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McClatchy – Justice Department sues BP, others over Gulf oil spill

December 16, 2010 Leave a comment

From McClatchy:

Justice Department sues BP, others over Gulf oil spill

By Erika Bolstad and Renee Schoof | McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON — BP and other companies not only ignored important safety and operating regulations, the Justice Department said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday, but it also failed to take necessary precautions to keep its Gulf of Mexico well under control before the April 20 blowout that killed 11 people.

While the full scope of the disaster isn’t yet known, the Justice Department wrote in its suit, “the consequences include lost lives, destroyed livelihoods, and grave harm to natural resources across several states and related waters.”

The lawsuit, the first phase in punishing the parties responsible for the spill, could wrest billions of dollars in civil penalties from nine companies the Justice Department blames, including BP, for allowing an estimated 4.1 million barrels of oil to gush into the Gulf of Mexico over three months. Because each barrel spilled carries a fine of as much as $4,300, those flow-rate estimates — derived by a government team and already disputed by BP — will be at the heart of the multi-billion dollar case.

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MORE TROUBLE: Gulf smells like tap water, no salt or fish smell

December 1, 2010 Leave a comment

AP: Nothing alive above 35 feet — Gets worse closer to shore

October 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Dahr Jamail – Evidence Refutes BP’s and Fed’s Deceptions

October 4, 2010 Leave a comment

From Truthout:

Monday 4 October 2010

Dahr Jamail | Evidence Refutes BP’s and Fed’s Deceptions

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: “In August, Truthout conducted soil and water sampling in Pass Christian Harbor, Mississippi; on Grand Isle, Louisiana; and around barrier islands off the coast of Louisiana, in order to test for the presence of oil from BP’s Macondo Well. Laboratory test results from the samples taken in these areas show extremely high concentrations of oil in both the soil and water. These results contradict consistent claims made by the federal government and BP since early August that much of the Gulf of Mexico is now free of oil and safe for fishing and recreational use…. A comprehensive sampling regime across the Gulf, taken regularly over the years ahead, is clearly required in order to implement appropriate cleanup responses and take public safety precautions.”

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by: Peter H. Stone, Center for Public Integrity | Report

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Bob Woodward’s “Obama’s Wars” and the Importance of Reportage

by: Melvin A. Goodman, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed

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Dan Froomkin – 40 Fold Increase In Carcinogenic Compounds In Gulf

September 30, 2010 Leave a comment

From the Huffington Post:

Researchers Found 40-Fold Increase In Carcinogenic Compounds In Gulf

Dan Froomkin

Researchers testing the waters off Louisiana in June found hugely elevated levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, some of which are known carcinogens.

The researchers from Oregon State University say that a device taking samples just off the shore of Louisiana’s Grande Isle registered a 40-fold increase in PAHs between May and June.

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More reports of flesh-eating bacteria in the Gulf

September 28, 2010 Leave a comment
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Florida Oil Spill Law – ALERT: Plumes of Corexit/oil mix causing microbes to have “Mutant DNA”

September 27, 2010 Leave a comment

From Florida Oil Spill Law:

ALERT: Plumes of Corexit/oil mix causing microbes to have “Mutant DNA” that can be “passed on” says [University of South Florida researchers] researcher appearing tomorrow on National Geographic

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See also “Super bug”: Oil pollution expert says genes of microbes have been modified to “EAT oil better” — Rashes may be caused by MRSA-like infection (VIDEO):

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From OilFlorida:

AUDIO: Oil-eating microbes impacting humans? Corexit dispersant may genetically change bacteria in Gulf

ARTICLE: USF research included in TV special on Gulf spill, Tampa Tribune, September 27, 2010:

Excerpts The [University of South Florida researchers] discovered plumes of dispersed oil at the bottom of an undersea canyon about 40 miles off the Florida Panhandle. It was found to be toxic to microscopic sea organisms, causing mutations to their DNA. If this plankton at the base of the marine food chain is contaminated, it could affect the whole ecosystem of the Gulf. “I call these canaries in the coal mine as they are the first to feel the effects,” [University of South Florida researcher John Paul who is included in a documentary debuting Tuesday night in the National Geographic Channel] says. … “The problem with mutant DNA is that it can be passed on and we don’t how this will affect fish or other marine life,” he says, adding that the effects could last for decades.

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