BP Oil Spill One Year Ago- Happy Earth Week- Where is the Gulf?

Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone
Image via Wikipedia Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone

Today a year ago the BP Deep Water Well blew up in the Gulf of Mexico and spewed out millions of gallons of oil until mid-July when they finally capped the well. It is fitting that CNN looked back on the Gulf last night with many of the same players in the Louisiana parishes who have fought BP then and now.  Where is the Gulf in this year of recovery?

Many experts say it isn’t as bad as it could have been and much of the oil has gone, but many of the locals say that isn’t true, because oil is still washing up in the marshes and coating the grasses and the Pelicans are getting it on their breasts and dying.  So is BP still in the Gulf?  Not where you can see them?  They are not present cleaning up the marshes and making sure that the oil is being cleaned up where the locals are seeing it.

Where is President Obama in this crisis? Vacant according to the local people, they don’t think the President pressured BP to do enough.  It was clear during the crisis that no one knew who was in charge? BP or the Government?  That seems to still be the problem today.

Many places in the Gulf are still not recovered according to the local fishermen.  They do not fish in many of the places they used to go. Yet BP still wants to drill in the Arctic and pollute more waters that feed the world.  They had a deal with Russia that fell apart, and let’s hope that no one will do another deal with BP because they do not seem to know how to plan for disasters or to clean up the ones that they create when one does happen.

Much of the money pledged to the people in the Gulf according to CNN is arriving too little, and too late for many of the people there.  BP doesn’t want to release the money until stringent guidelines are met.  Many say the guidelines are unrealistic.  Perhaps BP should walk a mile in the shoes of the people in the Gulf so they can have their lives back before BP took it away a year ago today!  Reuse, Renew and Recycle, Happy Earth Week!


4 Comments Add yours

    1. We must continue to let the Country know what is happening to our beautiful Gulf. Thank you!

  1. Bill Reeder says:

    Oil Spill Eater II
    Testing of OSE II by Dr. Tsao of British Petroleum
    BioChem Strike Team Leader

    Regarding the Effectiveness of OSE II Remediating Oil from Deepwater Horizon, Blow Out, Gulf of Mexico
    British Petroleum tested Oil Spill Eater II at Louisiana State University. Relevant sections of BP’s BCST (Bio Chem Strike Team) test results are posted.
    British Petroleum formed the Bio Chem Strike Team (BCST). Under the direction of Dr. Tsao, BCST was established in response to the Deepwater Horizon incident by the Alternative Response Technology (ART) program. The BCST consisted of experts from BP, LSU, LDEQ (Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality), USCG (U.S. Coast Guard), OSPR (California), SCAT, and highly experienced oil spill response consultants. Furthermore, BCST operated in conjunction EPA and NOAA.
    The tests were conducted with Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometry EPA test procedures. PAH and Alkane degradation was quantified.
    OSE II showed a great ability to remediate PAH’s, and Alkanes. By the conclusion of the testing time frame, OSE II remediated 80% of both components of the oil. Based on total concentration levels of the PAH’s OSE II actually remediated 200 %of the PAH’s or 162% of the total of both oil fractions.
    released by BP which ended up in Bay Jimmy, Louisiana.
    This test by a major oil company is the second major testing of OSE II on two of the largest spills on water in the history of Earth caused by Man. Exxon tested OSE II in 1989 and discovered OSE II was the most effective product on Alaskan Crude oil from the Valdez spill.
    BP has now successfully tested OSE II on their spill in the Gulf of Mexico which is over 600,000,000 gallons of oil spilled.
    Dr. Tsao wrote “After nearly one year since the Deepwater Horizon spill, residual weathered oil remains in many locations. The need for a field trial to establish operational criteria for final bioremediation work plans should be initiated before early Spring 2011.”
    The OSEI Corporation after over 16,000 spill clean ups in the past 21½ years, stated the logistics in regard to the successful application of OSE II were worked out some time ago.
    The remediation of the PAH’s also verifies that OSE II is an effective first response bioremediation product, and has benefits:
    ) causes the oil to float which limits the negative toxic impact to the water column or ocean floor of the oil and dispersant
    ) reduction of the adhesion properties so the oil cannot stick to birds, grass, rock or sand on shorelines
    ) elimination of fire hazard
    ) proven non-toxic by the numerous toxicity tests, you can safely wash your hands with it, the TV news program in which Retired Rear Admiral Lively drank some of it
    ) OSE II causes the oil to float, because of the method in which it goes to work on the oil, it is still very difficult to see
    ) defined end point of turning the oil into water and CO2
    OSE II is the best and only needed oil spill response that will, even at this late date, remediate oil and dispersant currently in the Gulf.

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