On April 20, 2010 a wellhead blowout on the BP Deepwater Horizon drilling rig is said to have caused an "oil gusher" that is rapidly contaminating the Gulf of Mexico waters and may seriously endanger oceans worldwide, as well as regional shoreline and land communities.  Efforts to contain the spill were chaotic and unsuccessful until July 15, 2010, when the last of three valves was officially capped.  Although we are now being told that the oil is rapidly vanishing, the BP Oil Spill is being referred to as the world's most serious environmental disaster.  Read ocean writer Julia Whitty's article titled "The BP Cover-Up" here.
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Louisiana waterway with fish


A Pensacola, Florida resident has this to show (click photos to enlarge):

Pensacola beach with tar
Tar on Pensacola Beach
Pensacola tar
Pensacola tar, close-up
Burying tar, Pensacola
Burying the tar, Pensacola





Here's a thermal image of the Gulf Stream current ... and where the oil might be eventually be carried.  Strange facts are that Goldman Sachs sold $300 million of BP shares only weeks before the incident, as did BP chief Tony Hayward (£1.4 million).  And, eight days before the Gulf blowout, Halliburton bought Boots & Coots, the world’s largest oil-spill clean-up company.  Hmmm ... Read more here.

Gulf Stream current
A thermal image of the Gulf Stream current, and where the oil might travel

The Exxon Valdez sprang its catastrophic leak in 1989.  Today, some 20 years later, nearly all who worked to clean up the spill are no longer alive.  A CNN news report puts the average lifespan of Valdez clean-up workers at 51 years -- which is 27 years less than the national life expectancy!  With the BP spill surging through the Gulf and the chemicals being used to address it (Corexit, for one), what can those involved expect?  "Exposure to contaminants is something humans are supposed to avoid, but in this case it is a draw card for work in a broken national economy," writes Tim King of Salem-news.com.

Gulf locals are already reporting physical symptoms -- headache, vomiting and heartburn.  Besides being filled with oil, the water is turning into a "toxic soup of dangerous methane, deadly benzene, hydrogen sulfide, toxic gases, and approximately two million gallons of highly toxic dispersants that include Corexit 9500," King reports.  CNN stated on July 5, 2010 that there were still 23,250 gallons of dispersant being dumped into Gulf waters daily -- only 9% less than BP began with. Who will be willing to risk their lives dealing with these materials?  Watch this clip from CNN and read Tim King's full article here:



Watch CNN's report on how much BP cut back on chemical use, after being ordered to by the EPA: