The post-spill recovery of the Gulf of Mexico took a couple of big hits this week – revelations that indicate a full recovery may take years to realize. NOAA released a “damage assessment” study showing that Gulf bottlenose dolphins – nearly two years on from the worst oil spill in U.S. history – are severely ill, exhibiting signs of anemia as well as lung and liver disease (see link...
Ever wonder how former BP CEO Tony Hayward is doing now that he got his life back? Sometimes you have to wonder how Tony is faring these days back in the UK when you hear how brutally hard life has become for thousands of residents across the Gulf Coast. NPR has a gut-wrenching glimpse of just how hard things have gotten for victims of Mr. Hayward’s oil spill.
Originally posted Feb 19, 2011
It seems the “Mission Accomplished” crowd is dusting off a Bush-era tactic for their latest all-clear declaration, trying to brand impeccably conducted, lab-certified research on seafood contamination as “junk science.” We’ve see this same attack-the-science tactic on issues ranging from global warming to stem cell research.
Originally posted 8/16/2010
“Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?” –Groucho Marx
What happens when the government sides with the oil company time and again over several months, doing things like low-balling oil-flow rates and allowing toxic dispersant to pollute the environment? You get a total lack of trust – and the conflict is now playing out in Mississippi.
Originally posted 8/15/2010
Originally posted 8/16/2010.
WPI Chemical Engineer Marco Kaltofen speaks about the dangers of dispersants and explains his own experiment that found that dispersant use makes oil 35x more available in the water column. Stay tuned for more from Mr. Kaltofen
A year after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, safeguarding the health of the Gulf Coast community is still not the priority it should be. Here's a post from May of 2010 that foretold some of the problems we're seeing today.