporters are now being banned from reporting on the spill and are denied access to beaches and other areas that BP do not want them near.
BP and the US government are only concerned about their bottom line. They aren’t watching out for the helpless animals trapped in this nightmare. They don’t care what happens, ecologically, to the gulf, and they certainly appear to be ignoring the health and welfare issues of the people who live and work in the gulf.
The greed and carelessness shown by officials is having a lasting, devastating effect on everyone and everything. Entire species will be lost as sea animals did not evolve to be able to survive the selfishness of corporations.
The truth is, we don’t know what’s really happening and forcing blanket bans on reporting will prevent anyone from knowing what really is happening in the gulf. We need more people to step up and report the truth. We have a right to be at the beaches. We have a right to be informed as to what’s happening. This can all be easily done without interfering with what BP is trying to do. Doing nothing makes the situation worse and allows BP, who caused the disaster, to claim whatever they want.
In the beginning, BP just looked inept. Now, they appear to be willfully damaging the environment and the US government is playing along.